What is summer in Australia without backyard cricket? The rules of backyard cricket are fluid and can change depending on where you’re playing and who you’re playing with.
You’ll need a cricket bat, a tennis ball and something for the stumps (cricket stumps are best but wheelie bins and eskies are good replacements). The more the merrier but all you really need is a batter and a bowler.
And you can always get creative and use trees, pets and any objects you have in your backyard as makeshift fielders.
Like football, you can play volleyball with almost any ball (or ball-like material). Once you have that, all you need is at least two players and something to serve as a net. The clothesline is the classic solution.
Volleyball is versatile because you can play it in the backyard, at the park, on the beach or even in the water (pool or ocean) when you need to cool off.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can try kick volleyball, a popular game that is played throughout Asia.
If your backyard or park has a basketball hoop, your family can spend a whole afternoon playing games that are suitable for all skill levels.
If you have enough players, you can play a full court game or a half-court game. Siblings can spend an afternoon playing a game of one-on-one, and sometimes spend the entire summer (or several summers) trying to one-up each other.
Games such as horse and around the world are also great for getting the whole family together without needing to spend the day running up and down the court.