Family Activities

Youth and Family Engagement Activities

Looking for some fun family activities to stay busy while you’re practicing safe social distancing and staying at home? Our Community Center staff is here to provide you with weekly programming that you can do at home with your family. At the beginning of each month, we will update this page with new activities for you to enjoy at home with your family, so come back regularly.

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- Week of January 24 - 28, 2022 (Download PDF)
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How To Make Slime
Materials: Glue, water, borax, food coloring

Directions:
  1. Bowl: Pour 1/4 cup glue, 1/4 cup of water and 4 drops of food coloring into a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon.
  2. Cup: Mix 1/2 teaspoon borax into 1/2 cup of water and stir until borax dissolves.
  3. Slowly pour the borax solution from the cup into the large mixing bowl with the glue and stir slowly.
  4. Continue stirring until a slimy mixture forms.
  5. Once the slime has formed, knead the mixture until it becomes less sticky.

Nature Treasure Hunt
Work with children to brainstorm a list of “treasures” found outside (e.g. flowers, a bug, animal tracks, a smooth rock, etc.) Explore the backyard, playground, or park to see what all can be found. Invite children to draw, journal, or take a picture of what they find and compare to other outdoor spaces. To make it a little more challenging, have children identify or look for certain items that have a specific shape, color, or purpose (e.g. used for cooking or in medicine, can be used to build a shelter, food, etc.).

Time Capsule
Put anything you want to remember along with your resolutions in a container and then hide it till next year.

 

- Week of January 17 - 21, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Evaporation Art
Materials: Shallow trays with rims, cardstock or heavy paper cut to fit the bottom of the trays, food coloring in various colors, cups, eyedroppers or small spoons

Directions:
 1. Fill the cups halfway with water.
 2. Place a few drops of food coloring into each cup.
 3. Use your eyedropper or small spoon to drop the colored water onto your paper. Try to use different amounts of water each time, so that you'll be able to see the different rates of evaporation.
 4. See how your artwork changes as it dries, and the water evaporates!

Celebrity Hunt
Everyone writes the name of a celebrity, famous person or character on a piece of paper and then they stick to the forehead of the player on their left (use tape or office Post-It notes). Make sure they don’t see the name. The objective is to work out who you are. Going around the table, each payer takes a turn to ask the party questions about who they are, answers can be YES or NO only. If you get a YES you may continue asking, if you get a NO play moves on to the left. First person to guess their name is declared the winner.

 

- Week of January 10 - 14, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Toilet Paper Bowling
Aim for a strike with toilet paper bowling. Stack toilet paper rolls into a pyramid and use a soup can or a ball for an easy (and quiet) game of bowling! Stack the rolls in different shapes or at different heights to shake up the game.

Sound Mapping
Materials: Piece of paper (one for each participant), pencil or pen, compass (optional)

Directions:
  1. Go somewhere in your house, your backyard, a park, or another place with lots of different sounds
  2. When you’ve found your spot, put a mark in the center of your paper. Your mark can be an “X,” a dot, or even a drawing of yourself. This mark represents you. The blank space around your mark represents your surroundings.
  3. If you’d like, use a compass to mark north, east, south, and west on your map.
  4. Close your eyes and listen for any sounds.
  5. When you hear a sound, notice the direction the sound is coming from. Is the sound moving or is it still?
  6. Mark the sound on your paper in the direction you heard it. If the sound came from your right, put a mark on the right side of your paper. Draw or write what sounds you heard to help you remember later.
  7. Continue listening and filling your paper with all the sounds you heard.
  8. Review your map. If doing this experiment with friends, it’s always fun to share your data.

Leaf Rubbings
Gather pretty leaves, branches, or twigs. Lay the items out on a table and grab two pieces of paper and crayons. Lay one leaf on a piece of paper and place the other piece of paper on top. Hold the leaf in place by pressing down on the paper and rub the side of a crayon across the leaf. You’ll start to see the print of the leaf come through almost like magic! Repeat to make a collage with all of the items you’ve collected and use different colors.

 

- Week of January 3 - 7, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Make Your Own Rainbow
Materials: Big bowl full of water in a clear container, small mirror, sheet of white paper, sunlit window

Directions:
  1. Place the bowl in front of the window.
  2. Place the mirror part-way into the water facing the light.
  3. Hold the piece of paper up to intercept the reflection.
  4. A rainbow should appear on the paper in bands of color.

Guess the Resolutions
Make each participant write down resolutions, each on its own slip of paper. Pull one slip of paper out of a basket at a time and read it out loud. Everyone must write down who they think made each resolution. At the end of the readings, the person who guessed the most correctly wins a prize.

Ring Toss
Glue an empty paper towel roll to the center of a paper plate. Grab a handful of paper plates and cut out the middle to make a ring. Take turns tossing and see how many you can land! You can also turn it into arts and craft exercise and decorate the rings with crayons, paint, or markers.


- Week of January 31 - February 4, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Love Bugs
Supplies: Pom Poms, Pipe Cleaners, Googly Eyes, Construction Paper (White, Red, Pink), Glue Stick.

Cut one pipe cleaner into 4 equal pieces. Each Love Bug gets two pieces for their antennas. Curl the ends of the pipe cleaner a third of the way down and set it aside. Choose a color of paper and cut out a small heart. This will be the bug’s feet. Next glue a pom-pom to the heart with the curves of the heart facing you. Then take the two pipe cleaners and glue them to the top of the pom-pom. After that, glue the googly eyes on and your love bug is complete.

Happy Baby Pose
Start laying on the floor, back on the ground, slowly bringing your knees to your chest. Next extend your legs to the ceiling/sky, hold for 30 seconds, then bring your knees back to your chest, this time grabbing your feet and holding for 30+ seconds. You will feel this stretch in your entire back, in your tail bone, as well as in your arms and shoulder blades.

 

- Week of February 7 - 11, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Chinese New Year 3D Lantern
Supplies: Construction Paper (Red, Yellow), Scissors, Glue, Tape, Pens, Crayons, Pencils, Markers, Glitter (If you want), and some string.

First, take a red and a yellow sheet of paper and glue the edges together. Do not put glue in the middle of the paper. Let the paper dry, then fold the paper in half, the hot dog way. Next, cut a 2-inch-wide fringe, starting at the fold, up to the open side, stopping about 2 inches from the end of the paper. Twist the paper a little and glue both ends to each other. Lastly, add on the handle using the string.

Dragon Pose
Start laying on the floor, face to the ground. Bring one leg up and place your foot on the ground. Keep the other leg flat, behind you. If you are unable to do this, lift your body up as if you are in a deep lunge. Hold this pose for 30 seconds.

Confetti Launcher
Supplies: Empty Toilet Paper Roll, Markers, a Balloon, Scissors, a Rubber Band, and some Confetti (store bought or handmade.)

First decorate the toilet paper roll. Next, cut a medium sized hole in the top of the balloon. Then tie a knot in the end of the balloon. After that, stretch the open side of the balloon over the toilet roll. Secure the balloon with a rubber band. Lastly, fill the toilet paper roll up with confetti, then hold onto the rubber band, and pull the knot at the end of the balloon.

The confetti is launched! If you want to make it into a contest, try to see who can launch the confetti the farthest.

 

- Week of February 14 - 18, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Mardi Gras Handprint Mask
Supplies: Construction Paper (Green, Purple, Yellow), Scissors, Tape, Pens, Crayons, Pencils, Markers, Glitter (If you want), and a straw.

First take a piece of paper in your choice of color and fold it hamburger-wise. Place your non-dominant hand on top of the paper with the crease of the paper near your wrist. Next trace your whole hand, and cut it out, not cutting apart the fold. Then cut out eye holes and begin decorating. Lastly, tape the straw to the back of the mask, and it’s done.

Fit for a King/Queen
Go outside and find an open space, mark off 5 spots starting 1ft apart, 3ft apart, 6ft apart, and 9ft apart. Sprint from the starting spot, back to the line. Then continue until you have reached the 9ft spot and sprinted back. Do this 3 times.

Simon Shows Parade Line
Everybody gets in a line, standing directly behind each other. One person stands in the front of the line, facing everybody else. That person is Simon. They are to move their body without speaking, and the person facing them is to do as Simon does. The rest of the people in line are to figure out what Simon did, by watching from the back of the person in front of them. After each round, move up one spot and the Simon, goes to the back of the line.

 

- Week of February 21 - 25, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Madame C.J. Walker’s Relay
Background Information: Madame C.J. Walker was the first black woman millionaire in North America, but her passion was to improve the lives of impoverished women by developing hair care products. Although she grew up poor, she showed the world that anyone with determination and good work ethics could improve one's life and the lives of others.

Supplies: Equal number of hair care items for each group (comb, brush, travel size shampoo and conditioner, hair ornaments such as headbands), two buckets or hoops for each group.

Divide youth into equal teams, no more than three or four on a team. The teams will stand at one end of the play area next to their bucket or hoop, run to the other end of the play area to retrieve an item from the bucket and return to teammates to place the item in the "home" bucket. The next person will run to the other end of the play area and retrieve the next item, and the game continues until all items are retrieved.

Garrett Morgan’s Traffic Light
Background Information: Garrett Morgan is famous for his invention of the traffic light. Many lives were saved through using a traffic light to control the flow of traffic.

Two lines are established at opposite ends of the playing area. One line is the goal line, the other is the starting line. One player is “It” and stands on the goal line and closes his eyes. The rest of the players are at the start line. When "It" calls “green light,” players move toward him. When "It" calls "red light" he opens his/her eyes, and all the players must stop moving. Any player who is caught in motion must return to the starting line. Keep playing until a player reaches the goal line, then select another person to be "It".


- Week of February 28 – March 4, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Fitness Shuffle
This is a great indoor game that doesn't require a lot of room or equipment, and everyone can enjoy it. Each person receives a small bean bag or coin to put on the tops of their feet. Keeping feet together, the players "shuffle" their feet forward a little at a time letting the object fall off their feet. Create a finish line and have each player race to the end. Try racing an adult against a child or to have a tag team event if you have several children.

Musical Freeze Improvisations
Play several snippets of music. Each will be different in character, and participants are encouraged to move "the way the music sounds." Stress the importance of freezing INSTANTLY, in whatever position you find yourself in. After the group has got the hang of it, start adding instructions during the freeze. After the music stops and everyone freezes, say, "Go!" and each participant launches immediately into a spontaneous improvisation, suggested by the position in which he or she is frozen. Only let the improvisation go for a few seconds, then yell, "stop!" Start the next piece of music, and once again participants move to the music.

Heads, Bodies and Tails
This old-fashioned parlor game requires two or more people, a piece of paper and at least one pencil. In Heads, Bodies and Tails the first player draws a hat and then folds the paper over to reveal only the brim. The next player, without looking at the first picture, draws a head, leaving only the neck. Player 3 (or the first player again) draws the body, leaving the waist. The next person draws the legs, and then finally someone draws the shoes.

 

- Week of March 4 - 11, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Spring has Sprung!
Materials Needed: paper plate, paint & paintbrushes (or Dotters), piece of white cardstock, piece of pastel colored cardstock, scissors, glue stick, green markers, and a Sharpie.
   - Turn your paper plate over and have youth paint the back of the plate.
   - While the plate dries, have youth use green paint and green markers to cover the white piece of cardstock.
   - Draw a tulip or flower with a Sharpie on the front of the paper plate (non-paint side). Then use scissors to cut out the flower tops.
   - Cut out leaves and stems from the green painted white piece of cardstock.
   - Use a Sharpie to draw the outline of the flower, leaf, and stem onto another piece of pastel cardstock. This outline will help your child when he is positioning the parts (leaves, flowers, stem) and make it kind of like a puzzle.
   - Have youth cover the back of the pieces with glue and stick them to the outline on the pastel piece of paper.
   - Hang your flowers where you can see them often and get even more excited that spring has arrived!

Freeze and Justify
The group sits or stands around the acting space. Two people enter the space and begin to improvise a scene, with dialogue and as much physical action as possible. At any moment, anyone else in the group may shout, "FREEZE!" The actors freeze instantly and exactly. The person who stopped the scene taps one of the actors on the shoulder. The actor sits down, and the new person takes his or her position exactly. The new person must now initiate a new and DIFFERENT scene. The scene must flow naturally from the positions of the two bodies, and it is the new person's responsibility to communicate to his or her partner and to the audience what the new scene is about. At any moment another person may shout, "FREEZE!" and it begins again.

TV Tag
It is a basic game of freeze tag, but in this case the person that unfreezes the frozen player must call out a TV show title each time. The catch of the game is that every TV show can only be used once!

 

- Week of March 14 - 18, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Water Lilly Paper Plate
Materials Needed: paper plate, green acrylic paint, paintbrush, scissors, pencil, glue stick, rose and yellow papers
   - Start by gathering all your materials to make this water-lily paper-plate craft. Draw the shape of the water lily leaf on a paper plate and cut it out. Make a circle on the pink paper. Cut out the circle. Cut out the leaf’s template. Draw around several times on the pink paper. Cut everything out. Pull the petals with the edge of the scissors to curl. Keep curling the leaves with the scissors. Glue them to the circle in several rows. Keep gluing. Keep going until the flower is complete. It should look like a curly flower when you are done! Cut a long strip of the yellow paper. Fold in half and cut with scissors from beginning to end. Go ahead and wrap the yellow piece of paper up. Glue it together. Gluing this together is going to give the flower an amazing real look! Go ahead and add it to the center of the flower. Look at how beautiful the yellow POP of the center is. Place the flower on the lily pad. Now you have a complete Water Lily Paper Plate Craft.

The Martha Game
Group stands outside a designated performance space. One person runs into the space, forms her body into a statue and announces what she is, as in "I'm a tree." Instantly the next person runs on and forms something else in the same picture. "I'm a bench under the tree." The next person further adds to the picture. "I'm a man sitting on the bench." "I'm the newspaper the man is reading,” etc., until the whole group is part of the picture. Start again. And again. Coach this to go very, very fast. There is no time to think--just go! If there are two teams, they alternate.

 

- Week of March 14 - 18, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Crab Walk
Have participants sit with their feet in front and hands behind, then lift their hips off the ground so they're walking like a crab.

Paper Dandelions
Materials Needed: light blue cardboard, yellow crepe paper, paper (green, red, and black), googly eyes, pencil, glue, and scissors
   - Cut from the yellow crepe paper approximately 1-inch strips. Fold in half and cut with scissors to make nice incisions. Apply some glue onto the edge and roll it up to make a dandelion flower. If needed, add some more glue at the end so the flower will stick together nicely. Cut off the excess of the flower heads. Now make a bunch of dandelion flowers by repeating the steps above. Cut thin strips of the green paper for the flower stem. Draw some leaves on the green paper. Cut them out and zig-zag their edges with scissors. Glue the flower stems. Add the flowers and leaves to the cardboard. Now draw a ladybug shape on the black paper and cut it out. Draw around that shape on the red paper and cut it out as well. Cut off a small piece from the red shape to make the ladybug’s wings. Glue together the ladybug’s body, wings, and googly eyes. Draw some dots onto the ladybugs with a marker and stick them onto the cardboard. Your paper dandelion scenery is all done!

Container Garden
It’s easy to grow a container garden. Even if you live in an apartment, there is room on a windowsill for a small potted plant or herb. The easiest and most rewarding plants for a patio or indoor garden are culinary herbs or leafy salads: great for cooking and garnishing! For good success from seed, try parsley, chives, rosemary and arugula.

 

- Week of March 28 - April 1, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Paper Bee Craft
Materials Needed: construction paper or regular paper in various colors, scissors, and glue
   - Start by making the base for your craft. You can make it as big as a full-sized letter paper. Cut a strip of yellow paper. This one will make the bee body. You can draw the black stripes with a marker or glue the black paper stripes. Apply glue on one end and make a paper roll. Stick the paper roll on the base. If you haven’t already, stick the black paper stripes on the bee body. This is how your body should be looking right now. Make a smaller yellow paper roll and stick it on top of the body one. This will make the bee’s head. Add googly eyes or draw eyes. Cut a pair of wings out of white or light blue paper and glue them onto the bee’s body. Cut a long triangle (stinger) out of black paper and stick it inside the bee’s body. Lastly, cut two antennae and stick them above or on the bee’s head. All done! Now you know How to Make a Paper Bee Craft.

Movie Night
Choose a family fun movie, make some popcorn and relax! Watching a movie as a family activity means lots of bonding and your home cinema experience will be a fraction of the cost of going to the cinema. For a totally stress-free evening, why not order a pizza so Mom and Dad don’t have to cook? Many families make movie night into a fun weekly routine.

 


- Week of April 4 - 8, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Gratitude Journal
Write or draw about things that you are grateful for. Share your gratitude with members of your immediate family!

All About Me Collage
Give each participant a piece of paper. Have each participant write his/her name in the middle of the paper. Have participants go through magazines and cut out pictures that represent them (e.g. favorite color, food, sports, music what they want to be when they grow up and other things they like). When they have all their pictures cut out have them glue them to the paper around their name. Make sure that participants are gluing their pictures, so they almost overlap leaving not blank spots on their paper. Have participants explain their collage to the family.

Fortunately, Unfortunately – Thinking Game
One player starts a story with a sentence such as “Fortunately, the bus is coming.” The next player counters with a sentence such as, “Unfortunately, it turned into an airplane and flew away!” The next player starts again with “Fortunately…”

 

- Week of April 11 - 15, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Easter Egg Rolling Race
Let the good times roll with this fun nature-based relay race. Start with a dozen (or more) hardboiled eggs, one for each racer. Mark off a straight racetrack with multiple lanes using items you find in nature. Each player begins by placing his or her egg at the starting line in his or her lane. Similar to the popular White House tradition, each player then uses a wooden spoon or stick to roll the egg down the lane and across the finish line. The first one to cross the finish line wins!

Capture the Egg
Get ready for a little friendly competition with this fun take on "Capture the Flag". Divide all your players into two teams. For this game you'll need eight eggs, four each in two different colors. Have each team choose a color and then line up their eggs on their end of the field. Each team must try to capture the other team's eggs and bring them to their side of the field without being tagged by a member of the opposing team. If a player is tagged by an opponent, they are out. To win, a team must successfully capture all the other team's eggs or must have the last man standing.

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
X marks the spot with this Easter-themed spin on treasure hunting! Fill an Easter basket with goodies. Hide the basket somewhere and then fill plastic eggs with clues that will help players locate the treasure. The first to reach the basket wins the treasure!

 

- Week of April 18 - 22, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Stained Glass with Sidewalk Chalk
Start by adding tape to the ground in a fun geometric design. You can let the kids make it by giving each child a long strip of painter’s tape and letting them make the next line. Next, give them as many colors of sidewalk chalk as you can find in the house! Then, let each child color a square until you have a beautiful stained-glass chalk design.

Group Juggling
The group stand in an inward facing circle and are asked to throw juggling balls amongst the group in a specific order. As the activity develops more juggling balls are introduced and the pressure to work well as a group increases.

Blind Draw
In this activity, the team must instruct their “artist” to draw an item. They must describe their chosen item without revealing what it is, and they are not able to see what the “artist” is drawing.

 

- Week of April 25 - 29, 2022 (Download PDF)
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The Crab Walk Workout
Start by sitting on the ground with your hands and feet flat on the ground. Make sure your fingers are pointing away from your body or else you will put too much pressure on your wrists. Now, raise your torso up towards the sky, about level with your shoulders. Then start to walk with your hands and feet. Let’s see how long you and the kids can keep this up!

Touch and Feel Boxes
Start by putting interesting objects into containers that a child must reach into and identify by touch. Shoe boxes work well as they are usually readily available, can be easily cut with scissors, and do not let light through. Making the boxes is part of the fun, have the kids decorate them, just make sure to cut out a child-sized hand hole on the side of the box beforehand. Place an item in each box and have your kids take turns guessing what the items are. Encourage questions and offer clues as needed.

Sock Bean Bag Toss
A great use for that large cardboard box you were about to recycle. Cut holes of various widths and shapes and assign point values to each one. Flip the box upside down and you’ve got an instant carnival-style bean bag toss. You can use soft socks to toss or small balls such as ping-pong balls. Little prizes are totally optional as a fun incentive.

 


- Week of May 2 - 6, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Sidewalk Obstacle Course
It’s like hopscotch, but better! Make the obstacle course go in a circle. For a bigger group, consider making two of the exact same obstacle courses next to each other and have relay races. Here are a few ideas for the chalk obstacle course:
   • Leap like a frog to lily pads (draw lily pads)
   • Pop the bubbles (draw bubbles)
   • Skip/tip toe down a squiggly line
   • Hop over a pile of rocks or sticks
   • Spell your name (draw each letter all of the kids’ names)
   • Walk backwards (draw a line)
   • Follow the paw prints (draw paw prints)
   • Crab walk (draw 2 straight lines)
   • Jump spin (draw a swirl)

Artist Switch
Draw large rectangles on the ground ( draw as many as the number of youth who will be playing) and give each youth sidewalk chalk. Ask them to start drawing a picture in their space. Set a timer for 3 - 5 minutes and when time is up having the youth rotate to another rectangle and have them draw on that space. Continue until all the artists have had a chance to color on all the rectangles.

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Sidewalk Chalk Maze
Draw a large maze on the ground that youth must maneuver through on their bikes, scooters or on foot.

 

- Week of May 9 - 13, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Jackpot
There is one thrower, and every other player is a catcher. The catcher throws a ball high in the air for the catchers to try to catch. The thrower can decide a catch is worth a certain amount. The winner is the person who exceeds a previously decided jackpot number (i.e., “Game is to 1,000”). More fun can be added by the thrower yelling one of the following terms: Jackpot (automatic win); Bomb (receiver who touches ball loses a designed number of points); Bankrupt (lose all points); Ice Ball (stay frozen for one throw); Fireball (steal one point from opponent).

Sardines
Sardines is the opposite of hide-and-seek. One person is designated to hide while the others count. If you find the hidden person, you join them. Last person to find them loses.

Builders and Bulldozers
For this game you’ll need two teams. One team will be the Builders and the other will be the Bulldozers. Before the game begins set up a series of cones in a wide-open space. When you call go, all the players will run onto the field. The objective for the Bulldozers is to knock over cones, using their hands only to gently tip them over- no kicking! The objective for the Builders is to return the cones to their upright position. Each player keeps track of their own points (one point for each cone either knocked over or picked up).

Stuck in the Mud
This game is a fun version of tag. One or two people are designated as taggers, or “It”. Set boundaries and call go. The objective is to run (or skip, or gallop, etc.) and not to get tagged. If a player does gets tagged, they must stop and stand with their feet planted on the ground in a wide stance (like they are stuck in mud). They only way they can get back into the game is to be released by someone who crawls under them, through their legs. After a set amount of time, choose new taggers and continue.

 

- Week of May 16 - 20, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Geocaching
Geocaching is like a modern-day treasure hunt. Instead of using paper maps and compasses, geocachers rely on the Geocache app on their phones and GPS to find the treasure. The cache can be as simple as a Tupperware, or it might be a weather-proof container specifically for geocaching. Typically, there is nothing of monetary value in the cache.

Rockhounding
Rockhounding is a lot more fun than you think! Starting is easy. Brainstorm a list of the top 5 rocks in your region. Next, challenge youth to help you find them.

 

- Week of May 23 - 27, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Musical Positions
Have the players jog around the infield, using the whole infield to jog around and jogging around in random patterns, not the base path. Call out a base or position and all players must run to that spot. Players must touch the base with their foot. Make sure the players are not getting too competitive and pushing each other. Once all players have touched the base, the coach calls for them to start jogging around again. The coach then calls out a different base for the players to run to. Continue this process until the players have run to each base multiple times

Steal The Bacon
Split team in half with one team lined up between first and second and the other between second and third. Players will be assigned a number within their group. Both coaches will stand at home with the bucket of balls. The coaches will yell out numbers randomly. The player assigned that number from both teams will run out to catch the ball. The player that thinks they have it should call for the ball by yelling “Ball, ball, ball.” Be sure to incorporate both ground balls and fly balls and have them practice fielding on the move. Call out multiple numbers to add competition.

 

- Week of May 30 - Jun 3, 2022 (Download PDF)
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Kickin’ Croquet
Create a croquet course with pool noodles (or hula hoops), then have youth kick bouncy balls through the wickets. First, cut up different colored pool noodles, making sure they are long enough to create an arch to kick the balls through. Design your own croquet course with the arches and use garden stakes to secure them to the ground. To play, have youth kick their balls through the course. Tally up points for the number of wickets passed or for the youth who gets through the course first. You could also call out colors and simply have them kick it through the ones that match what you’ve called out.

Frisbee Golf
Have youth throw soft foam flying discs into buckets, baskets, cardboard boxes, and other goals positioned all around your outdoor playing space. This game can be played by taking turns in a big group or in teams, and you can incorporate extra rules, such as having youth dance in place for five seconds if they don’t land the frisbee in the goal in three or fewer tries.

Topple Ball
Divide youth into teams of four and set up one cone per team with a tennis or whiffle ball balanced on top. Have youth take turns rolling other balls toward the cones, trying to topple them over. When the ball on top falls, the youth who toppled it must try to chase it down and grab it within five seconds to win a point for their team. They also must set up the cone and ball on top for the next teammate to take their turn.