5 most versatile games: played inside and out
The weather. It’s a favourite topic for all us Brits, I talk about the weather endlessly – in the old days with everyone from the check out lady to the lollipop man. Last week it was horrible, next week is beautiful. So we have been on a hunt for our most versatile games, games that are as fun inside and out.
The great outdoors is going to look different for everyone right now, from patios to forests, from moors to backyards. Just being outside is saving our sanity, we are enjoying our nuclear family outings and have been playing games to keep exercising and stay friends!
Here are our favourite games that can be played in the sitting room, on a balcony, in a garden – we don’t need space, just fun!
This stylish design encourages creative play in children and exercise for teens and adults. Only parents ever ask, what do I do with it? Children will balance, kneel, or lie on the wooden balance board. They'll turn it into a slide, a bridge, or a pirate ship! Waldorf-inspired, this heirloom toy has multiple uses and will be used for years.
Adults, get on board, and check out these fabulous videos, it is the most fun exercise you have had in years. Inside, outside, just brilliant.
After our home, this is easily the best investment our family ever made. From 6 months of age, the climbing triangle can be used indoors or out, and will be loved until the child is 4 or 5. Based on a design and theory by paediatrician Emmi Pikler, the climbing triangle allows a child to move freely and develop at his or her own pace. When left unassisted, although carefully supervised, a child will rarely climb beyond their own limits but will test their physical abilities over and over again.
Collapsible and beautifully made, it is a fabulous addition to any home. Ours folded beautifully behind the sofa in our 2 bed flat.
However, you think it’s just a triangle? Wrong! It is so much more!
Remember Jenga? Remember it and then blow it out of the water! This giant tumbling tower keeps the whole family entertained for hours. It can be played in the sitting room or outdoors. We have watched kids turn them into wooden building blocks and create whole cities with it, fortresses and towers. We have seen adults as old as 75 competitively inching blocks out to beat their grandchildren – in the good old days, there was always a winner and a loser.
OK, do these take you back some years? I loved pick up sticks, I have the patience of a bull elephant but my competitive nature had me sitting on my hands itching for my next go! These fabulous giant pick up sticks are hours of family fun, in the garden, on a balcony, in the sitting room. They are so.much.fun. and can be played alone or together.
Binabo – more than a ball. With a few simple clicks you can design your own toy! Build balls of different shapes and sizes that are sturdy and suitable for athletic play. Let your imagination go wild and create animals, plants or anything you desire. How about a giant wheel or the Eiffel tower? Or rather a marble run or a lampshade? Binabo encourages movement and creative play.