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Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outside and enjoy the warm weather through active play. Outdoor games provide many benefits for children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Research shows that spending time outdoors improves health, boosts vitamin D, reduces stress, and encourages creativity and imagination (Why Outdoor Play is Essential for Children). This guide will explore the most fun and engaging outdoor games to keep kids moving and entertained all summer long.

From classic playground favorites to exciting water activities, sports, and fitness challenges, there's something here for every child. The games included promote physical activity, teamwork, and friendly competition. Kids will build strength, endurance, coordination, and flexibility while enjoying sunshine and fresh air. These outdoor activities will create lasting summer memories through play that feels more like fun than exercise.

Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, adventure, and plenty of time spent outdoors. This guide offers ideas to spark kids' imaginations, encourage movement, and bring friends and families together. Let the outdoor games begin!

Classic Playground Games

Classic playground games are timeless activities that have been enjoyed by generations of kids. They promote running, chasing, strategy, and teamwork. Some classic favorites include:

Tag: This game involves one player being "it" and chasing the other players to tag them. Once tagged, that player becomes "it" and the game continues. There are variations like freeze tag where players freeze when tagged and can only move again when unfrozen by another player. Tag encourages cardiovascular fitness and agility.

Capture the Flag: Players divide into two teams, each defending a "flag" on their side of the playing field. Teams try to sneak into the other team's territory, capture their flag, and make it safely back without being tagged. This game teaches teamwork, speed, and strategy.

Red Rover: Teams form lines facing each other and link hands. One team calls out "Red Rover, Red Rover, send [name] right over!" That player then runs to break through the other team's linked hands. If they break through, they get to pick a player from that team for their own. If not, they join the team they tried to break through. This classic game encourages communication, planning, and agility.

These playground classics inspire creative outdoor play while keeping kids active. They can be adapted for all ages and group sizes, requiring minimal equipment. As cited from this video, they bring out healthy competition and imagination in kids.

Backyard Sports

Some classic sports and games get a backyard twist during the summer. Set up a makeshift field or court in your yard for endless active fun.

Kickball brings baseball to the backyard with a larger, easier-to-kick ball. Get the bases out and gather teams for a friendly tournament. For more info see https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-play-kickball-1257102

Wiffle ball adapts baseball for the backyard with its signature perforated plastic ball. Make a diamond, set up rules, and play ball. Get wiffle ball tips from https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-play-wiffle-ball-1257108

Lawn bowling brings the classic game outdoors with sets of balls and stakes. Take turns rolling balls to get closest to the target. See rules and setup at https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-set-up-lawn-bowling-1358135

Croquet sets up wickets on the lawn for a game of strategy and aiming skills. Use mallets to hit balls through the course. Get tips at https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/outdoor-games/how-to-play-croquet

Potato sack races build coordination as kids hop to the finish line. Split into teams and have a relay race. See race ideas at https://www.parentmap.com/article/classic-outdoor-games-to-play-with-kids

Water Games

What better way to cool down on a hot summer day than with some fun water games? Get the kids outside and let their imaginations run wild with these refreshing activities.

The classicwater balloon tossnever gets old. See how far apart kids can get before the balloons burst, or have an all-out water balloon fight. Just be sure to clean up any broken balloons when you're done.

Slip n slidesare endlessly entertaining. Use a plastic tarp or heavy duty trash bag, plus lots of dish soap and water. Kids will go zooming down the slide all afternoon. Take turns to prevent injuries and arguments.

Turn on thesprinklerand let kids run and splash to their heart's content. They can take turns running through the water, or bring out pool noodles for some sprinkler sword fights.

Water gunsmake for lively water battles during hot summer afternoons. Set ground rules about not shooting at faces, then let the soaking begin! Refill 'ammo' buckets as needed so the fun doesn't run dry.

With a little creativity and supervision, water games are a great way to keep kids active outside while staying cool. Just be sure to enforce safety rules and take breaks so no one gets overheated.

Obstacle Courses

Obstacle courses are a fun way to get kids moving and challenging themselves in the backyard. You can design courses that go over, under, through, and around various objects. This builds coordination, balance, endurance, and problem-solving skills.

Start by laying out a path using cones, hula hoops, pool noodles, jump ropes, and other items. You can have kids crawl through tunnels made from large boxes, hop through tires or hula hoops, zigzag between cones, balance along a line of pool noodles, and more. Get creative with the obstacles based on what you have available. Relay races add extra excitement, with teammates passing a baton as they go through the course.

For inspiration, check out this Pinterest boardwith backyard obstacle course ideas. You'll find tips like using a slide or stairs as part of the course, setting up a teeter totter balance beam, and hanging obstacles from a clothesline.

This guide from Happy Toddler Playtimealso has excellent ideas for designing a fun and challenging backyard obstacle course for kids of different ages and abilities.

Nature Games

Spending time outdoors in nature is a wonderful way for kids to stay active during the summer. Nature provides endless opportunities for games and exploration. Here are some fun nature game ideas:

Scavenger Hunts

Create a scavenger hunt for kids by making a list of items they need to find outside. This could include things like a feather, pinecone, smooth rock, leaf, flower, stick, acorn and more. For younger kids, keep the list short with easy to find items. For older kids, make the list longer and include some challenging items. Scavenger hunts encourage kids to carefully observe their surroundings.

Nature Bingo

Make bingo cards with different pictures of things found in nature like trees, flowers, animals, etc. As you're outside with the kids, have them mark off items they spot that are on their bingo card. The first one to get bingo wins! This game teaches kids about nature while keeping their eyes peeled.

Outdoor Art Projects

Collect leaves, flowers, sticks, rocks, pinecones and other natural items and use them for outdoor art projects. Kids can make collages by gluing items onto paper or canvases. They can also make sculptures, pressed flower art, leaf rubbings with crayons and paper, and more. Getting creative with nature builds appreciation for the outdoors.

Sidewalk Chalk Games

Sidewalk chalk is a classic summertime activity that allows kids to get creative and active outdoors. From drawing intricate murals to playing active games, sidewalk chalk brings color and imagination to the pavement. Here are some classic sidewalk chalk games perfect for summer:


Hopscotch is a classic sidewalk game that has entertained kids for generations. To set up a hopscotch court, draw a series of numbered squares or rectangles on the ground with chalk. Then have kids toss a small object (like a rock or coin) into square 1. They hop through the course single-legged, skipping the square with the marker. Bend down to pick up the marker on one foot, hop back, and continue the pattern. Take turns and try making creative hopscotch designs.

According to Active for Life, hopscotch is a full-body workout that builds coordination and balance.

Four Square

Four square is a popular playground game that's even more fun when drawn in chalk. To set up, draw a large square and divide it into four smaller squares numbered 1-4. The player in Square 1 serves the ball by bouncing it into another square. The player in that square hits it into another square, and play continues. If a player misses the ball, causes an error, or hits it out of bounds, they're out and new players rotate in. This fast-paced game builds hand-eye coordination.

Chalk Drawing Contests

Sidewalk chalk unleashes kids' creativity. Have drawing contests to see who can create the most elaborate masterpieces. You can even give them chalk paintbrushes to "paint" the pavement. Let them draw anything from animals to patterns to their dream house. Not only is this artistic fun, but drawing strengthens fine motor skills.

Themed drawing contests like "Under the Sea" or "Outer Space" spark imagination. Display chalk art proudly before washing away and starting anew.

Ball Games

Ball games are a classic way to get kids active and having fun outdoors during the summer. Here are some popular ball games perfect for the backyard, park, or playground.


Kids love kicking a soccer ball around. Set up two goals with cones or upside-down buckets and let them play one-on-one or in teams. They'll get a great workout running back and forth while also building foot-eye coordination.


Set up a mini basketball hoop or mark a shooting spot on a wall. Kids can take turns seeing who can make the most baskets or play a game of HORSE. Throwing and catching the ball helps build hand-eye coordination.


Frisbees are perfect for parks and backyards. Kids can play classic games like ultimate frisbee or make up new games, like frisbee golf using playground equipment as "holes." Throwing a frisbee helps improve arm strength and aim.


A simple game of catch is always a hit. Use a soft ball or bean bag to play catch back and forth, seeing how many catches you can make without dropping the ball. This improves hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

Outdoor Fitness

Getting kids active and fit outdoors in the summer doesn't have to involve traditional sports. Yoga is a great way to build strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. Set up a yoga station in the backyard with mats and lead kids through beginner poses like tree, warrior, and downward dog. Let them take turns being the instructor! For more of a challenge, create an outdoor obstacle course circuit with stations for things like jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, and sit-ups. Time the kids as they run through the whole circuit. You can find inspiration for kid-friendly outdoor workout stations online, like this article.

Another way to get in some outdoor fitness is by going on nature scavenger hunts or hiking. Make it a competition to see who can find the most items or get to the top first! Just taking a walk around the neighborhood can count as exercise too. Bring a soccer ball or frisbee to toss around at the park. The options are endless when you think creatively!


Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outside and be active through play. The best outdoor games for an active kid summer provide a mix of classic favorites and new adventures. From playground games like hide-and-seek to backyard sports like badminton, there are endless options to keep kids engaged.

Water games like water balloon tosses or slip and slides are ideal for hot summer days. Obstacle courses, nature scavenger hunts, and sidewalk chalk games also encourage kids to be creative and get moving. Classic ball games like kickball or soccer allow for teamwork and friendly competition.

Any of these outdoor games will provide hours of enjoyment while promoting physical fitness. Kids will build strength, endurance, coordination and more - all while simply having fun. As the warmer months approach, be sure to try out a variety of the best outdoor games for an active kid summer.


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