Fun Outdoor Games for the Whole Family

Looking for some ideas to get everybody active outdoors? Here are some fun outdoor games for the whole family:


#1. Land, Sea, Air

This game is for 5 or more people.

To play this game, you just need to 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.

If the caller says "sea," everyone jumps over the line. If the caller says "air," everyone jumps up. If land or sea is called twice in a row, the second time, you don't move. If air is called twice in a row, jump up both times. If you jump on the line or make a mistake, you're out.

The last person still jumping is the winner.

#2. Stuck in the Mud

This game is for 4 or more players.

To play, 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.

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. If everybody gets tagged, the game is over.

The last person to be tagged is "it" in the next round.

#3. Tails

This game is for 4 or more players.

To play, you need one sock for every player. First, 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.

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.

The last player standing wins.

What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?

For this game, one person is chosen to be the wolf. The wolf stands about 10 feet away with his or her back to everyone else. 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.

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.

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. The wolf has to try and catch at least one person to become the next wolf.

Do you have a favourite game you like to play outside with the family? Share it with us in the comments below

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.