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Easy Backyard Games Perfect For Sunny Days

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I love the summer, but it can be a little dry (no pun intended). I mean, there’s all that sun, sure, but what are you supposed to do with it? Well, if you’re like me and have a backyard with some space to spare, you can turn it into a mini amusement park. You don’t need an expensive trampoline or even an elaborate sprinkler system: these games will entertain your friends or family while also giving them something to do outside!

Giant Jenga
The game is simple: stack up the blocks as tall as you can without knocking them down. If your tower topples, you’re out.
There are lots of ways to play this game, but here’s one version: make sure everyone has a turn building the tower (either by themselves or with a partner). Add in some safety precautions, like not stacking any blocks that are too large compared to those on either side or using only one hand at a time when reaching for a block from above. Then get ready for some serious fun!
The best way to make it more challenging is by adding another set of blocks to use instead of just having two people playing at once (it also helps if there are more than two players). You could also decrease how high off the ground each person’s tower must be before they’re allowed another turn—that’ll force them into quicker decisions about which pieces go where and how many risks they’re willing to take before moving on again.

Outdoor Movie Night

Outdoor movie nights are a perfect way to spend an evening with your kids. The trick is choosing the right film: make sure it’s appropriate for their age and they have a blanket or something else to sit on. You’ll also want to bring snacks, drinks and any other supplies you need (such as paper plates). If you’re projecting onto a screen, make sure it’s big enough so everyone can see clearly!
If you don’t have access to a projector or screen—or if the weather won’t cooperate with outdoor viewing—you can always put together your own makeshift projector with just the right lighting conditions and some good old-fashioned phone tricks.

Water Balloon Fight
Water balloon fights are the perfect backyard game for summer. They’re cheap and easy to make, and you’ll have a blast playing them with friends or family.

Once you’ve got all your balloons ready to go, it’s time to start throwing! You can play free-for-all or team battles; here are some tips on how best to avoid getting hit by flying things:

• Stay alert at all times! If someone throws a balloon at you without warning and hitting it makes a sound louder than “bang!”, there’s no time like now for jumping out of its way—try doing cartwheels or somersaults if need be!
• Stay away from tall grassy areas where people could hide behind bushes waiting until nobody’s looking before launching an attack on unsuspecting victims nearby (you know who I’m talking about).

We hope you enjoyed reading about these simple backyard games. They’re easy to play and require minimal equipment, making them ideal for kids or anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time setting up their own backyard game night. We know there are plenty of other great ideas out there, so if none of these sounds like your cup of tea then take some inspiration from our list and try creating your own backyard favourites!

July 15, 2022

Grill Safety

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We are well into the spring months and you can start to smell the savoury scent of grilled BBQ and burgers in the air. Even though it is not officially summer yet, this hot and sunny weather makes us want to get our grills out and enjoy the outdoors. As June is National Safety Month, we thought we would share some grilling safety tips to help us prepare for any risks involved. We think everything tastes better when grilled and knowing these guidelines will help us make the most of our grilling. Here are our top 5 safety guidelines to guarantee a fun and safe barbecue party.

• Read the owner’s manual
The simplest, yet often forgotten, guideline is to read the instructions first. Typically, there are also safety guidelines included in the manual that can be helpful in ensuring your safety and the people around you.
• Grills are for outside only
Grills are never for indoor use and when setting up, make sure your grill is in an open area and away from walls or any combustible objects that could easily catch fire or melt, such as dry leaves or vinyl siding.
• Keep grill stable
It is important to keep the grill on even ground. This will ensure the hot grill is stable and will not be tipped over. Never attempt to move a hot grill. It is easy to stumble or drop it and could result in serious burns.
• Materials to use
Use barbecue utensils with long handles to avoid burns and splatters. In terms of clothing, make sure you are not wearing shirts that have hanging tails and your apron strings are properly tied to avoid catching fire. Don’t forget to use flame-retardant mitts to protect your hands from the heat. Also, consider placing a grill pad or splatter mat beneath your grill to protect your deck or patio from any grease.
• Be ready to extinguish flames and never leave a grill unattended once lit
When setting up your grill, make sure you have easy access to a garden hose or fire extinguisher. You can also use baking soda to control a grease fire. Just make sure you never leave a grill unattended once lit to ensure you can respond quickly in case of a fire.

Being cautious and prepared for any risks involved with grilling ensures you’ll get the most fun out of your grilling. So get those grills out, call your friends and have a fun and safe barbecue party!

June 7, 2022