|Written by Carol Marshall|
July 4th is right around the corner and many folks want to celebrate with backyard picnics, parties, and family get-togethers.
If you asked friends or family what games they would love to play at an outdoor doing, they will usually tell you that they love the classic ones, such as Horsehoes, Badminton, Volleyball, and Croquet.
These all time favorites are always a hit with men, women, and children as well.Â
A week or two before the event make sure you have the following:
1. A Badminton set with Net
2. 8 racquet's & a few birdies
3.Â A Volleyball & Tennis balls
4. Croquet set with wickets, balls & sticks
5. Water filled balloons for the children (or adults too!)
6. A medium to large back yard or open park area
STEP 1. Clean upÂ your backyard. Mow grass and pick up any items that clutter your lawn area.
STEP 2. Plan where you will set up the game equipment for safety as well as space. You don't want the horseshoe game near the sitting or eating area where someone may be injured. The net can be used for the badminton, volleyball, and tennis games.
STEP 3. Set up the games early morning of the 4th if you have time. If not, set them up the day before.
Step 4. Fill a large bucket with the water balloons that you have pre-filled from your sink or hose. As they become broken from tossing, leave out extras and have the kids fill them with water and tie them.Â
STEP 5. Look around and make sure the game set ups are complete and in the spots you chose for safety and space.
Warnings and Tips:
Never let a young child toss a horseshoe unless under strict adult supervision.
Remind the children that some games are for adults only and they canÂ play with the balloons or croquet set.
Never, ever let a child light a firecracker or play with them. A sparkler is usually safer and even that can hurt a child if not used properly.
If you are planning on going to your city's firework display in the evening, make sure your yard is cleaned up and all grill fires are completely out before you leave.
Have a safe holiday!