This is another installment in my (sixth) Week of Lists: one fun and awesome list posted every day for seven days on a variety of topics.
If you, unlike us, live in one of the much more temperate climates of this lovely planet, you may in fact take summer for granted. I understand. When the temperature is moderate to warm every day, and the worst that the climate throws at you from day-to-day is some rain or wind, I get why you probably don’t see summer as such a big deal.
But where we live? Let’s review. This has been an average winter. It turned cold in mid-October, snowed on the first of November, and as I write this in the waning days of April, we still have relatively fresh snow on the ground. That’s six months. Of snow. With an extra month on each end of that being just generally-not great-for-short-pants kinda weather.
Card games. Board games. Mind games. Video games.
So… we hibernate. Well, sorta. We go outside to build forts or go sledding or deal with the fact that no one really wants to be stuck inside for eight months of the year. Generally, we yearn for summer while we take an occasional fun winter day as a kind of consolation prize for the incessant cold. And while we hibernate, we play games. Well, at our house we play games, and I’m assuming we’re not alone. Card games. Board games. Mind games. Video games. Games. All of which pretty much gets packed up and forgotten for those precious four months of relative warmth and sunniness. Boxes shelved. Progress paused. Controllers with dead batteries heaped beside the TV.
We take it outside. How so?
Five Strategies to Keep Gaming, Even When the Weather Turns Nice
Do I even need to explain this? Sidewalk chalk. Best. Imagination. Invention. Ever. We keep a bucket by the front door so that on lazy summer days we can litter our driveway with art and games and puzzles and more games. Hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, mazes, hangman, or whatever… and it usually fades or washes away in a few days.
2 :: Playing Cards are Cheap
What’s a pack of regular old playing cards cost these days? A few bucks, maybe. And you can play about a gazzzzillion games with just a deck or two. Why not have an outside pack for playing games in the grass, or at least spread out on a blanket in the park. Just watch out for the wind.
3 :: Build Big
over-sized playing pieces made from bits and bobs
There’s nothing quite like a giant game of _______________. No, HUGE! With big pieces and a big board and… I don’t even need to name one, do I? Your brain has already started chugging away on a brilliant idea for using over-sized playing pieces made from bits and bobs laying about the yard.
4 :: Go-Go Gadget GPS
If you have a smartphone, you can geocache. Sure, it’s a little bit nerdy, but I don’t even need to tell you to go out and buy expensive GPS equipment anymore. You probably already have one in your pocket. You may even be reading this post on a mobile phone that can do these awesome and amazing real-life mystery hunts. Think how easy it would be to download an app, go to a public park, and find some hidden treasures with your kid.
And when all else fails, we get rain here too. Go ahead and boot up the old console when the skies aren’t cooperating.