Fun,Cool Outside Games for Kids

Freeze and Melt

Materials: None

1. Designate a play area.

2. Have all the children run around in designated play area.

3. Have the adult or person it clap hands and yell freeze.  All the children must freeze at this time.

4. Who ever did not freeze is out.  The adult or person it decides who is out.

5. Adult or person it yells melt all the children start running around again.

6. Last child standing is the new person it.

SPUD

Materials needed: Kick ball or any rubber ball about the size of a basketball

  1. One child holds the ball
  2. All the other children make a circle around him (about 4ft away)
  3. Child holding the ball calls out one of the other player’s names and throws the ball straight up into the air.
  4. All the children run away from the ball except the player who’s name was called
  5. Player who’s name was called must run and get the ball. When they pick up the ball they yell stop.
  6. All the children must freeze
  7. Child who is holding the ball gets to take 4 big steps towards another player while spelling S-P-U-D
  8. After the steps the child must throw the ball to tag another player. If they get the player that player gets an S if they miss then they get the S. The child that gets tagged is now it.
  9. When a child receives S-P-U-D they are out. Last child standing wins.

 Hit the Deck/ Captain’s Ship

Materials: None

  1. Designate an area to be the “ship” let all players know where the left, right, front and back of the ship is, also make a base.
  2. One child is chosen to be it.  This person is the captain.  All the other people playing are the crew.
  3. The captain shouts outs order s to the crew.  The crew must follow.
  4. If a crew member does not follow the orders from the captain they are out. (think Simon Says)
Here are the orders the captain can shout out.
Hit the deck!: All players must lay on the floor
To the ship:  All players run to the right, last one there is out
To the Island: All players run to the left, last one there is out
Three man boat: All players must get into groups of three and pretend to row a boat ( player that does not make it in a group is out)
Shark!:  All players must run to base (make a base prior to the start of the game). Last player to base is out
Attention on deck: All players salute the captain and yell “aye, aye Captain” Players cannot move until captain yells “at ease” If a player moves they are out
Man Overboard: Players get into groups of two, one player lays on their stomach the other player  places their foot on their partners back. Players that do not have a partner are out, last pair to do task is out.
Bow: Run to the front of the ship, last one there is out
Stern: Run to the back of the ship, last one there is out
Scrub the deck: All players get on their knees and pretend to scrub the ship, players don’t stop until captain yells “ships clean”  players who stop early or keeps cleaning are out

 

Johnny Come Over 

Materials needed: None

Must be played in a large open area

  1. Pick 1 child to be it.  If you have a large group (over 10) 2 people can be it.
  2. The child who is it stands in the middle of the playing area.
  3. All the other children stand in a horizontal line about 30ft-50ft away.
  4. Child who is it yells Johnny Come Over all the children try to run to the other side while child is it tries to tag them.
  5. When child are tagged they must freeze.
  6. The children who made it wait until they hear Johnny Come Over to try to run back to the other side.
  7. Children who are tagged can help the child who is it by sticking their hands out to tag children as they run by. They can only stick their hands out they cannot move their feet.
  8. Last child standing wins and becomes the next person it.

 

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT 123 

Materials Needed: None

  1. One child is chosen to be it (traffic light)
  2. All the other children stand 30ft-50ft away
  3. The “traffic light” turns their back towards the children and says Red light, green light 123 while all the other children run closer to them.
  4. After the “traffic light” says 3 they quickly turn around. Any child caught moving get sent back to start.
  5. First child to reach the “traffic light” wins and is now it.

 

Mother May I

Materials needed: None

  1. One child is chosen to be the “mother”
  2. All the other children stand in a line 30ft-50ft away
  3. The “mother” calls out of the children’s name and asks them to complete a task (i.e take 4 giant steps forward). The child responds “Mother May I?” The “mother” replies yes you may or no you may not.
  4. The “mother” goes down the line of children and has them complete tasks until one child reaches her and is now the new “mother.”

Children love this game because they are asked to complete many different and funny tasks.  Some ideas are: Giant steps, Ballerina Steps, Frog Leap, Spin Step.

Be Creative and Have Fun!!

 

Water Balloon Toss

Materials Needed: Water Balloons

  1. Put the children into two lines.  Their partners will be the child directly across from them.
  2. Give each child on one of the lines a water balloon.
  3. When they are told go the children throw their water balloon to their partner and then the partner throws it back.
  4. When all the teams complete this task one line takes a step back. If they did not complete the task and they break the water balloon that team is out.
  5. Repeat
  6. Last team standing wins.

Tag

Materials Needed: None

  1. Decide on an area where the children will play. Instruct the children not go out outside that area.
  2. Pick a child who is it.
  3. All the children start running around
  4. The child who is it tries to tag another child.
  5. When another child is tagged they are now it.
  6. The games continues until you have them stop.
Freeze Tag

Materials Needed: None

  1. Decide on an area where the children will play. Instruct the children not to go outside that area.
  2. Pick a child to be it.
  3. All the children run around.
  4. When the child who is it tags another child they freeze.
  5. Last child standing wins and is not it.

Blind Man’s Bluff

Materials Needed: None

  1. Decide on an area where the children will make.  Make sure it is clear of any objects on can trip and get hurt.
  2. Pick a child to be it.
  3. The child who is it wears a blind fold.
  4. The blind folded child has to spin in a circle 5-10 times (number of spins will be set at the beginning of the game) while the other children runs away.
  5. After the child completes the spins they yell stop.  ALl the children must freeze.
  6. The blind folded child yells blind man’s and the other children respond bluff.
  7. The blind folded child must try to find the children using the verbal cues.
  8. They repeat the saying blind man’s bluff until all the children are found.
  9. Last child found wins and is now it.

 

Relay Race Ideas for Kids Outside Games for Kids

Relay Races are a lot of fun with a group of kids. There’s not a lot to set up, lets kids exercise and encourages team work . 9 or more children work best but If you have a small group make only two teams and have kids go twice. When making teams I usually put children into a line size order I make the smallest children first and fill in the bigger children behind them to make the teams even.  

You can stick with the traditional race or be creative with them.  Here are a list of top relay races I found kids enjoy the most.

 

Turning point: the line that kids run to before coming back 

 

Quick Change Relay

items needed: Oversized clothing and accessories (i.e pants, shirts, ties, scarfs, hats, shoes etc.)

Set up: clothing and accessories set up at turning point for each team

  1. Split children up into teams
  2. 1st child  in each line runs to turning point and puts on all clothes and accessories over their clothes.
  3. The children run back, take off the clothes and accessories and sit at the back of the line.
  4. 2nd child on line puts on all the clothes and accessories and runs to turning point.
  5. At turning point children take off clothes and accessories and runs back.
  6. Repeat
  7. First team with all children sitting wins.

 

Crab Walk Relay

Items needed: None

Set up: None

  1. Break children up into teams
  2. Using hands and feet children crab walk to turning point and back to start
  3. When child reaches start they tag their teammate and go to the back of the line and sit down.
  4. Repeat
  5. First team with all members sitting wins
Tennis Ball Relay
Items needed: tennis ball, box  (something to drop ball in, a shoebox works great) one is needed for each team
set up: leave boxes at turning pointross from the teams
  1. Break children up into teams.
  2. Give each child who goes first for their team a tennis ball.
  3. Fist child from each teams puts tennis ball between their knees and has to get to turning point without dropping it.  If the ball is dropped before reaching turning point they must return to start and begin again.
  4. At turning point child drops ball into box and runs back, tags their teammate and sits at the back of the line.
  5. Next child on line run to box at turning point and picks up ball and repeats task
  6. First team with all members sitting wins
* To make it more difficult take away box and have each member hold ball between knees to turning point and back.
 
Balloon Pop Relay
Items needed: Balloons for each child playing.  This race can be done with regular inflated balloons or water balloons
Set up: none
  1. Break children up into teams
  2. Give each child a balloon.
  3. First child from each team runs to turning point with their balloon.  When they reach the turning point children must pop their balloon by sitting on it.
  4. When child pops balloon they must run back to start and tag their teammate and sit at the back of the line
  5. Repeat
  6. First team with all members sitting wins.
Sack Race 
items needed: 1 sack per team (laundry bag works great or for smaller children pillow case).
Set up: None
  1. Break children up into teams.
  2. Give first child on each team a sack.
  3. Children must get into sack and jump to turning point and back
  4. Once they are back they tag their teammate and sit at the back of the line.
  5. First team with all members sitting wins.
Jump Rope Relay 
items needed: 1 jump rope per team
set up: none
  1. Break children up into teams.
  2. Give first child from each team a jump rope.
  3. Children jump rope to turning point and back.
  4. When they return to start they hand jump rope to their teammate and sit at the back of the line.
  5. First team with all members sitting wins.
Penny Relay 
items needed:  1 penny per team, one box/pot per team
set up: place box at turning point
  1. Break children up into teams.
  2. Give first child from each team a penny.
  3. Children must place penny on foot and walk to turning point.  If they drop penny they must return to start and try again.
  4. At turning point children must drop penny in the box without using their hands.
  5. Once completed children run back to start, tag their teammate and sit at the back of the line.
  6. Teammate runs to turning point picks up penny and repeats task.
  7. First team with all members sitting wins.
Regular Relay 
Items needed: none
Set up: none
  1. Break children up into teams.
  2. First child from each team runs to turning point and back.
  3. When they make it back to start they tag their teammate and sit at the end of the line.
  4. Repeat.
  5. First team with all members sitting wins.
Everyone’s Different Relay
Items needed: none
Set up: none
  1. Break children up into teams.
  2. First child from each team crab walks to turning point and back.
  3. Second child from each teams runs backwards to turning point and back.
  4. Third child from each team runs side step to turning point and back.
  5. Fourth child from each team does a tumbles to turning point and back
  6. First team with all members sitting wins.
*This race can be done many ways you can add cartwheels or a sack,  have fun with it.
Wheelbarrow Relay 
Items needed: none
Set up: none 
  1.  Break children up into teams. Children will work in pairs.
  2.  One child walks with their hands while their teammate hold their feet.
  3.  Children walk like wheelbarrow to turning point, switch positions and return back to start.
  4.  Repeat.
  5.  First team with all members sitting wins.

 

Three Legged Relay

Items needed:1 bandana for each team or partner straps

1. Break the children up into teams.

2. Give each child a partner.

3. The partners stand next to each other side by side.

4.  Tie the first set of partners inside legs together with a bandana or use partner straps.

5.  They have to run or walk together to the turning point and back.

6.  When they get back to the starting point the next group of partners goes.

7. Continue until all the pairs have a turn.  The first team with all their members sitting wins.