As we move into summer, the weather is warming up everywhere and we’re all on the hunt for games to play outside. These are my top 9 outdoor games that the whole family can enjoy!
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Anyone else REALLY excited for summer? This summer is a little different than most, but I can guarantee we’re all craving lazy summer days that turn into dusk along with some serious doses of fresh air and sunshine. Whether we’re traveling far, or staying on our block, it’s going to be more important than ever that our kids get outside. These? Some of my favorite games to play outside. These are tried and true outdoor games that require little equipment if any and are ALWAYS a hit with a variety of ages!
9 Games to Play Outside
Hopscotch: This classic one of my favorites. I shared it over in my Sidewalk Chart Ideas blog post and I standby it being good for hours of fun. Want to make hopscotch a little academic? Instead of throwing a rock on a random number to skip…..have your child complete addition problems and skip that number. Or another option? Use letters instead of numbers and have them skip a letter that starts a word!
Scavenger Hunt: Kids LOVE a great scavenger hunt and you can easily create one in your own yard. My easiest suggestion? An alphabet scavenger hunt. Hand them a clipboard. Tell them to find an object that starts with each letter of the alphabet (trust, it’ll take awhile).
Four Square: We just ordered a playground ball specifically to play four square. Four Square was a HUGE hit on the playground when I was teaching and is a perfect way to get siblings to play together for hours (see all the rules HERE).
Simon Says: Now, technically Simon Says can be an indoor or an outdoor game but it’s one of my favorite games to play outside. How does it work? One person is the boss (aka Simon). They give commands. Players are ONLY supposed to comply when the command starts with “Simon Says”. Otherwise? They’re out. Trust, this is a great way to hone those listening skills!
Obstacle Course: We’ve created chalk obstacle courses, but summer is a great time to really up your obstacle course game. Pull out balls, jump ropes, resistance bands…..and build a fun one. Bonus? Get the neighbors to host part too so that it spans multiple houses.
Hide and Go Seek: Hide and Go Seek is the ultimate class outdoor game, right? Warning, just be sure to come up with some parameters beforehand or you’ll find your child four blocks away!
Jump Rope: Jump rope is always a blast. I love that now there are TONS of jump rope routines on YouTube…..they’ll keep your kids busy ALL SUMMER LONG.
Red Light, Green Light: This is a great game for younger kids. Start with the whole family in a starting spot, when you say Green Light everyone will move towards the finish line. Anytime you yell Red Light, they freeze. Still moving? Back to the start. Whoever gets to the finish line first? Wins.
Tag: Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned game of tag? Got kids who tag a little too hard? Try Shadow Tag where they tag each other’s shadows instead of bodies.