A backyard activity can sometimes be so nice & simple. This is an excellent example: you don’t need special equipment or expensive toys to create a fun outdoors activity. Just let the kids draw cycling lanes and follow this up with a race – follow that yellow crayon road!
// What do you need
- Crayons of different colours
- bike / balance bike / tricycle / scooter / roller skates
- Quiet tiled outdoors space
// Backyard activity – What to do?
Draw roads on a quiet piece of pavement -without traffic- using coloured crayons. Create turns and twists, and go around garden furniture. Daredevils can even create obstacles! Think about pebble stones, flat wooden planks, et cetera. Each child can make his own road, using a single colour or they can cooperate to a network of roads. Think about joining roads onto a roundabout or traffic junction.
The kids will find out soon enough if curves are wide enough or passages spacious enough to pass, if obstacles are doable or not. Let them find out. If they manage to make a ‘circular’ road without a start or end point (like an ingenious roundabout) – that’s even better.
// Follow that crayon road
The kids can simply follow the crayon roads using their favourite means of transport: a balance bike, regular bike, a scooter, roller skates, et cetera. Toddlers can simply walk, run or hop like an animal, anything works! They can even assign a traffic officer.
Bigger kids love to race and this is a perfect setting. On your marks.. Ready.. set.. Go!
This activity kept my kids occupied for quite a while with mimimum effort, so it’s a big thumbs up from me!
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