Educational Outdoor Games

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With the high technology of the current time, it is very common to see the younger generation inside the home stuck in front of the television, computers and gaming consoles. While there is nothing wrong with the latest gadgets as a form of recreation, too much of something is always bad. In addition to that, kids lose the chance to be out in the open air, under the sun and with other kids, learning the lessons from educational outdoor games.

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Benefits of outdoor games

1. Physical development – Playing outdoors give children the chance to develop their physical abilities from their vision, muscle and body strength, endurance and coordination. They get to improve on their gross motor skills and flexibility along with other physical skills.

2. Social adaptability – As kids interact with their fellow young ones, they are able to extend their perception of the world beyond the comfort of their homes. They start to realize that the world does not revolve around them. These prompts them to adjust and compromise and take other people into consideration before acting on anything. Basically, the playground serves as the children's first experience of the real world.

3. Fresh air and vitamin D – Spending outdoors means access to fresh air, which helps boost a kid's immune system, strengthening their defenses against harmful elements and keep them away from diseases and illnesses. In addition, the outdoors offer direct exposure to the most natural and organic form of Vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D prevents diabetes, heart problems and bone issues. However, sun rays also cause skin cancer, so proper sunscreen should be applied, and kids should not be under the sun for too long especially during the really hot times of the day.

4. Stay active and fit – With all the tasty treats available for everyone these days, it is no wonder that a lot of kids get overweight easily. Combined with the constant opportunity to sit down in front of their high-tech gadgets, the ultimate result is obesity. When kids are brought out into the open, their nature of running, jumping and just about doing any activity will aid in maintaining proper metabolism and avoid unnecessary and unhealthy weight gain.

1. Alphabet Game Ball This can be played with two or more players and a ball. The first person holding the ball will say out loud a specific letter. The first player who gets to say out a word that begins with the announced letter will be receive the ball. The same player will then announce a letter, and the next player who gets to say out a word that begins with the announced letter gets to receive the ball. This can go on and on depending on the kids' energy and time. This activity is actually perfect for children, especially schoolchildren who have just started to learn the alphabet.

Educational Outdoor Games To Choose From

1. Alphabet Game Ball This can be played with two or more players and a ball. The first person holding the ball will say out loud a specific letter. The first player who gets to say out a word that begins with the announced letter will be receive the ball. The same player will then announce a letter, and the next player who gets to say out a word that begins with the announced letter gets to receive the ball. This can go on and on depending on the kids' energy and time. This activity is actually perfect for children, especially schoolchildren who have just started to learn the alphabet.

2. Bouncy Ball Messaging

This is one of the educational outdoor games that are most applicable for schoolchildren who are in the process to learn spelling. Nine squares representing the numbers in a telephone keypad will be drawn on the ground, and pairs of kids will spell out their message by bouncing the ball on the keypad and announcing the corresponding letter. The other pair should guess the message in order to win the round. The first pair who scores higher will be declared the final winner.

3. Math Water Balloon Game

Balloons and water are two of the many things that kids love. They love the popping of balloons and the fun of getting wet. Incorporating some learning into a game that uses both is definitely one of the most genius educational outdoor games ever. Basically, five number targets have to be determined and placed on the ground. The balloons are then filled with water and then marked with an equation that would sum up to any of the target numbers chosen. For younger kids who have just started to learn numbers, the balloons can bear the same digits as the target numbers, so all the players need to do is recognize the numbers and match them together. The first team who uses up their balloons correctly is the winner. The liquids inside the balloons can be color-coded to for easier assessment at the end of the game. However, the balloons should be able to conceal the liquid's color.

4. Addition Hopping

Another fun activity to master the art of adding numbers is by hop practicing. Using a sidewalk chalk, the numbers 1 to 12 will be written down inside circles on the ground. This can only be done on pavement or cemented ground though. If the area of activity grass, hula hoops or similar materials can be used to serve as a ring. Paint can also be used to draw the circles and numbers on grass. The players then roll two dice, add the digits on both and jump according to the sum of the dices. The first player who is able to go to the 12th circle, then come back to 1 is the winner of the game.

Water Jug relay

You will need a bucket filled with water, an empty jug, a plastic cup, and a chair. Two teams will play the game. One of the team players has to sit down on the chair placed on the turning point or other end with the empty jug over his head. On the starting line, the players are lined up one by one. The first on the line will get water from the bucket using the cup and run to the member sitting. Transfer the water to the jug and take the place of the other member sitting. He will then get the empty cup and pass the jug to him for him to hold it over his head. He will then pass the empty cup to the member waiting on the line to do the same until they all complete the rounds. The team who gets the most amount of water in the jug wins.

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5. Tell The Time Clock

To teach kids about time, the first mode of instruction is naturally about the clock, the numbers indicated in it and the two hands and their functions. After introducing the concept though, it is easy for the young ones to forget about it. An effective activity to teach them and make them fully understand the mechanisms of time telling is to make them tell the time. A large clock is drawn on the pavement with a chalk, and two toys can be picked and assigned as the minute and hour hand according to their length. At this point, there are options on the delivery of the learning and its assessment. One is to announce the time and let the children arrange the hand's clock accordingly. Another option is to set the hands of the clock and letting the children read the time properly. In both ways, the kids learn the basics of reading the clock and telling the time.

6. The Color Game

Another learning that can be incorporated into educational outdoor games is about colors. With the use of colored chalks, circles of different colors are drawn on the ground. Kids are then instructed to go around the play area and come back with items bearing any of the colors and set them on the rightful circles. This activity does not only help kids in determining colors, but it also gives them a chance to further their visual skills.

7. Rhyming Squares

Kids love to hear words that sound alike. In this game, a grid of 10 squares is drawn on the ground, and random objects are placed inside each square. The player then tosses a bean bag into any of the squares and then say out a word that rhymes with the object lying on the square where the bean bag ended up in. The player with the most number of correct rhyming words win the game. These educational outdoor games are different from each other in terms of many aspects ranging from their main purpose to the participation of the young ones as well as the level of effort and preparation required. However, they can be easily modified as well if required or just for a change of the elements. However, all of them share the same common goal, which is to assist the children with their growth and development. Choosing one over the other will most likely be depending on

the specifics of the children involved. Naturally, older kids have access to more complicated and more physical games simply because of their age. However, the simple activity on determining colors and numbers is always a good start. While free play is almost always the best option for babysitters, it is also good to incorporate certain games that focus on specific topics. This is because learning can easily become a task for kids, and in the process, they lose interest. However, if the subject of the learning process is somehow embedded in the game or activity, it becomes an exciting process for the young ones. They do not see it anymore as the task it originally is. Children are hyperactive by nature. They are born with so much energy to burn, so activities that give them a chance to move around are always welcome. It is, however, very important to properly assess and determine the learning and activity suitable to the kid's age and capacity. There are children who are very sensitive and can get easily discouraged if they fail in the game, and they will not think about the game being unsuitable for them. They will simply see themselves as losers and generally incapable. Choosing the right game for the kids involved is essential.

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