Play at Home: Go for a Walk Games

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Explore your neighborhood in a new way.

Summer trips may be closer to home this year, or might just include a lot of exploring your neighborhood. Simply taking a walk is not only great exercise but also a fun way to discover the little details that we all may overlook in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day. Need ideas for how to make walks more fun for kids? Try these “Go for a Walk” games on your next family outing and explore your neighborhood in a new way. 

    • Alphabet Race. A classic “car ride” game can easily be played while on your feet as well! All players must be first to find something that starts with the letter “A” and call it out for all to hear. After that move on to the letter “B” and so on through the alphabet. The person to find the most letters wins!
    • Sweet or Sour. This game gets people outside of your group playing too! Simply wave at other people on the street. If they wave back, they are sweet. If not, they are sour. Keep a tally and, when you reach your destination, see if your trip was sweet or sour.
    • Colors. Every person chooses or is assigned a color and must look for that color on your route. Players get points for each object they see with their assigned color. Players must state clearly what the object is and keep track of their own points.
    • Group Count. This game requires the group to be quiet and listen attentively to each other. Everyone takes turns saying numbers in sequence, therefore, counting as a group. The group, however, may not make a plan for the counting order and must take turns randomly. If two players say a number at the same time, the group must start back at one. The goal of the game is to reach ten, then a higher number as everyone gets better.
    • Count Off: Pick something to keep track of, from red cars to dead trees. Make it a contest or collaborate, whichever is more appealing to your walking crew!
    • Follow the Leader: A classic! The leader adds an element to the walk, like an arm motion, a sound, a hop, or so on. Everyone behind has to follow along. Or, to make the game more challenging, have each new leader add a new element while keeping all the old ones going.
    • Scavenger Hunt: Make it collaborative and before you go out for a walk, create a list of what you are looking for. This can vary depending on where you are walking, but make some items harder and easier! Try to complete your entire list before you head home.

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