7 Super Fun Outdoor Games for Kids

Jill Holtz

June 15, 2019

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Getting the kids outdoors to play some games is a fun way of encouraging them out of the house to get some fresh air and rosy cheeks! If you need some ideas for fun games to play with them, here are 7 Super Fun Outdoor Games For Kids to enjoy!

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Some of these games you may remember from your childhood, they are all fun to play either with the family or friends. They would also work really well for some outdoor fun at a child’s birthday party. Many of them don’t need any special equipment just a few people willing to have fun!

Try these 7 super fun games, guaranteed to get everyone active and giggling!

Fun Outdoor Games For Kids

#1. Land, Sea, Air

You Will Need

5 or more people

How To Play

  1. Draw a line on the ground. Pick one person to be the caller. The caller calls out the commands, “land,” “sea,” or “air.” If the caller says “land,” everyone jumps behind the line.
  2. If the caller says “sea,” everyone jumps over the line.
  3. If the caller says “air,” everyone jumps up.
  4. If land or sea is called twice in a row, the second time, you don’t move.
  5. If air is called twice in a row, jump up both times.
  6. If you jump on the line or make a mistake, you’re out.
  7. The last person still jumping is the winner.

#2. Stuck in the Mud

You Will Need

4 or more players

How To Play

  1. Pick someone to be “it.” When “it” tags someone, they are stuck in the mud and can’t move. To get unstuck, someone else has to crawl through their legs.
  2. To make it harder, you can add this twist. If a player touches the stuck player’s legs when crawling through them, then they are stuck too.
  3. If everybody gets tagged, the game is over.
  4. The last person to be tagged is “it” in the next round.

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#3. Tip The Can/Kick the Can

What You Need

  • At least 3 people
  • a small can/bucket or something you can use as “can”
  • a wall or some other base.

How To Play

  1. One person is picked to be on and counts to thirty, while the others run away and hide.
  2. When they find a player hiding they run back to the can/wall/base, and shout ” Tip the can, I see X…”
  3. If the player that is on catches everyone, then the first person caught is next on.
  4. A player who is hiding can win by touching the can and shouting “Tip the can, I free all”

“I loved playing Kick the Can – I still love watching the kids play it now!” – Jacqueline

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#4. Red Rover

You Will Need

At least 6 players

How To Play

  1. The game is played between two lines of players, who link their arms to form a chain.
  2. The game starts when the first team calls out, “Red rover, red rover, we call [name of player on opposite team] over. The person called is to run to the other line and break the other team’s chain (formed by the linking of hands).
  3. If the person called fails to break the chain, this player joins that team. However, if the player successfully breaks the chain, this player may select either of the two “links” broken by the successful run, and take them to join his original team.
  4. The other team then calls out “Red rover…” and play continues.
  5. When only one player is left on a team, they also must try and break through a link. If they do not succeed, the opposing team wins. Otherwise, they are able to get a player back for their team.

“Great memories of playing this on street with my friends” – Dervla

#5. Queenie

You Will Need

  • At least 3 people
  • A small ball

How to Play

  1. Pick a person to be the “queenie,” and that person turns their back to everyone else.
  2. The “queenie” then throws the ball over her shoulder and one of the other players needs to catch it or pick it up.
  3. All of the players except the “queenie” need to put their hands behind their backs so the “queenie” doesn’t know who has the ball.
  4. The “queenie” then turns around and everyone shouts: “Queenie I O who’s got the ball? Are they big or are they tall? Are they fat or are they thin? Or are they like a rolling pin?” 
  5. The “queenie” has to guess who has the ball through a process of elimination.
  6. If the person with the ball is the last one to be picked, that person becomes the new “queenie.”

#6. Tails

You Will Need

  • 4 or more players
  • A sock for every player

How To Play

  1. Each player hangs their sock from their back pocket or waistband. This is their “tail.” On the word, “go,” each player tries to take the other players’ tails without letting anyone else get theirs.
  2. When a player’s tail is taken or falls off, they have to sit down. Even though they are sitting, they are not out as they can grab the tail off anybody who runs by. If they manage to get somebody’s tail, they can hang it from their back pocket and start running around again.
  3. The last player standing wins.

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#7. What’s The Time, Mr. Wolf?

You Will Need

3 or more players

How To Play

  1. One person is chosen to be the Wolf. The Wolf stands about 10 feet away with his or her back to everyone else.
  2. Everyone calls out in unison: “What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?” The Wolf gives an answer between 1 and 12, turning around to face the rest as he or she does so.
  3. The rest will then take as many steps as the time announced. For example: Let’s say the Wolf says it’s 10 o’clock, they can take 10 steps forward. There is no limit on the size step they can take, they can take huge steps or little steps.
  4. When everyone has taken a step, the Wolf turns his or her back again and the rest shout out the same question. It keeps going this way until the Wolf finally says “dinner time!” and turns around and chases the children. The children have to run back to the start line. If they make it to the start line, they are safe.
  5. The Wolf has to try and catch at least one person to become the next Wolf.

What’s your favourite game to play with your child? Any other fun outdoor games for kids you enjoy? Tell us in the comments below.

7 Super Fun Outdoor Games For Kids

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Published On: June 15th, 2019 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: April 1st, 2021 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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