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Watching the Olympics will inspire you. Summer is a great time to challenge family and neighbors to a little friendly competition. Here are a few ideas. Don’t forget to have fun!

Ready, Set, Race

There’s nothing more classic than a running race. Decide where the race will start and finish. It can be as short or as long as you like. Who’s the fastest? Let’s find out!

Kick the Ball

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Kickball is a summer favorite. On a street without traffic, draw bases with chalk. Are you playing on grass? Old shirts or toys will work!

Up and Over

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Grab a ball and a net. It’s time for volleyball! No net? Tie a jump rope between two trees. In a yard or park, turn on sprinklers for added fun.

Chalk Games

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You can do a lot with a piece of chalk. Draw a hopscotch court. Or host a guessing game. Can a friend guess what you’re trying to draw?

Toss It In

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In the game cornhole, players throw beanbags at targets. Don’t have beanbags? Use little balls or toys. Don’t have cornhole targets? Buckets or bowls work.

Knock 'em Down

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Try lawn bowling! Find a patch of grass in a yard or park. Set up your “pins.” Empty bottles work well. Roll a ball at them. How many can you knock down?

Jump for Joy

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How long can you jump rope without getting tangled up? You can also try some jump-rope tricks. Can you cross and uncross your arms?

Off to the Races

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Relay races are exciting. How fast can you run with an egg on a spoon? Pillowcases are great for a potato-sack race.

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