Learning is so much more engaging if kids can be physically active.
I still believe this, even though it didn’t really hold true in this case.
As a parent of a grade-schooler and a preschooler, I appreciate games that help boost literacy skills such as this backyard spelling game from Family Fun magazine.
Moving backyard games to a park gives them a new dimension of fun. With our DIY alphabet tiles made, we headed for the vast lawn of Leif Erikson Park.
After a picnic, the kids were delighted to each make up a game to play with the tiles.
Daley made up the “Find a Letter and Spell It” game in which he would yell out letters to a secret word. I had to find the letters among the scattered tiles and try to spell the word he had in mind before he counted to 20.
From what I could surmise, Finley’s game involved running around and calling out random letters that did not match the tiles.
Tim and I picked Scrabble, the game from the magazine article.
Finley and Tim against Daley and me.
You will notice that there are no pictures of Finley actually playing Scrabble. A squirrel in a nearby tree caught her attention early in the game.
Daley lasted just a few turns and then he joined his sister to watch the squirrel, whom they named Buddy, jump from tree to tree around the park.
Perhaps it was a good thing that the kids left Tim and me to play out the game…as it got a bit heated.
Does your family enjoy lawn games together? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!