Getting an outdoor itch to start something new? How about the ever-so-fun game of shuffleboard? Begun more than 500 years ago as a game for European royalty, shuffleboard is becoming more popular with Americans who see it as a less expensive alternative to golf.
Perform anz trikz-footbag basic kick with tips from this how-to video. Start by learning the basic kicks, including the inside kick. During an inside kick, contact should be made just above the support leg knee.
Breakdancing. Acrobatics. Gymnastics. Human jump roping fits in all. And why not? It's frickin' awesome. (Image credit: Flickr user envycleopatra.)
Watchout! Snowballs! You’re outside. You’re getting pummeled with snowballs. Time to build a snow fort and set-up teams... The snow war is on!
Learn how to whistle very loud with your fingers inside your mouth in simple steps. 1. First fold the front part of your tongue backwards and insert any two fingers from both hands, then blow the air out. 2. You can use your two small fingers, index fingers, middle finger and; others to blow out the whistle. 3. The most difficult part is using your thumb and index finger together to blow a whistle. 4. You can also use any two fingers together and also your thumbs by practicing with them to pe...
When most of us are snowed in, typical activities include movie marathons, hot chocolate, and complaining about being bored. Maybe, if we're feeling ambitious, we'll build a snowman.
Just starting to get into the Society for Creative Anachronism? This tutorial shows you some basic footwork and few useful strategies when you're fighting with just a basic buckler (punch shield) and a sword. Though aimed at the SCA, this tutorial will work for anyone into theatre combat, boffer larps or other reenactment organizations.
This Australian bush guide teaches the ways of the Boomerang. How to throw the Aussie weapon. Boomerangs are like airplane wings. Have the curved side with the beveled edge facing you. The more you flick your wrist when throwing the boomerang the more rotation your boomerang will have. Throw the boomerang at a 45 degree angle to the wind. Don't throw the boomerang into the wind. Throw it at a 1 o'clock angle, not 12 o clock or six. It's not to be thrown like a baseball or a frisbee. If you th...
Jeremy Reid has created what quite possibly may be every child, teenager and adult's dream: the backyard roller coaster. This thing sure beats my childhood swing set.
A shield makes a fantastic defense in boffer combat. If your character uses a shield, you're going to want to make sure to get the most out of it. This video shows you a variety of shield techniques you can use to protect yourself in boffer combat or fighter practice.
It's quite the challenge to be able to bounce up and down on a pogo stick, but once that's mastered, it's time to start learning some tricks. Start off with the 180 flip, the no footer, and the peg grab pogo stick tricks. Follow along with the demonstrated steps in this instructional video and learn how to do a few basic pogo stick tricks.
What do you do with your prusik cords so that you can continue to climb or travel? Learn how to bundle up your prusik cords so that they're easier to manage and carry.
Petanque is the French game of boules, popular throughout the world. Although pétanque, bocce, bacci, boccia, kubb, curling, lawn bowling, and marbles are related, they all have their own components that make them different. Here are the basic rules of playing the game of petanque.
MIT students get to have all the fun... Mike Nawrot and Romain Teil constructed their fully-functional, homemade wooden roller coaster in just two weeks, aptly named the Reverse Cowgirl. We've seen lots of thrill-seeking backyard contraptions, but this one imprisons the rider in a freaky vertical position:
Why role play online with an avatar when you can live out your princess-rescuing and spellcasting fantasies in real life? Amtgard is a real life, live action RPG in which people roleplay in set up situations.
Straw Bale mazes are fun for children and adults a like and are a great way of having fun with the whole family! In this video you'll learn how to put create the maze, pull together volunteers, and get the sponsors you need!
When John Ivers grew tired of the long lines at amusement parks, he decided to build his very own roller coaster - in his backyard. Called the Blue Flash, the roller coaster is said to have the same safety standards as official park coasters, and even has a 360 degree loop.
What's with Russians jumping to icy depths (re: near death)? Exhibit A.
Learn how to coach your tee ball team with the help of these awesome warm-up exercises for you to practice.
Spear fighters can be intimidating, especially if you have built up a reputation as being good. This tutorial shows you how to best help your side if you're a spear fighter, as well as how to go up against someone else who is also fighting with a spear.
Interested in getting a pogo stick? Maybe you've seen some of the impressive pogo stick tricks. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to do some basic tricks on the pogo stick. Before attempting these tricks , try to get comfortable with the pogo stick by jumping.
Build your backyard snow fort bigger and better than ever before. The stick trick is vital to keeping your fort sturdy.
My stomach is doing somersaults just watching this. Looks fun, albeit incredibly dangerous. Take it down a notch (or fifty) and build an indoor swing this winter. Previously, Deeply Trusting Female Volunteers Bod to Redneck Science: First Human Slingshot.
Got a traditional boomerang lying around? Check this video out for a tutorial on how to throw a traditional boomerang the right and wrong way. Each step performed shows what's being done wrong and what's being done right, so be sure to watch this if you wish to improve your boomerang skills.
It's the newest craze to hit the web and it's called "tarp surfing". Somehow it is out and out ingenious. Simple and infectiously fun (for some reason, the resourceful silliness of it is right on par with CD-R bubble blowing).
Regardless of what you might have seen on tv or movies, you should never throw a boomerang side-arm. The only proper method for throwing a boomerang is to throw it overhand just like you would with a baseball. There are two ways to grip a boomerang: either pinch it or cradle it. You can do whichever one is more comfortable to you. This video will show you how to throw a boomerang.
In this tutorial, we see how to whistle loudly by putting your fingers in your mouth. First, place your two fingers from each hand into your mouth. You will use the middle and pointing fingers from each hand. Place your fingers underneath your tongue and hold the tongue back while you whistle. Push the tongue to the back of your mouth making a seal around your lips. Push air out of your mouth going out into the middle. This is the easiest way to make a loud whistle sound while just using a si...
Becoming better at boffer combat is not a matter of mastering fancy sword moves, it's about being able to force an opening in your opponent's defenses and taking advantage of it without leaving yourself open for a counter-attack. This tutorial shows you precisely how to create these situations and take the most advantage of them.
In this tutorial, we learn how to whistle with your fingers in your mouth. First, you will grab your two pinkie fingers and place them inside your mouth on either side. Seal them with your tongue and blow across the remaining hole that is in your mouth. From the side, you should be able to see just one area where the air is coming out of from your mouth. The air should blow across the top and will control the pitch of the note that you are playing. From here, you can learn how to play songs a...
Here's how you can fight against a shield wall if you're wielding a spear when playing in a boffer larp (live action roleplay). And after those strategy tips, here is some advice on how you can team up with a shield fighter for a deadly tag team.
This tutorial shows you how to fight with a knife, dagger or other sort of short sword if you're engaging in boffer combat. You aren't totally helpless if someone comes at you with a longer weapon, and this video demonstrates what you can do!
The Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club would like to help you learn how to lawn bowl. Just watch this great video introduction to the much under-appreciated game of lawn bowling.
It's massive, it's dangerous, and it looks HELLA fun. Shot by filmmaker Devin Graham on the Canon 5D Mark II, it's most likely the widest slip 'n slide in the world (the exact location remains a secret):
Want to get started with the heavy combat in the Society for Creative Anachronism? First, you'll want to be protected by armor. Secondly, you'll want to be armed with a rattan sword. Thirdly, you'll want to know how to use your sword. And this video covers all these basics for you.
This video covers how you can be more effective with boffer tactics that teach you how to use a polearm against a line of players wielding swords and shields. This tactic is even better if you have a swordsman to back you up.
This tutorial shows you firstly what a boffer spear is (and is not), and then goes over the basic stances and techniques you can use when you're on the battlefield and fighting with a foam spear. Learn how to overcome an entire phalanx with a ranged weapon!
This is an advanced boffer fighting tutorial which focuses on the shield, and how you can improve your shield technique as a boffer fighter. Learn several good tips on how to become better at both offensive and defensive boffer shield fighting. Keep yourself protected with a shield block!
This video demonstrates close-up how to whistle loudly. It tells how to hold your lips and where to place your fingers. Just keep trying until you find your "sweet spot".
Snow fort + Star Wars = coolest dad in the world. Says Redditor jabo27 : “I actually measured out my son’s big toy AT-AT to get the different parts to the right ratio, but then that all went out the window when I actually started building it in the yard. At least you can crawl into the head (from the back side), through the neck and up a deck on the body. and then slide down it’s ass.”
Please. Do NOT try this at home. Previously, Russian Roulette Bridge Jumping.