Want to create some unique backyard fun for your family?
Create a family lumberjack competition.
It’s simple to set up and gets everyone outside for some friendly competition. Not only are the activities fun, but you’ll also learn about a fascinating industry with deep historical roots.
In this article I’ll explain how to put together kid-friendly versions of real competitive events from actual lumberjack competitions.
Why a Lumberjack Competition?
A lumberjack competition is a great opportunity to combine the cerebral with the physical! You’ll get your kids outdoors for an adventure that’s part obstacle course, part relay race, part target practice and all fun! Plus, you’ll be able to sneak in a fascinating history and social sciences lesson about this tradition.
Lumberjacks and lumberjills, or loggers as they’re referred to today, are people who cut down trees to harvest lumber. Your family won’t be cutting down any trees. Instead, you’ll participate in fun games that simulate some of the skills used in logging.
Are they excited to get outdoors now that spring is here?
Want a great activity that involves a heaping helping of nature and a bit of competition?
Here’s a fun way to bond with your kids, explore the outdoors and let your competitive streak shine: as a family, make paper boats and sail them down a stream.
Don’t have a nearby stream? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
In this article I’ll show you how to build a paper boat (also called an origami boat) and then find the perfect stream for a family boat race.
Why Construct Paper Boats?
Boats, like cars, trains, airplanes and all transportation really, take you away from your everyday life and lead to an exciting adventure. And what kid doesn’t like an adventure… especially an outdoor journey with a craft thrown in for extra fun?
All you need is some paper or cardboard, duct tape and a flowing stream. You’ll have your kids outside racing paper boats in no time.