Summer Games

Classic Kids Outdoor Games

As a child I loved nothing more than playing outside with my siblings and friends, we used to play a whole host of games. Times have changed since then with lots of children preferring their computer consoles, the internet and mobile phones to playing outdoors. I want to encourage more outdoor play so I have put together a list of classic outdoor kids games, some of which I’m sure you will recognise from your own childhood.

Stuck In The Mud
Stuck in the mud is best played with 3 or more players and with a bit of space for players to run around. To play someone is chosen to be the mud, this person’s aim is to catch all of the other plays and make them stuck in the mud. If a player is tagged by the mud they are then stuck and have to stand with their legs and arms outstretched, they cannot move until another player has un-stuck them by crawling under their legs. Play continues until everyone is stuck in the mud, then another player is chosen to be the mud.
Number of players: 3 or more

Skipping is great fun and great exercise too. There are many different ways you can enjoy skipping, from skipping on your own to playing double dutch. There are a lot of skipping chants too which makes skipping a great game when played with friends.
Number of players: 1 or more

Hide and Seek
This is a game I’m sure everyone knows, it is fast paced and a lot of fun. It is best played in a big space. Someone is chosen to be the seeker, the rest of the players are hiders. The game starts with the seeker standing at base with their eyes covered and counting to 100, the other players have to run and hide. The seekers aim is to find the hiders before they get to base, if the hider reaches base they are then safe. The game ends when all player are safe or have been caught.
Number of players: A group

What’s The Time Mr Wolf
This is a great game as it can be played with as little as 2 players. Someone is chosen to be the wolf, the wolf stands with their back to the other players. The other players stand a couple of meters behind the wolf. The players have to shout “what’s the time Mr Wolf” the wolf then shouts back with a time. If the wolf says 2 o’clock the players all take 2 steps towards the wolf. When the wolf senses the players are close enough for him to catch when asked what time it is he can shout “Dinner Time”. When “Dinner Time” is shouted the players have to run back to the starting point without the wolf catching them. This is a lot of fun and usually involves lots of screaming and laughing.
Number of players: A group

Kerby is played on the street using a basketball. Each player stands on the opposite side of the road and take it in turns to throw the ball at the kerb. The aim is to try and hit the kerb which will make the ball bounce back to you. Each time you get Kerby, ie the ball hits the kerb and bounces back to you, you get 1 point. The winner is the first player to reach 50 points. It is paramount this is played safely and in an area where there are no cars or traffic.
Number if players: 2

British Bulldog
This game is best played in a large field. One player is chosen to be the bulldog, that player stands in the middle of the field. The other players have to run from one side of the field to the other without being caught by the bulldog. If a player is caught by the bulldog they become a bulldog too and have to help catch the other players. The game ends when all players have been caught.
Number of players: A group

Hand Clapping
This might sound simple but throw in a rhyme and a couple of fun moves and it can provide hours of entertainment. Rhymes are sung along at the same time as the players clap their hands together, there are lots of different hand clapping rhymes and sequences.
Number of players: 2

Duck Duck Goose
Duck Duck Goose is a classic children’s game which is often played at children’s parties. It is best played in a group, so the more the merrier. Someone is chosen to be the duck, the remaining players sit in a circle facing inwards. The duck is on the outside of the circle and walks around tapping each players head, each time they tap a players head they say duck, when the duck decides the time is right they will tap someone’s head and shout goose. The duck and the goose then have to race around the outside of the circle and try to be the first player to sit in the empty space, whoever is left standing becomes the Duck for the next game.
Number of players: A group

The Sack Race
Most children have played the sack race at their sports day. It’s a lot of fun and most children enjoy playing it. Tie a ribbon at the finish line or clearly mark a finish line. Each child steps into their sack then hops/jumps as fast as they can to the finishing line. The first one to cross the finish line is the winner. This can be played using old pillow cases.
Number of players: 2 or more

Simon Says
This is another fun game which children will love. Someone is chosen to be Simon, Simon gives the other players actions to do, for example Simon will say “Simon says jump up and down” all players will then jump up and down but Simon will try and trick the players. If Simon doesn’t say “Simon says” before an action then players should not do it, if the player does the action they are out.
Number of players: 2 or more

Now you have some fun outdoor game ideas get the kids together and have some FUN! Is there a game you used to love playing or still play with your children? Let me know below.

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