The games are fun, but the outdoor games are even more. And they provide a healthy activity so important for both children and adults. Look at our suggestions!
Each of our chosen activities is easy to play and will provide hours of fun on hot summer days. Even in winter, some days are warm enough for kids to go out and play.
This article offers some easy-to-do play suggestions and some that require equipment and preparation. Whatever game or activity you choose, we guarantee you will have more fun in your garden than ever before!
Outdoor games for children
In the age of electronics, kids need motivation to get them out and play. The experts in child health tell us that children are not getting enough exercise and that many of our children are obese. Outdoor games provide a fun and healthy exercise. Our selection provides fun for kids of all ages.
1. Outdoor games: Catch the water balloon
Although a bit messy, this game is fun, especially for a hot day! Simply fill balloons with water and play catch. Children can play in pairs or teams with players who move a step further at each throw. Determine the winner in one of the following ways:
• Whichever pair or team that misses three takes loses.
• When participants are wet, they have lost.
• The team that succeeds in getting away from each other without losing points wins.
2. Outdoor games: Bowling on grass
• It's an outdoor game that's easy to set up and fun to play. You can create bowling pins from empty 2-liter soda bottles.
• Fill the bottles with water to stabilize and use a heavy plastic ball to spill them.
• An easy and straightforward way to count points is to give one point per upside down keel. The person with the most points after a certain number of rounds - ten works well - wins the game.
3. Outdoor games: Basketball with words
Use the outdoor basketball hoop or large trash for this fun game. Choose a word - the name of an animal works well. The goal of the game is to not miss a basket. The players take turns and each time a player misses the basket, they receive a letter of the chosen word. When a player wins all the letters of a word, he is out. This game works for any number of players. You may allow other players to try to block or hit the ball of the player trying to make a basket.
4. Outdoor games: The art with chalk
Chalk is inexpensive and offers hours of fun. Your little ones will love drawing simple figures and animals. Your older children can create murals or play areas such as houses, streets or farms where they can store small toys. If you hate the appearance of chalk, washable varieties are available. Your children can also use chalk to draw the hopscotch or pawn game.
5. Outdoor games: Outdoor pawn game
A fun game to set up and play. The outside pawn game is played on a giant apron with colorful paper plates for the pawns.
• Start by marking out a giant square with chalk on the cement or with spray paint on the grass.
• Continue to fill the apron with 64 boxes.
• Use chalk or paint to color boxes alternately.
• Give children colored paper plates - twelve for each player to use as pawns.
6. Outdoor games: Hopscotch
Draw a game of hopscotch on the cement or on the asphalt driveway. A popular design is three vertical squares, two horizontal squares, one vertical square, two additional horizontal squares, another vertical square, and a final square. Number the squares from one to ten. The last square is where a player pauses before returning to square one. The boxes must be large enough for a player to jump from one foot to the other without problems.
• To start playing, the players throw a marker in the first square. If the marker does not land in the box, the player loses their turn. Stones are most often used as markers, but any small object will work.
• A player starts to jump by the square with the marker. He can use his left or right foot.
• When there are two horizontal squares, both feet can be used. However, when there is only one vertical square, the player must jump.
• If a player puts two feet on the ground when he has to jump, he is"out".
• If a player advances on a line, jumps on the wrong square or exits the square, he loses a turn.
• When a player reaches box number ten, he turns around and returns to the beginning, picking up the marker on the path.
• The player must jump on the square where the marker is and go back to square one.
• When a player has a turn, he starts with the next numbered square.
• The first person who placed a marker on each square wins the game.
7. Outdoor games: Have fun in the sandbox
All children like to play in the sand. If you have pets or wild creatures, build or buy a covered sandbox. Children can play with cars and trucks, creating roads and other scenarios for hours. Young children will appreciate buckets, shovels and simple mussels. You can also use your old food storage containers. If you have a small sandbox, consider buying brightly colored sand specifically designed for children.
8. Outdoor games: Bags throw
All you need for a bag throwing game is a large, sturdy cardboard box and bags filled with"beans".
• On one side, make one or more holes in the box through which the bags will be thrown.
• Players start about four feet from the box and move further each turn.
• The player who makes the most successful shots wins the game.
Outdoor games for adults
Picnics, barbecues and outdoor birthday parties are fun activities for kids and adults alike. The addition of outdoor games increases the pleasure and creates memories for such events. Our selection of outdoor adult games also works well with older teens.
1. Outdoor games: Croquet
The players in this lawn game try to hit small colored balls of wood or plastic through wire"wickets". These are arranged in a specific sequence and create a specific course. The player who finishes the course first wins the game.
2. Outdoor Games: Kan Jam Game
The Kan Jam game is from New York and has spread to the rest of the world quite quickly. The only equipment required is a Frisbee or other type of disc and a large container such as a clean bin. A slot is cut on the side of the container. The goal of the game is to get your disc into the container. If a disc is thrown into the slot on the side, there is an instant win. This game can be played individually or with teams depending on the number of players.
3. Outdoor Games: Corn Hole
This is a variation of the bean bag spray. Players or teams take turns trying to throw bags into a round hole at the end of an inclined platform. The boards are placed face to face 27 feet apart. The players take turns with a bag passing through the hole worth 3 points and a bag remaining on the platform worth a point. To win, a player must get exactly 21 points. If a player exceeds 21 points, he loses 10 points and starts the game again from 11 points. The first player to get exactly 21 points wins.
4. Outdoor games: Horseshoe
Another fun outdoor game involving throwing is the horseshoe game. The goal is to throw horseshoes on a stake, trying to get as close as possible. The closer the horseshoe is to the stake, the more points the player gets. Each player takes two throws. If a horseshoe completely encircles the stake - the player gains three points. If a horseshoe ends up leaning on a stake - the player gets a point. If both horseshoes are thrown closer to the stake, the player gets two points. You can define for yourself the number of points required to win.
5. Outdoor games: Volleyball
You will need 12 to 16 people, a volleyball, a net and two poles to hang the net. Mark a volleyball field 60 feet long and thirty feet wide and place the net about eight feet above the center of the yard. The goal of the game is to get as many points as possible by hitting the ball over the net and the other side. The teams try to keep the ball in their hands without making a mistake. A fault occurs when the ball is:
• Sent off the field.
• Striked more than three times by a team.
• Struck twice in a row by one player.
• Take in the hands of a player
In addition, a foul occurs if a player touches the net by playing with the ball or takes more than eight seconds to serve. The team that scores 25 points first wins a set. The winner is the one who gets the most out of five or three sets.
Outdoor games for a party
1. Outdoor games: Make bubbles
You do not need to buy a bubble solution to make it. Just give each person a plastic cup and a straw. Fill the cup with a little dish detergent and a little water. Mix the water and soap until the foam begins to form. Blow with the straw. Very big bubbles will begin to form. You can color the solution if you want colorful bubbles. If you wish, you can hold a contest to see who will make the biggest bubble.
2. Outdoor games: Relay races
Relay races work well for any age or type of rally. You will have to divide players into teams of six to eight players. Designate a start line and a finish line and ask the teams to line up behind the starting line. When the"Go!"Command is given, the first person runs to the finish line and returns to the next person on his team. This continues and the first team to have all of its players back to the starting line wins. Of course, you have to add some fun by telling the players how to run the race.
Some fun examples are:
• Push a tennis ball with his nose
• Carry buckets of water to fill a large bucket at the finish line
• Balancing a raw egg on a spoon
• Running with a ball between the knees
3. Outdoor Games: Treasure Hunt
Although this game takes a little preparation, it can be very entertaining at parties. For very young children, hide objects before the party. You can use small colorful toys related to the theme of the party. Provide each child with a bag to store what they find. For older children, make a list of hidden items to look for them. For example, a pine cone, a small rock, a specific type of leaf and a small piece of wire. Your list will depend a bit on the nature of your garden. Adults can enjoy a community treasure hunt. Provide cameras to adult teams to take pictures of their finds.
And most of all have fun!