Backyard Game of the Year Contest Basics
CLIF Kids’ 3rd Annual Backyard Game of the Year is a nationwide contest. Individual kids between the ages of 6-12 may enter the contest with a game they invent. The game doesn’t have to be fancy, or use special equipment, it just has to be fun, creative, active and played outside. Stacy Tornio, co-author of the book The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up and one of this year’s judges, notes, “Kids exercise their creativity using tablets and mobile phones every day. Wouldn’t it also be great if we helped them explore their imaginations in nature? Encouraging kids to play outside is a fun and healthy way for them to build valuable skills that they will use into adulthood.”
Individual & Group Categories
In past years, only individual kids have been invited to enter this contest. This year however, there’s a brand new group category that encourages any U.S.-based group that works with kids to submit a new backyard game idea. Groups can include school classrooms, sports teams, clubs, organizations, non-profits and others, but at least two kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years must be involved with designing the game idea to qualify. This new category is meant to promote teamwork and community and groups will be competing for the chance to win donation money to the non-profit of their choice that supports kids’ health and well-being. As in previous years, the individual kid category is specifically designed to allow individual kids to create a backyard game and compete for prizes. This individual category is focused on helping kids ignite their creativity, and will award kids with scholarships to promote their continued exploration and growth.
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