While we are all playing at home, we can also think about playing around the home and not just inside. Playing around the home can give new opportunities for active play, whether you have a yard, a green nearby or a back garden. Especially now the weather is getting warmer, bring your indoor play outside!
For playing solo or with family members:
Build dens - throw a large sheet across the washing line to make a hideaway
Have a picnic or barbeque with real food or pretend: loose parts, sticks, gravel, leaves, water, olds pots and pans
Leave an area of the garden for muddy play
- let your child dig and mix water for messy play!
For playing with 2 or 3 neighbouring children, and making a plan for play:
Go on a scavenger hunt! Use paint or chalk to turn stones into treasure and hide these around the neighbourhood for others to find
Play games that don’t need you to get close to others: water gun fights, frizbee, ball and racket games
Chalk games- create chalk ‘obstacle courses’ along the paths for others to follow
Play extra-large Noughts and Crosses: use your chalk to draw a large # on the path, and take turns to fill in the O or the X
The following games have been taken from the book 'Under the Moon, Over the Stars: Irish Urban Street Games' written by Díóg O'Connell, which chronicles the games played by Irish children for generations. This book can be purchased from bookstores online.
Contains skipping rhymes, ball games and other outside games for you to play on your own.