Detach your garden hose from its spout and drain any water that is inside. Next use duct tape to attach a funnel to each end. You now have a primitive telephone that will carry the sound of your children's voices. Encourage them to talk and listen to each other as they bend and stretch the hose around the corner of buildings or other obstacles.
Print out several different shaped patterns from out printable patterns and stencils area in shapes like hearts, circles, stars, crescents, and so on. Cut the shape, trace it onto a piece of cardboard, and then cut out the shape in the cardboard to create a stencil. Take these out into your yard, lay a stencil down, and spray paint the shapes into the grass in assorted colors. (It works best if the grass is short and freshly cut. The lawn will remain dazzled like this for a couple of weeks as the grass grows. Cut it again, and it will be as good as new.) If you’re looking for something less permanent, you can sprinkle flower over the shape instead of spray paint. Just we the grass with water from a spray bottle first to make it stick. Once your lawn looks like something from the movies Signs, play the following game:
1. Run races across the lawn without stepping on a shape.
2. Time children as they race to find and touch each particular shape.
3. Play shape hopping games from one shape to the next.
4. Create a version of tag with certain shapes as safe bases.
5. Play a game to toss bean bags or balls at the different shapes.