My 3-year-old loves our backyard. Even my 9-month-old gets a kick out of watching the trees, crawling in the grass and playing with his toys outside. The good thing is you don't need over-the-top things for your kids to enjoy themselves outside. I found these fun outdoor games in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine. All you need is a little water and a big imagination:
Main squeeze: Set up two buckets per child, one full of water, one empty. Give each kid a sponge, then show them how to use it to transfer water from the full bucket to the empty one. Keep-cool breaks encouraged!
Splash dance: Pour some water on your patio or driveway, then turn on the tunes and let your kids stomp around in the water until the music stops.
Toss across: Have your child stand on the opposite side of a filled baby pool from you, then throw a ball back and forth across the water. See how long you can keep the ball aloft before getting splashed.
Water limbo: Turn on a hose and challenge your child to pass under the spray without it touching her. Lower the hose after each turn until she gets wet.