Inside: Make Going to the Park more fun with this free printable of park bingo. Visit new parks, try new climbing structures and cross them off one of the four bingo sheets. Play against each other or play as a group!
I have a mom confession to make.
I really can’t stand taking my kids to the park.
I get bored out of my mind.
I don’t like small talk with other moms.
I don’t like sitting on hard park benches, even with a good book.
And I don’t like standing around getting sand in my shoes cheering for my kids sliding down the slide.
But I force myself to take them because I know the value of taking my kids to the park:
Gross motor skill play
Confidence in their body space
But I needed to make going to the park more fun for me.
So in an effort to get me to ‘yes’ to more park time, my family started playing Park Bingo.
Make Going to the Park More Fun with Park Bingo:
During the summer as part of our “Camp Mom” activities and for our Spring Break staycations, my kids and I explore as many different parks as we can, rather than going to the same park over and over.
But we do it with the twist of Park Bingo.
So at each park we visit, we try to block out five in a row on our game board. If we can’t get five in a row, we save the Bingo game until we visit our next park.
We also sneak in a little kindness when we visit each park by hiding these summer random acts of kindness cards.
Here’s how we use these Park BINGO Scavenger Hunt cards:
1.Print out the Bingo Cards and use one per kiddo (there are 4 different versions) or have one for the whole family to share. Download it below.
2. Visit your local park and cross off as many park apparatus features as you can.
3. On your next park trip, visit a different park and see what you can cross off.
4. If you have older kids, encourage them to research parks near you that have different play structure features.
5. Keep visiting new parks in your neighborhood, your town, or neighboring towns until you get 5 in a row, an X, or total blackout.
6. If each of your kids is playing with their own board like we do in our family, the winner gets to pick the park to go to the next time you’re heading out, what snacks to pack for a picnic, or what treat to get after the park.
Park Bingo has challenged us to:
- Discover new parks that are a little farther away than our closest neighborhood parks,
- Find parks that have unique things for my kids to explore and,
- Seek out more advanced climbing options for my kids to stretch their skills.
And it’s challenged me to say ‘yes’ to park time more often.