Some days, getting your child to go play outside can be a real doozy. However, children benefit greatly from going outside whether it’s the Vitamin D they get from the sun or helping them get their recommended hour of exercise for the day. If you’re looking to get your child up off the couch without having to drag them out the door, we’ve compiled a list of our top 3 games to play with your backyard playset in New Jersey.
1. Obstacle Course
At some point in our lives, we’ve all pretended the floor was lava. If your child loves making indoor obstacle courses, why not bring the obstacle course outside to your backyard? With monkey bars, swings, ladders, slides, and more, your child will be climbing, crawling, and sliding their way through the obstacle course like they’re an American Ninja Warrior.
If you have multiple children or your child wants to invite their friends over, turn the obstacle course into a competition. Whoever makes it through the obstacle course the fastest, wins. This is a perfect way to test your child’s speed, agility, and help teach them fine motor skills.
If you’re worried about safety, you can always ditch the floor is lava component and tell them it’s perfectly fine to step off the obstacle course if they feel like they’re going to fall.
2. Gymnastics Competition
If your child has their face glued to the screen when the Olympics come around every four years, turn your backyard playset in New Jersey into a gymnastics competition. If your play area is decked out with swings and a trapeze, your child can pretend they’re competing on the rings and high bar.
For an extra level of fun, you can pretend to be the judge, rating their tricks and flips on a scale of 1 to 10. Before each go, tell them to give you the iconic gymnast salute and keep an eye out for whether or not they stick their landing.
You may have guessed that this would be on the list since it’s one of the most popular games to play with children. If your backyard playset in New Jersey has two levels, encourage your child to turn one into an ice cream shop and the other into a lemonade stand. For an added level of fun, you can tell them you’re the toughest food critic in town looking to find the best ice cream in the country.
If your child carries their dolls or stuffed animals anywhere they go, you can help your child turn their playset into their own little house. Whether you turn the playset into a castle or a bakery, the options for make-believe games are endless for hours of outdoor play.
If you’re looking to add some extra pizazz to your backyard playset in New Jersey with a basketball goal or extra trapeze, Pleasant Run Structures is here to help. We offer a variety of maintenance free, high quality Rainbow Play Systems to ensure your child will spend all afternoon out in the sun. To view our collection of solid cedar wooden swing sets and play systems, visit Pleasant Run Structures online.