Your family’s enjoyed eating your easy grill out recipes, but you want to keep the kids away from screens and get a little exercise in to boot. You might not be able to convince your family to join you in the latest cross-training circuit, but there are plenty of fun ways to get some aerobic exercise. Try playing one or two of these family games to work off that meal and get the kids exhausted and ready for a great night’s sleep!

Water Balloon Baseball

This game is a ton of fun and an easy way to cool off during those hot summer nights. Instead of a softball or baseball, play with water balloons instead! If your kids are younger, add a precursor to the game by hiding the water balloons around the yard and have them fill their buckets with the balloons they find during their hunt.

Pool Noodle Field Hockey

Bring two plastic laundry baskets outside to use as the goals. Divide into teams and use pool noodles for the hockey sticks as each team tries to use the noodle to guide a large beach ball into the opposing team’s laundry basket.

Water Relay Race

For this game, you’ll need two buckets and one disposable cup for each team. Fill one bucket with water and space the empty bucket however far apart you think your kids can handle. The goal is to fill the empty bucket to a pre-determined fill line by running back and forth trying not to spill. You can also switch up the game by having the adults hop, skip or run backward between the buckets.

Crab Crawl Soccer

Bring two plastic laundry baskets outside to use as the goals. Divide into teams and crab crawl (head up, using your arms and legs to move) a large beach ball into the opposing team’s goal.

Squirt Gun Water Race

Each player uses a squirt gun to propel a large beach ball past the goal line. You could use pool noodles, buckets or plastic laundry baskets as the goal line. Adjust the goal line depending on your squirt gun sizes.

Pool Noodle/Water Balloon Tic-Tac-Toe

This is a great game to use as a cool-down exercise after all that running around! Use the pool noodles to create a simple tic-tac-toe board. Each player has to move around the board and roll their color of water balloons into place to win. Be sure to stomp the water balloons after someone wins!

We hope you and your family enjoy playing games together after your delicious dinner. These games and simple and inexpensive to play, but these are the types of family activities that strengthen your bond and build a lifetime of memories. At Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen, we believe a strong family bond gives everyone a solid foundation for happiness and success. We hope you enjoy our salsas, made in small batches and packed with the natural vitamins and minerals from our farm-fresh ingredients. For more about our family, great recipes and tips, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Instagram!

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