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a carry-bag. Walking and carrying clubs builds muscle and teaches independence. An added bonus: T e golf course is a great setting for long talks with your kids.


7 Rainy Day Blues? Bring It inside Set up an indoor basketball court, using a “soft” ball and trash receptacle. En- courage kids to shoot from diff erent points in the room to increase the challenge level. Set up a bowling lane with empty plastic containers and a plastic ball. No bowling ball or shoes required!


Gardening encourages kids to plant fresh fruits and vegetables that can be enjoyed all season long


turns around very quickly. Any player caught moving has to go back to the start line. T e fi rst person to reach It wins the game. Red rover: Divide children in two teams.


8 Just Dance Have you ever been accused of having two left feet? T ere is no such thing during a good summer dance party. Dancing is a great workout that encourages artistic expression. Turn on your children’s favorite tunes and have impromptu dance parties. For a fun twist, use kitchen utensils as pretend micro- phones and instruments. What fun!


9 Gather Friends for Backyard Games Hide-and-seek: We all know the rules to this fun indoor/outdoor game. For night- time games, use fl ashlights for a “creepy, crawly” twist! Red light, green light: In this game, one


player is named It and acts as the stoplight, facing away from other players, who line up about 25 feet away from him. When he says “green light,” all the other players move toward him. When he says “red light,” he


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Have each team form a line, hold hands and face each other (about 50 feet apart). T e team that is picked to start says, “Red rover, red rover, let (insert child’s name) come over.” T e child runs across the line, trying to break through. If he’s successful, he stays on the other team. If not, he goes back to his own team. T e game ends when everyone is on the same line. T is game is best played when kids are around the same size and age.


10 Go Green! Gardening is a great summer activity that encourages kids to plant fresh fruits and veg- etables, which can be enjoyed throughout the season. If you don’t have space for a garden, consider having children plant a small garden for fresh herbs that can be used to prepare and season healthy meals. Consider mint, which grows inside quickly and can serve as a natural sweetener for many summer bever- ages, including water and iced tea. Delicious!


Audra Rankin, MSN, APRN, CPNP, works for the University of Louisville School of Nursing in Louisville, KY.


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