9 Must Play Games to Get Your Kids Outdoors This Summer


playing outsideHave you ever noticed that kids just can't wait for the school year to end? They're itching to finally get out from behind a desk and run around and jump and play and be a KID? And then two days after summer vacation begins, you walk downstairs in the morning to find them sitting on the couch looking like bumps on a log?

It's not that they don't want to have fun, but all that being in school, being told what to do all day has fried their PLAY brains. They don't know how to do it without being told. So here's a must-play, can't-fail list of games that will keep them outside and spark their creativity. They won't only just stay out there for a good long while being a normal kid, but you won't have to keep dragging them out there every day. Here goes:

1. Hose plus lawn equals mud. And mama wants a pie! The messiest kid is the winner!

2. Hot potato; played with water balloons.

3. Dig for China. What, Mom said we can dig in the lawn? Better yet: it's China, they'll be at it for days.

4. Pooh sticks in ditches. Best for the bigger kids with enough sense to steer clear of the cars, but throwing a few items into the rainwater and running down to the other end of the ditch is great fun. Even more fun? Watching what ELSE comes washing through.

5. Manhunt. Like hide and seek with flashlights. After dark!

6. Camping in the middle of the day. A game of pretend more so than a traditional "game," this is fun for kids who like having everyone drive by wondering what the heck they're doing. If you have a ham, this is the game for them.

7. Freeze tag.

8. Touch football.

9. Frisbee. 

What games kept you occupied for hours when you were a kid?


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Beths... Bethsunshine

We played kickball, cops and robbers,Charlie's Angels, Wonder Woman ( go ahead and laugh) Army...I miss those days!! I wish we had a yard big enough so my kids could play those games like we did:( It makes me sad that they can't. Sometimes ( well all the time actually) I wish we could move someplace like where I grew up with a huge yard but close enough to neighbors to play with. My kids play outside, but not like I used to play.

Beths... Bethsunshine

OH yeah, I forgot about freeze tag, and jump rope.

Princ... PrincessPeach06

My absolute favorite was kick the can!

bether89 bether89

We loved the hide and seek after dark.  Riding bikes was the main thing that all the kids in our neighborhood did.

elasmimi elasmimi

we played hopscotch for hours. Now I've tried to teach my 4 y/o and can't remember the rules.


Kick the can, Red Rover, Freeze tag, running in the sprinkler, bikes, tree climbing, swingset tricks, jump rope, and many many outdoor dance parties. :)

ceciliam ceciliam

I did a lot of these as a kid.

momka... momkaribg

My kids would love the mud pie game.

frysh... fryshannon34

I lived on a farm and we played in the big barn for hours ata time

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