Outdoor Games

Teach all children to play games without batteries! They will always remember the fun!


  1. Kick the Can: In Kick the Can, one person was IT and had to hide their eyes and count while everyone hid. We liked to play this after dark, too. The difference from hide and seek was that you could change places and, if you managed to get back and kick the can, IT had to come back and set it up before they could 'catch' anyone. Each person that was caught was then to help IT catch the others. Always, kicking the can stopped the game until it was erected again.
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  3. Annie Over: We threw a ball over the house hollering "Annie Over." The object was to catch the ball and without it touching the ground. You never knew where it was coming over only that it was coming over when the call of "Annie Over" came.
  4. Red Rover: Red Rover took a lot of kids, the more the better. One side would yell, 'Red Rover, Red Rover send (someone's name on the other side) right over. The person named would run as hard as they could and try to break through the locked hands of the other side. If they did not, they were captured and had to stay on the other team. If they broke the line, they got to pick someone to take back to their team.
  5. One-Eyed Cat: We also used to play 'one eyed cat'. That was a ball game. You could play with teams or just individuals. You hid the ball as far as you could and then held the bat out and the person that retrieved the ball had to try to throw the ball through the "V" formed by your arm and the bat. If they did it was their turn to bat. If not, you continued until someone threw the ball through.
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  7. I Spy: Then there was 'I Spy'. One person or team would describe an object in the room and say 'I spy . . . ' giving as vague a description as you could to make it hard. Guesses were then made and clues were given by telling the guesser if they were hot or cold.

I'm sure there are lots more that I have forgotten, but these are the ones that we played the most. Also we had indoor games like hide the thimble. That is pretty self explanatory. I don't remember having too many toys to play with, but I also don't remember ever being bored.

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August 18, 2006

What are some fun games for 2-5 year olds can play outside at a birthday party?

Lou from Ontario


August 18, 20060 found this helpful

I have been to lots of parties lastly and all the little
one had so much fun with a Piñata.


Walmart did carry them....

LOL they can hit it instead of each others.

~~~Good Luck~~~

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August 18, 20060 found this helpful

We played "ice fishing" at our VBS this year. Take a large roasting pan fill it with ice and then put some colorful marbles in it. Have the children take off their shoes and socks and try to pick up the marbles with their feet. It will cool everyone off very fast.

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August 18, 20060 found this helpful

Here is just one place I found games:


Google "outdoor games preschoolers" for MANY more...

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By Linda. (Guest Post)
August 19, 20060 found this helpful

Fill a large box with styrofoam peanuts. Bury presents or goodie bags in the peanuts. Let the kids dig until they find one. Blowing bubbles is fun. Dress up is fun-make it a relay where they dress and undress and then the next one does the same. Prize to the team finishing everyone first.


Make it several or few articles of clothing depending in the age of the kids on each team. Little ones can have a dressing helper. Anything with water is fun. There are a gazillion books and magazines and articles on games for kids! Pinatas are faun, but you need to be careful no one gets hit by accident.

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By partyexpert999 (Guest Post)
March 16, 20080 found this helpful

A fun outdoor game for a toddler would be the dress up relay race. Kids of all ages will love this game. They object of this game is to put on all the correct clothing and accessories in the right position. (Ex. Hats on head, shoes on feet, pants on legs, shirts on body, ECT.) You must pass the finish line with all the items completely on you or you will be disqualified.


If you end up dropping an item, go back to the item, pick it up, and then keep going! For kids that are 3 and under can have assistance of an adult to help them complete the relay.

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful

Here's a good outdoor game for the fall:


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February 10, 2017

Take this fun game outside for parties or camping trips by making one from a tarp. This is a page about homemade outdoor twister game.

A homemade Twister game.

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