Top 10 Easy Kid Games to Play Outside
Looking for some easy kid games to play outside this summer? Check out these easy, simple games that will have your kids outside having fun & getting exercise. We’re often outside in the evenings with our kids looking for something to do. Rather than letting them stare at a TV screen or video game, we often suggest playing a simple easy game and soon they all want to join in. Nothing is better than getting your children started on a fun game to keep them moving or improving their hand-eye coordination. And remember, adults can play too. Go ahead, get out there and enjoy your backyard and some fun time with your kids.
Check out our Top 10 Easy Kid Games to Play Outside
10. Capture the Flag
I remember playing long games of capture the flag in my neighborhood growing up. There were always lots of kids around and the more the merrier with this game. This is one of those easy kid games to play outside because all you need are several kids & a few rags, shirts or flags to capture. There are several variations of capture the flag but the easiest is to just split into 2 teams and try to capture the other team’s flag without getting tagged.
9. Flashlight Tag
Flashlight tag is best played in the summer with at least a few older children. In this game the kids all have flashlights & the kid who is “It” tries to find you. You play in the dark so it’s good to pare up smaller children with an older child to make sure they don’t get scared or lost. Be sure to set some boundaries so you’re not chasing kids throughout the neighborhood.
When I grew up we could always get a soccer game together outside. All you need are a few kids but the more the merrier. With just a soccer ball & any patch of grass (or dirt) you can get a soccer game going. This is an easy kid game to play outside because all you really need is a ball.
If you have a blacktop, driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface & some chalk, you can easily get a game of hopscotch together. Find a rock, stick or pebble, mark the squares and take off. A game of hopscotch can keep your kids occupied for hours. You can even play this alone so if you r kid has no other siblings or friends around, they can still challenge themselves. Get hopping.
6. Red Light, Green Light
We love playing red light, green light. This is one of those very easy kid games to play outside or inside if the weather is too cold or rainy. Adults can play too. I like being the caller to get started but then it’s fun to see different kids calling the game. I think they love the sense of power they get making you stop & go and then enjoy sending you back to the starting point.