Having fun Outside – in the Dark


15-Ways--DarkWhen we were younger, we loved playing outside! In today’s society, we should still love to play outside even if the sun did go down! Here are 15 ways in which you have a thrilling time at night!
  1. Flashlights are fun! Give the kids flashlights and take a look around. Much fun can be had by simply exploring with a flashlight. What looks different at night?
  2. Flashlight tag. Tag players using the beam of light, or simply play tag with flashlights to guide the way.
  3. Flashlight limbo. How low can you go? Two people, holding flashlights, face each other and make a steady beam of light for others to limbo under.
  4. Catch the light. Shine the light around and allow your child / children to “chase” the light as it shines on an object or surface. As they’re about to “catch it” simply move it again!
  5. Catching shadows. You can have a lot of fun just by simply chasing your shadow. If you have a porch light that shines out towards your backyard, you’re set for chasing your shadow!
  6. Shadow puppets. Shine a light onto the side of your house or fence to set the stage for an evening of puppet shows.
  7. Catch lightening bugs.
  8. Put a spin on some classic games. How much fun is “Red Light, Green Light” or “Duck, Duck, Goose” in the dark? Lots, actually.
  9. Glow in the dark dancing. Put on shows for one another, or simply rock out with glow sticks.
  10. Hide and seek with glow sticks. One person hides a glow stick and then all of the others try to find it. The person that finds it first gets to hide it again.
  11. Hunt for glow sticks. Hide a bunch of glow sticks all throughout the yard and let the kids hunt for them.
  12. Flashlight hunt. One player hides an object, like a rubber duck, and the others try to find it using their flashlights.
  13. Build a campfire. Listen to music. Play cards. Cuddle. Make s’mores.
  14. Tell spooky stories. But maybe not too spooky.
  15. Tell stories with constellations. Show your children a few constellations and then ask them if they can find any pictures in the stars. Ask them to tell you more about the object they see. Can they make up a story about it? Can you?

Thanks for these awesome tips Joyce from Childhood Beckons!

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