This summer activity can be played in the park, the beach, or in your backyard. You can
use props, actions or a combination of both. When you set-up an obstacle course it
doesn’t even have to be for a bunch of kids, one person can play this game too.
In your backyard set up stations and have the child or each child move from station to
station in a different manner. The can somersault to one, run backwards to the next, and
skip to the last one. Other methods of locomotion could include walking like a crab,
crawling on all fours, walking sideways, hopping on one foot, or any other sill movement
that can be thought of. Using this method is also a tricky way to get kids to move along
when you are out for a walk with them. Pick a marker not too far in the distance and
have them do a silly move to get to it first.
When out at the park, use the play equipment to set-up an obstacle course for the kids.
They may have to zigzag through the swings, go down the slide and then touch a tree to
win. Involve the kids and ask them what they think should be involved in the obstacle
course or race.
Equipment that can be used to make the course more challenging are jump ropes, safety
cones, different size balls, and other sporting equipment. An obstacle course is anything
that makes it trickier to get from point A to point B. You can add in a task for older kids
to develop special skills like knot tying or balancing – have them balance on one foot on
top of a log to the count of 15. If they fall off they have to start all over again.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.