13 Reasons to Enter the CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year

gameIt’s Backyard Game of the Year time, and we’re trying to spread the word that every kid between 6 and 12 should enter this contest. Why? Take a look.

  1. Your kid could win a $10,000 scholarship. No joke. That’s the top prize.
  2. It allows your kid to be an inventor.
  3. It’s an excuse to get out and get some exercise.
  4. It promotes creativity.
  5. Because sometimes kids just need to get outside.
  6. It makes them take a break from those electronics.
  7. It gives them a chance to be in charge.
  8. Because CLIF is just a cool company who supports getting kids outside.
  9. It’s a good response to “I’m bored.” Your reply: “Great. Now go make up your own game.”
  10. It’s a great challenge. Give your kid one object—a pile of rocks, a ball, etc. and challenge them to make up a game.
  11. Your kid could win a $1,000 scholarship and a new bike. Not a bad prize for runner-up.
  12. It’s a great way to celebrate and explore your own backyard.
  13. It’s fun!

The deadline is right around the corner! Enter today. And in the meantime, take a look at some of last year’s great games. Be sure to check out the game Stacy’s son was a finalist with—Zombie Hunt!


Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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