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"School's Out for Summer!" Play Day

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Celebrate the end of school with an hour or two of outdoor play. Desperate for some companionship? Double up on supplies, wipe them down, and invite a second family over for some social distancing fun. 

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*Double your supplies if you have a second family of playmates. 

kids with flags that say summer

Make Summer Flags

  • Instruct each child to find a stick.
  • On two pieces of paper, have children design and then paint a "School's Out!" or "Happy Summer!" flag.
  • Staple the paper around a stick to turn it into a flag.
  • Encourage children to parade around chanting "IT IS SUMMER!" and then have children stake flags into the yard (6 feet apart, as necessary).  

Relay Race: "School to Pool"

  • Every participant should wear a swimsuit covered by shorts, a shirt, flip-flops, and a hat.
  • Mark off a start and finish point for each "lap". (Participants can run around the outside of the house or in a straight line to an end point.)  
  • At the end of each lap, each participant must remove one piece of clothing, in order: flip-flops, a hat, a shirt and finally a pair of shorts. Alternate participants for a relay race or have everyone race at once.
  • When children finish, they must cross the finish line by jumping into their kiddie pool, sliding down a slip-n-slide, or getting drenched by a hose.

 Child drawing sidewalk chalk

Sidewalk Chalk Contest

  • Each child or team should draw / write out a sidewalk challenge with chalk.
  • Help children to make a path that includes obstacles and instructions such as "Spin 3x". The other team has to complete the challenge.
  • Other ideas include: run, walk backward, hopscotch, leapfrog, gallop, follow a zig zag line, bear walk, donkey kicks, etc. 

boy covered in paint as outdoor game

Body Paint

  • Each child or team paints their bodies and/or their teammates' bodies in whichever way they choose.
  • Divide colors between the teams so they're wearing their "team colors" at the end. 

Egg Toss

  • Play this classic game with players tossing to their own family members. 

Water balloon fight

Water Balloon Fight

  • Each family or team gets their own bucket / kiddie pool filled with water balloons.
  • Each player is only allowed to have two balloons at a time. Set boundaries and let the game begin! 

Boy playing a backyard hose game

Fire and Water

  • You stand in the middle of your yard with a hose.
  • Children are fire and must race to the other side of the yard and try not to get hit by the water. Enjoy hosing your kids down and hearing them scream with glee! 

Silly String Dual

  • All players stand back to back (or, facing backwards, 6 feet apart), silly string in hand. 
  • Together, everyone takes 10 steps away from the center. 
  • When you get to "10" everyone turns and sprays each other!
  • Last one spraying silly string wins!  

Boy shooting a water gun

Roving Water Hide N' Seek

  • Fill the water balloon buckets with water.
  • Each player gets a water shooting device. They can only fill their water gun up at their team bucket.
  • Pick an "it" and have everyone else hide. Hiders are allowed to change hiding places but cannot hide in the same location as another hider.
  • The child who is "it" searches for hiders and sprays them with water when found/caught. 


End your outdoor play with a sweet Popsicle treat! 

Happy Summer from Rock Paper Sprinkles! 


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