25 Clever Outdoor Games for Kids


Keeping children entertained and engaged during the warmer months can be a challenge. However, with 25 clever outdoor games for kids up your sleeve, summertime (or any time) will be anything but boring. These activities are not only fun, but they’ll also encourage teamwork, creativity, and physical activity—qualities that every child can benefit from!

1. Water Balloon Toss – Fill up balloons with water and have kids toss them back and forth without letting them break. As the kids get better at catching, increase the distance between them.

2. Nature Scavenger Hunt – Compile a list of common outdoor items (such as leaves, acorns, or flowers) for children to find in your yard or nearby park.

3. Obstacle Course – Set up a backyard obstacle course using pool noodles, hula hoops, cones, or other materials.

4. Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest – Arm kids with colorful sidewalk chalk and have them create their best works of art.

5. Duck-Duck-Splash – Similar to Duck-Duck-Goose but with a small cup of water that gets splashed onto the chosen player.

6. Giant Bubbles – Create oversized bubble wands using string and dowel rods and mix a DIY giant bubble solution for hours of fun.

7. Tug-of-War – Split into teams and start pulling for the ultimate test of strength.

8. Soccer Bowling – Arrange empty plastic bottles as bowling pins and use a soccer ball to knock as many down as possible.

9. Capture the Flag – Divide children into two teams and assign each team their own territory with a flag hidden on each side; the goal is to retrieve the opposing team’s flag without being caught.

10. Hula Hoop Vortex – Participants hold hands in a circle around a hula hoop suspended by one person’s arm before attempting to get the loop around the group without breaking handholds.

11. Jump Rope Challenge – How many times can each child jump a spinning rope without missing?

12. DIY Mini-Golf – Set up a miniature golf course in your yard using household items as obstacles.

13. Potato Sack Races – Using old pillowcases or burlap sacks, have children hop to the finish line.

14. Simon Says – Have one person play “Simon” and instruct others in performing various actions, with players only responding to orders starting with “Simon Says.”

15. Flashlight Tag – Play tag at night using flashlights to identify other players.

16. Nature Bingo – Create bingo cards depicting various items found in nature, such as insects, rocks, or plants; the first child to spot and mark off a row of these items wins.

17. Lawn Twister – Use spray paint or chalk to create a twister board on the grass for an outdoor twist on this classic game.

18. Sponge Relay Races – Teams must race with a soaked sponge held between their knees and pass it along teammates without using their hands.

19. Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest – Kids test their accuracy and distance by launching watermelon seeds from their mouths (with plenty of snacks afterward).

20. Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe – Layout 9 hula hoops in a 3×3 arrangement and have kids take turns tossing frisbees, aiming to get 3 hoops in a row filled with their frisbees first.

21. Giant Jenga – Create an oversized version of Jenga using wooden blocks for some backyard stacking fun.

22. Freeze Dance – Play music and let the kids dance until it stops—anyone caught moving is out!

23. Water Balloon Toss – A classic summertime game that will keep kids cool and entertained. Fill up balloons with water and have pairs of participants toss them back and forth. The goal is to not let the balloon burst.

24. Freeze Tag – One player is ‘it’ and chases the other players around, attempting to tag them. Once tagged, the player must ‘freeze’ in place until another player taps them to unfreeze.

25. Duck, Duck, Goose – Players sit in a circle with one person walking around the outside, tapping each person on the head and saying “duck” until they select someone as the “goose.” The goose then chases the first player around the circle, trying to tag them before they reach the goose’s spot.