We do "Family Olympics" - Just like the real ones, we have Winter and Summer Games!
We divide into teams, make silly names, and make cool medals for the winners. Then, over the course of a week, we have our championships. Each night, we add our scores to a big poster that we make, that hangs in the kitchen. We like to give lots of rewards - so we make a big bucket of little goodies bags with prizes. Some are slips of paper that say things like - "Your choice of TV show tonight," and others are dollar store toys, $1 bills, or candy. You can reward the nights winner, the team that's in the lead, etc.
We're gearing up to start our Summer Games soon - here are a few of the challenges that we'll be competing in:
Hula Hooping - how long can you go?
How many baskets can you shoot in a row?
Backyard mini golf - add your scores.
Bicycle Obstacle course - who is fastest?
Relay races - timed.
Egg races - timed.
You can use just about any outdoor activity your family enjoys as a challenge. What's awesome is that it gets kids SUPER excited to get outside and play each night. After a week of it, they'll usually stick with it pretty good though the rest of the summer too :)