Don’t let your outdoor play equipment be neglected this summer. If the novelty of your climbing frame has started to wear off, inspire new interest in it with these game ideas.
Ghost In The Graveyard
For most fun, play this game after dark, but make sure you’ve picked up any stray toys littering the lawn first.
Underneath the climbing frame is the haunted house. One person is nominated as the ghost hunter, and the rest are the ghosts. You all start-off in the haunted house then as the hunter starts counting to one hundred (or whatever number you decide), the ghosts run off and hide. Once the hunter begins their search, the ghosts need to run back to the safety of the haunted house without getting caught. The first person to be caught, or last person to get back safely is the ghost hunter next.
Climbing Frame Bowling
Set some cups up, open end down, like skittles on the platform of your climbing frame. The aim of the game is to bowl a tennis ball up the slide and knock down as many cups as possible. The skill comes from judging how hard to throw the ball: too soft and it won’t make it up the slide; too hard and it will shoot up in the sky, missing the cups.
Crazy Golf Course
Use your climbing frame as a huge prop in a back garden crazy golf course. If you have a sandpit under the frame you can use it as a bunker. Or place a cup at the bottom of the slide, and try gently tapping a ball down the slide and into the cup. For a competitive element, stick three cups or plastic flower pots, side by side, and write a points value on each one, then place the target at the bottom of the slide, and see who can score the most.
This is also known as golf ball ladder, or ladder bola. For this game you will need to make your own bolas: a piece of string around 4-6 inches long, with a weighted ball, usually a golf ball, on each end. The aim of the game is to toss the bola at the rungs of your climbing frame’s ladder, and you get a point for every bola that wraps itself around a rung and stays put. You can add a little maths work to the game by assigning a points value to each rung.
To set this old fashioned cowboy game up you will need an old bed sheet, with a few holes, about 4-6 inches wide cut into it. These are targets, so feel free to decorate them with paints and assign points values to each one. Then secure the sheet to the open side of your climbing frame, making sure the sheet is pulled taut. The aim of the game is to toss beanbags or tennis balls through the holes. If the weather is good, you could leave this set up all through the summer holidays.