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Outdoor games for kids: Flower power

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The "Flower Power" outdoor game can be found in the May issue of FamilyFun Magazine. Credit: FamilyFun Magazine

Luring your kids away from their favorite electronics isn't always easy. But you can encourage them to get moving by inviting them to play a fun, educational outdoor game.

Looking for creative ideas? Here's one from the May issue of FamilyFun Magazine that will work your kid's brain and body:

1. Scatter artificial flowers (snipped from stems or party leis) around an area (see image above). With a rope or garden hose, mark a starting line 30 feet away.

2. Give players baskets or bags and have them stand behind the line. Call out a math problem (you may want to give each player a different equation matched to his/her skill level), then shout "Go!"

3. Players run to collect the number of blossoms equal to the correct answer, then race back to the starting line.

No fake flowers? No worries! This game can be played with playing cards, small balls or plastic eggs.

Game tips

Count together: At the end of the run, have players count aloud with you as you tally a basket's contents. Wrong answer? Talk it through, then let that player try again.

Time it: Add competitive zest with a stopwatch. Challenge players to beat their own best times.

Make it harder: For older kids, assign values to color flowers (red equals 10, say) and up the question difficulty.

Reward their work: At game's end, use a safety pin to attach a blossom "medal" to each kid's shirt.

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