7 Super Fun Outdoor Games for Kids

It’s week 3 of Survive the Summer with Mykidstime. Each week we’ll bring you ideas for summer activities for kids, and this week we’re enjoying Outdoor Games, here are 7 Super Fun Outdoor Games for Kids to enjoy!


#1. Land, Sea, Air

What You 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

What You 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.

#3. Tip The Can/Kick the Can

What You Need: At least 3 people and a small can/bucket or something you can use as “can” – can be wall/ some other base also.

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

More fun games here

#4. Red Rover

  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

What You Need: At least 3 people, small ball or something similar

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

What You Need: 4 or more players and 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?

What You 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!” The wolf 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.

More fun summer activities on our Survive the Summer page!

What’s your favourite game to play outdoors with the kids? Tell us in the comments below.

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