Jen Mohler on playing in the backyard.

Whenever there is a family gathering where adults are present (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) the kids always come to me to ask me if there is some game I can teach them how to play.

This all started years ago when we were all trapped indoors because of the rain and the kids were in need of something they could all do together. I taught them how to play Knots (a game where everyone has their arms tangle together and they try to get untangled without releasing anyone’s hand.)  It’s a super simple game, and the kids LOVED it. They still play it at just about every family gathering. Over the years I have taught them other games that I use to love playing outside in my neighborhood as a child. Games like kick-the-can — I’m always shocked to hear about kids who don’t know these games!

This week my focus is on backyard fun!
You can join in too …

  • order outdoor game books from Amazon
  • Fill a bin with items that inspire play
  • Have your camera ready to document the fun

I ordered books this year to help me remember games that I played as a child, and to earn new games as well. Since I am the go to gal for creating fun and making sure no one is bored, I thought a book or two could save my sanity a bit!

My two back yard fun book recommendations are:

The Adventurous Book of Outdoor Games

Great Games!

My back yard bin includes a few basic items most of which we already had. Now they are in one place, so that they can be found easily.

A playground ball, tennis ball, rope / string, jump ropes, Frisbees, flashlights, foam ball, and cones

If we head to grandma’s house, the park, or on a short day trip I can grab this bin full of back yard fun and take it on the road!

I plan on taking LOTS of photos this summer of my family and friends playing outdoor games. I will use the books to learn the rules of both old and new games, the bin to store the supplies and my photos to remember all of the fun we have simply playing in the back yard.
I can hardly wait to add these pages to my scrapbook albums.

This summer, help your family and friends remember how much fun playing in the backyard can be.

ABOUT JEN: Jen Mohler loves simple things like homemade ice cream, freshly squeezed lemonade, and anything hand crafted. She has worked in the scrapbooking industry for seven years as a consultant, manufacturer, designer, and teacher.

Jen is currently teaching a Saving Your Sanity series of workshops at Big Picture Scrapbooking. If you would like to ask Jen a question about this series, or simply say hello, you can email her at If you enjoy Jen’s  tips on Tuesdays, you can learn more in her Saving Your Sanity: Summer Travel workshop. readers can enjoy $5.00 off the Saving Your Sanity: Summer Travel workshop at!  At checkout use the code: summertravel to redeem your discount.

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  1. Heather says:

    Jen- I have signed up for your class and am so loving your guest posts. I found the picnic basket at Target today and am loving all of your grab and go ideas. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

  2. Thank you for the book recommendations. I am a teacher and summer is my time with my girls, I have been searching for cool things for us to do this summer, I will be buying these books. Thanks again!

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