- Hide and Seek - this is a kid favorite and the darkness only makes it more appealing. You may have to make some boundaries - such as one or two backyards - if you're dealing with a few houses. Otherwise, unleash the kids in the backyard and start counting!
- Catch Fireflies - Grab a jar and start hunting. They only light up for a few seconds so you have to be quick! My boys love catching bugs, doing it in the dark is better. When I was a kid, we kept them overnight in a jar beside the bed and let them go in the morning.
- Shadow puppets - What kid or adult doesn't love to make shadow animals using nothing but your fingers and a flashlight? Find a flat wall and use your imagination to make all kinds of neat animals!
- Use a flashlight or laser to play with your pets. Our pets (both cats and dogs) love chasing the laser and the flashlight beam across the floor and up the walls. The boys squeal with laughter every time!
- Glow in the dark stuff - There is so much out there in the world that glows in the dark, whether it's pajamas, stickers, or glow sticks. C thinks it's a special treat to have glow in the dark stuff!
- Glow in the Dark Hot Potato - wrap an object with a glow necklace, have each player wear a glow necklace or bracelet and have fun!
- Tell Ghost Stories - light a few candles, or use a flashlight, and tell some scary stories!
- Flashlight Tag - Instead of actually touching a person, the "It" player can tag anyone by shining a flashlight on him or her. This is best played with a referee.
Go for a walk - everything looks different in the dark!
- Flashlight Limbo - Two people hold flashlights opposite each other a short distance apart. The flashlights need to be shining at each other to form a large beam that the other people can limbo under.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
When I was a kid, I loved playing outside after dark. All the kids in our neighborhood would get together and just chill out after dark. Our parents didn't worry about where we were, there was a few streets that we always stayed within. And it helped that there was a huge cornfield behind our house. This week in my Playing With Kids Series, I'd like to share some of the things we, as kids, loved to do after dark.