True to the refrain, “Boys will be boys”, no matter what age they are, they will constantly need something to hold their interest and attention. Also, men of all ages love games and the challenge that comes with them. There is no high for them like defeating someone else at a game, either real or virtual. Nowadays young and old boys have gotten into the habit of playing all their games virtually, on Playstations and Nintendo games; even games like basketball and cricket, which usually requires them to run around and gives them enough exercise, are being replaced by their virtual versions. It has now become increasingly difficult to get them to come out of the house and play like the way games are supposed to be played. Even those who play games outdoors regularly may grow bored of the normal ones and may need a break every once in a while. Not to worry, because here is a list of games that can be played outdoors without the threat of boredom.
Cool Games for Boys
Balloon Water Bombs
Half fill balloons with water. Divide the boys into two teams. Let them stand facing each other. Give one team balloons with water. They throw the balloon to their partner. The partner takes a step back and throws the balloon back to his partner. Who in turn takes a step back and so on. The couple that throws their balloon furthermost without it bursting is the winner.
Water Balloon Bowling
This is a great game in summer. Play cricket with a plastic bat using balloons filled with water as the balls. Each boy gets a chance to bowl and bat. Ensure there are plenty of balloon balls for the boys to enjoy the wet fun.
Fill balloons with water soluble paint. Fill half with red and the other with blue paint. Take care to instruct the guests to wear old clothes and bring a pair of clean cloths with them. Divide the boys into 2 teams - the red and blue team. To identify the teams give each an inexpensive T-shirt or bandana around their heads in their team color. Create a strip of no man’s land - you don't want the boys to be too close when they throw. They must try hit members of the opposite team with the balloons. When a boy is hit he sits out. The winning team is the one with the most un-marked boys. You can also play a drier version of this game with flour balls. Place baking flour in stockings and tie them off. As the flower balls hit someone they leave a white mark, this person then sits out. The members need to wear dark clothing and you won't have two colors to distinguish between the teams.
This is a wonderful way for boys to expend energy. Create an obstacle course in your garden. For younger boys have tables and chairs to climb under or over, a blowup pool for them to wade through. The older boys can climb trees and jungle gyms, run round the house, etc. Take a walk outside, plot the course using lots of imagination. The first one through the course is the winner.
Divide the boys into two groups. Give them a list of articles to find. These articles can be those that are found outside the house – like a rounded leaf, a stone, a trowel – or something that can be found indoors like a crayon, a toy car, a doll’s hairbrush and so on. Depending on their ages arranhe between 20 and 30 items on the list. This will keep them very busy. Another version is to tell each group to find items for each letter of the alphabet - apple, ball, comic book, etc. They can become very inventive.