Looking for some brilliant outdoor activities to keep your children entertained all summer long? You need our ultimate list of the best garden games for kids! From classic childhood favourites and awesome outdoorsy toys to ultra-competitive trick-offs for the whole family, here are our top picks!
Top Children’s Garden Games:
- Keepy-Uppy Contest (Smart Ball)
- Capture the Flag
- Red Light-Green Light
- Pindaloo Trick-Off
Hopscotch is a classic garden game for a reason: it’s loads of fun! You usually start by using chalk to draw a numbered court on pavement, but if you’d prefer to play in grass, you can use tiles or even paper plates.
Once you’ve set up, players must attempt to toss a stone onto the first space–it must land completely in the area, not touching a line. If the player is successful, they must hop the entire course. Single rectangles are hopped with one foot while side-by-side squares are hopped with one foot in each square. Once the player comes back around, they must attempt to toss the stone into the second square. The player continues their turn until they make a mistake, lose their balance, or miss a square. Then, it’s the next player’s turn. The game continues until a single player completes the entire course.
All you need for this fun garden game is a broomstick or a skipping rope (and maybe some music)! To play, two people must hold either end of the broom or rope while the other player(s) attempt to cross under it. Start high and keep lowering the bar–how low can you go?
3. Keepy-Uppy Contest
This one is a brilliant choice for super-competitive kids and football fans. Grab a football and challenge the whole family to a game of Keep-Uppys. The goal here is to prevent the ball from touching the ground.
Each player goes one at a time and must use their feet, legs, chest, and shoulders to keep the ball in the air. Each touch counts as a point. To make scoring much easier, try using Smart Ball, which lights up with every touch and counts your Keep-Uppy score aloud for you! The player with the highest score at the end wins.
4. Capture the Flag
Capture the flag is a fantastic game for large groups of friends and family members. Divide everyone into two teams and give each team a flag (it can be a piece of coloured paper, a cloth, whatever you have handy), which they’ll place at their team’s base.
The aim of the game is to capture the flag from the other team’s territory and make it back safely to your own territory. This means you must defend your own territory from ‘enemies’. If an ‘enemy’ player crosses into your territory, you can tag them and send them to your jail. They can be bailed out of jail if a member of their team runs into your territory, tags them, and runs back. One freed person is allowed per jailbreak. The first team to successfully capture the other’s flag is the winner!
5. Red Light-Green Light
This one makes a great game for three or more players. One player is designated as the ‘Traffic Light’ and stands at one end of the garden. The other players stand at the other end on the starting line.
To play, the Traffic Light faces the starting line and calls out, ‘Red Light’. This signals that the players must not move. The Traffic Light then turns their back and calls out, ‘Green Light’. This signals to the players that they can run. The Traffic Light then spins around quickly, calling, ‘Red Light’ again to make the players freeze. If anyone is spotted moving, they must return to the starting line. The game continues until one player makes it to the end and tags the Traffic Light. This player is the winner and gets to be the next Traffic Light.
6. Pindaloo Trick-Off
Pindaloo is a wildly popular garden toy. It’s especially great for summer, as it can be used on land and in the pool. The basic premise is simple: loop the ball from one end of the plastic tube to the other. It sounds simple, but it’s actually quite tricky! Beginners might challenge each other to a looping challenge: how many times can each player successfully loop the ball?
More advanced players can challenge each other to all kinds of wacky trick-offs. Can you do Pindaloo behind your back? How many times can you do the elbow bounce trick? How about the knee bounce? The possibilities (and the laughs) are truly endless!
For this fun garden game, all you need is a playground ball (like Waboba Moon Ball) and some eager players. Each player gets a number (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) and circles around the person who is ‘The Thrower’ for the round.
To begin, the Thrower tosses the ball straight up in the air and the other players must run away. As the ball reaches its peak in the air, The Thrower must call out one of the players’ numbers (for example: ‘One!). The player whose number was called must run back and catch the ball, or chase after it if it’s bouncing around. Once that player has the ball in their possession, they shout out, ‘Spud’ and all of the other players must freeze. The person with the ball must then try to hit one of the players with the ball (this can be done by rolling the ball, bowling-style). If they are successful, the person who was hit becomes It for the next round. If they miss, they become It.
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