In light of lasts weeks post, 25 Things to do with your Kids in your Small House, I thought it’s only right to talk about some things to do when the weather gets nice, if you have a tiny yard.
Let me tell you. I know everything there is to know about working with a tiny yard and three active boys. In our previous house, the tiny one we lived in for 6 years (so pretty much all of my three kids lives) our yard was essentially nonexistent. We had a postage stamp sized front yard with a very skinny backyard that ran the length of our house. The back yard extended 10 feet, maybe 20 feet along one section, from the back of our house. So, as you can see, very little space for the boys to play rough.
But, over the course of the 6 years we lived there and as our kids grew older and thus more energetic, we picked up a few fun things to do to kill some time outside on a decent day.
And – BONUS! – for many of these ideas all you need is a DRIVEWAY!
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2. Make an OUTDOOR obstacle course (with these tiny cones)
3. Fill up and toss water balloons
4. Set up the sprinkler
5. Run laps around the house. I’d often tell the boys they need to run 5 laps around the house before coming inside. We have even made a fun relay race out of it!
6. Ride bikes or scooters up and down the driveway or around the neighborhood.
7. Wash and/or vacuum the car. My boys LOVE helping with this!
8. Pick up pinecones/sticks/branches around the yard.
9. Draw with chalk. All you need is a driveway for this!
10. Set up a lemonade stand. My boys have been BEGGING me to do this once the weather gets nicer. Another cool thing about it is you don’t need a yard of any kind to make this one happen.
11. Set up a kiddie pool. Even my 8 year old still loves “swimming” in the kiddie pool. It really takes very little actual water for them to discover ingenious ways to jump, dive, karate-chop their way into any type of water source.
12. Read a book outside.
13. Have a picnic.
14. Play basketball. Again, all you need is a driveway to put up a basketball hoop. Plus, I have found basketball hoops for free on Craigslist!
15. Play tag around the house.
16. Hide and seek.
17. Go for a walk.
18. Sweep the driveway/garage.
19. Jump rope
20. Have a squirt gun fight.
21. Go rock hunting and find cool looking rocks around your house or neighborhood. Yes, I do save them. And yes, I have a jar full of all the rocks the boys have gifted me with over the years.
22. Bring a craft outside – like watercolors or coloring books.
23. Play Hopscotch
24. Play Follow the Leader, even if it’s just around the outside of the house.
25. Make up different types or relay races or contests – i.e., running/hopping/skipping back and forth up and down the driveway or around the house, make a contest out of who can hop the longest, jump rope the longest, etc. You get the idea!
As you can see most, if not all, of these ideas require very little outdoor space. And obviously can be done in a larger yard, too. In fact, now that we actually have a larger yard my boys still do pretty much all of these things outside anyway!
So next time it’s a beautiful day outside and you’re feeling discouraged once again with your lack of space for your kids (ask me how I know…), hopefully this post can offer you a few quick, fun ideas for some outside fun!
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