Recently, my mom told my kids about playing “Kick the Can” as a child – how the neighborhood kids gathered at dusk in the street. One child guarded a coffee can while the others hid in the shadows, waiting for a chance to kick the can.
But playing in the street now days is more like the Hunger Games than a special childhood summer memory. So, my husband, Jeff, modified Kick the Can for the backyard during the day. We think you’ll want to play it, too.
NEW Kick the Can
1. One person guards the can — we put it in a hula hoop to mark the territory.
2. The other players try to kick the can out of the hula hoop area.
3. If the guarder tags you, you are it – you must guard the can.
4. If you kick the can without getting tagged, you win that round. Pat yourself on the back.
It’s just a great way to move, laugh, and spend time with dad. Plus, movement matters for the brain!
Do you play outside family games? Any favorites?
How about a Backyard Obstacle Course?
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