Outdoor Play today at Duc D’Anville school yard

Today from 3pm to 7pm at the Duc D’Anville Elementary school playground, we played giant outdoor Bagh-Chal and many other games like mini boules, word-hide-and-find, soccer, frisbee, foam ball badminton and riding various types of bicycles.

As usual, I provided the game equipment, juice boxes and granola bars for everyone.

Some of the participants gathered for a group photo on the Bagh-Chal field:



For the word-hide-and-find, we used an alphabet of plastic letters, with one team secretly forming and hiding a word somewhere on the playground and the other team finding and decoding the word. It was so popular with some of the kids that I left my alphabet box with them when I left at 7pm(!) and they still wanted to play more.


Bagh-Chal at the family festival

We played Bagh-Chal – also known as “goats and tigers” – at the 10th annual Fairview family festival and barbeque.

Thanks to the wonderful Ruth Byrne from the Fairview Family Centre we found some table space for the game board.


I was fortunate enough to play with a senior member of the local Nepali community. He doesn’t speak much English, I don’t speak any Nepali. So I am not even sure I properly caught his name, but we had fun playing anyway … 🙂

We used a board I made last year for an international game night hosted by Nuriya Shamsuddin from Fairview action for neighbourhood change.

the board

Chalk art last Saturday

Last week’s Outdoor Play timers produced some monsters, fire trucks, police cars and hop scotch, and also tried good old bucket stilts. Later we played with many frisbees at once and saw some amazing kites go up despite low winds.

Here some photos from the art section :








Today: bucket stilts, bag kites, letter hunt, acorn boule

Today was one of the most amazing Outdoor Play days for me.

We had about 10 children join that we never met before and most of them just needed some game ideas as an inspiration to run with, no further guidance, just some apples and juice boxes to fuel the fun.

So before long we had various things going on at the same time. One attraction were definitely the bucket stilts I made from a skipping rope that I cut in half and a pair of empty Farmer’s ice cream buckets.

We had received the buckets for free from the friendly canteen people at Risser’s Beach during our camping trip last weekend.


Some simple “kites” that we made from plastic bags and nylon string were a hit with the younger kids, just the right thing for a 4 year old to run around with:


Some of the older boys played three rounds of the ever popular “letter hunt” where one team picks a secret word from a box of colorful letters and hides them in various places in a certain area of the park, before the other team – who was not peeking – goes on the hunt, hopefully finds all the letters and puzzles out the word.


Besides all this, we also had the extra large beach ball, several soft frisbees and balls flying and a game of bullseye acorn boule going on: We drew concentric rings with sidewalk chalk and used a box of acorn like boule balls, scoring points depending on which ring they land on.