40 Outdoor Games for Kids

Are you looking for new and exciting ways to get your kids outdoors? Look no further! We’ve collected some fun and easy outdoor games perfect for kids of all ages. From classic activities to water games, the possibilities for outdoor fun are endless! Read on for the best outdoor games for kids to get your whole family up, laughing, and having a blast in the sun.

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Classic Outdoor Games

Tag: This is a game where one person is “it” and has to tag the other players, who become “it.”

Hide and Seek: One person is designated as the seeker, while the others hide. The seeker then has to find everyone.

Red Rover: Two teams form lines facing each other, holding hands. One team calls out the name of a player from the other team and tries to break through their line.

Kick the Can: A game where players try to kick a can (or another object) while the “it” player tries to tag them.

Red Light, Green Light: One player is the “stoplight,” who calls out “red light” or “green light” to the other players who try to reach the stoplight.

Hopscotch: A game where players hop through a course marked on the ground, often with a rock.

Four Square: A game where four players stand in a square and bounce a ball between them, trying to keep it in the square.

Capture the Flag: Two teams try to capture each other’s flag and return it to their side.

Simon Says: A game where the leader calls out commands, but players must only follow commands that start with “Simon says.”

Jump Rope: Players jump over a rope while others swing it.

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Fun Team Games

Relay Race: Teams race against each other, taking turns running or completing an obstacle course.

Tug of War: Two teams pull on opposite ends of a rope, trying to pull the other team across a line.

Sack Races: Players hop in potato sacks to the finish line.

Hula Hoop Pass: Two teams form lines facing each other, holding hands. Each team must get the hula hoop down the line while still holding hands.

Scavenger Hunt: Teams compete to find items on a list within a specific time.

Balloon Tower: Teams race to build the tallest tower possible using only balloons and tape.

Human Knot: Teams stand in a circle and hold hands, then try to untangle themselves without letting go.

Egg Drop: Teams create a contraption to protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a height.

Ultimate Frisbee: Teams try to score points by throwing a Frisbee into the other team’s end zone.

Kickball: Teams play a game similar to baseball but using a giant ball that is kicked instead of hit with a bat.

Obstacle Course: Teams race to complete a challenging obstacle course that includes running, jumping, and climbing.

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Sports Games

Frisbee: A simple and fun game that involves throwing a Frisbee back and forth between players.

Soccer: Soccer is a classic team sport that involves kicking a ball into a goal to score points.

Volleyball: A team sport that involves hitting a ball back and forth over a net.

Cornhole: A game where players take turns throwing beanbags at a raised platform with a hole in it.

Bocce ball: In Bocce ball, players roll a set of balls as close as possible to a smaller target ball.

Horseshoes: A game where players throw horseshoes at a stake in the ground.

Kubb: Kubb originated in Sweden, where players throw wooden batons at wooden blocks.

Croquet: Croquet is a game where players use a mallet to hit balls through hoops.

Ultimate Frisbee: A team sport that combines elements of Frisbee and soccer.

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Water Games

Water Balloon Toss: A fun and refreshing game where players toss water balloons repeatedly, trying not to let them break.

Water Gun Tag: Players use water guns to tag each other, getting soaked.

Sponge Relay: Teams race to soak a sponge in a bucket of water and then pass it down the line to fill up a container at the end.

Duck, Duck, Splash: A water-themed twist on the classic game of Duck, Duck, Goose, where the chosen “goose” gets splashed with water.

Water Limbo: Players try to limbo under a stream of water from a hose or sprinkler.

Water Balloon Piñata: Players take turns trying to break open a water balloon hanging from a tree or other high spot using a stick.

Slip ‘n Slide: Players slip and slide down a wet plastic tarp, trying to see who can slide the furthest.

Marco Polo: A classic pool game where one player is “it” and must keep their eyes closed while calling out “Marco” to find the other players.

Watermelon Polo: Similar to polo, but played in a pool with teams trying to pass a watermelon from one end to the other.

Water Volleyball: Water Volleyball is a team game where players try to hit a beach ball back and forth over a net while standing in a pool.


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