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July 7, 2014

Activities for a child with a broken arm

Summer is a tough time to have a broken arm, especially for active young kids. If you have other kids, summer activities can be quite a challenge while their sibling heals. Rather than spend the entire summer canceling plans, get creative so the whole family can still have plenty of fun. Here are a few ideas:

Disc golf: Disc golf courses are scenic and fun to simply walk. They’re nice for hot days, because they’re mostly shaded. Many kids with a broken arm can still play the game, too. Getting started is fairly inexpensive. You can buy a starter kit and bag, or simply grab a plastic disc from home and play recreational disc golf. Search disc golf courses in your area for new places to explore and a fun new activity.

Outdoor games: There are many backyard games that are a lot of fun and don’t require the use of both arms. The wonderful thing is, some of them can be made at home. Games such as washers, lawn darts and ladder ball can help pass the hours. Create a backyard carnival with games, party foods and balloons. Construct a ring-toss game out of a case of glass soda pop bottles and plastic rings, set up a beanbag toss or do face painting; you can even use two-liter bottles or plastic powdered creamer containers and a ball to make a homemade bowling game.

Nature center: Head to your local nature center for a hike. Many nature centers have self-guided indoor exploration areas. Create a scavenger hunt for playing out on the trails. Look for items in nature such as pine cones, wildflowers, stones, feathers, etc. You can be more creative than simply creating a list on paper and giving your kids a bag. For at home or at the park, write the alphabet out on pavement, then have the kids look for items that begin with each letter and place the item on the corresponding letter. For tougher letters such as X and Z, have kids draw a picture with chalk. Or use an egg carton as a collection container, color-code it with paint or construction paper and have kids gather items according to color. For an example, visit elsiemarley.com/summer-journal-scavenger-hunt.html.

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