Many children love using games tables, but getting kids away from them to enjoy the summer sunshine can be problematic. But there is one obvious solution, namely moving them outside.
Games tables are quite easy to move outside, with the one real problem being finding a suitable location for them. Many areas around a property will be a good location for games tables – as long as they can be placed on level ground. A patio is one example of where children can play traditional games such as table tennis, pool and table football outside, though flustered parents may be thinking that the further away the kids are the better, like at the bottom of the garden!
A flat and obviously mown lawn can be utilized for games tables, or any area of the garden where a games table can stand without rocking from side to side. In the case of a table tennis table this should be situated well away from undergrowth, as spending half an hour looking for a lost ball will soon have kids yearning to go back indoors – bringing their table with them.
There are also clever ways of persuading children to go outside to play table games, with cookie treats offered if they stay outside for a couple of hours. Soft drinks can also be made freely available outside to get the kids out of your hair – as long as the weather’s looking good.
Some table games can act as an inspiration for kids, especially when using a table football table outside with a soccer ball and mini goal nearby. After playing a game of table football they will then have the opportunity to re-enact some of their table football goals with a real soccer ball.
The advantage of putting games tables in a garden is that there will often be more space than in a room in a home. Consequently, one pool table can be joined by another, which gives children more opportunities to play rather than standing around and getting increasingly bored while waiting for their turn. With several different types of games tables outside, a games tournament can also be arranged. This shouldn’t be too competitive however, and may require some parental supervision to ensure that the emphasis remains on having fun.
Weather can be unpredictable and plastic covers should be on hand just in case a sudden downpour makes the games tables unusable. If the tables are near to a property then they can be quickly brought inside.
Using games tables outside in the summer can help to create great childhood memories, because kids always remember things they enjoy – and more so when it takes place in a pleasant environment.
For parents, getting the kids outside to play table football or tennis, or have fun playing pool, can often be an excuse to enjoy a bit of space, but it will also be beneficial to the kids themselves. For children used to spending a great deal of time indoors, using the net, games consoles, watching DVDs, as well as using games tables, putting those games tables outside can instill a new found desire to spend more time in the open air.
We hope this gives you some ideas for the (hopefully) upcoming great summer! If it’s inspired you, why not take a look at LibertyGames.co.uk, who sell all the tables we just mentioned as well as plenty more.