No matter what time of year, kids can usually find something to do outside. If you are tired of the “I’m Bored!” complaints, suggest a few of these outdoor games for kids.
Fox & Hen
This game was something I played as a child which was taught to me by my mother. It’s the most simple game there is for young children, and nothing is needed aside from two children. Feel free to use variations of the game to make it more interesting for older children or let their imagination run wild.
First you will need a path. This game is typically played during the fall and winter months, where you can make paths in the leaves or snow. Paths should be clear accross the yard, full of dead ends and loops.
Next assign the players. One person will be the fox and the other the hen. If there’s other children playing, they will be hens as well.
Start off in different areas of the yard, and keep on the path. The object of the game is for the fox to catch the hen(s). This is similar to a game of tag, except all players must stay on the paths.
Some variations might include making a ‘start’ and a ‘finish’ for the hens, and seeing if they can make it there before they are caught by the fox.
Another variation would be with multiple hens, with the last hen not caught being the winner. You could also time the hens to see how long they last before getting caught.
Duck, Duck, Goose
Who didn’t play this game as a child? While you will need at least 4-5 kids to play this game, it can still be done in a small neighboorhood with other kids. If you need a reminder of how to play, this is how this game is done:
Start with one “goose” who stands outside the circle of sitting “ducks”. The “goose” walks around the circle touching each duck on the head and saying “duck”, until they get to the person they want to declair the new “goose”. Instead of duck, they say goose and run. If the goose can get to the “it” duck’s spot before the duck tags them, the “it” duck now becomes the goose. If the goose gets tagged, the “it” duck sits down and the goose trys again, possibly with another person.
There’s many variations of this game, and the list of outdoor games for kids wouldn’t be complete without it. It’s the basis for many types of games, some we’ve already listed. The following are variations and different ways to play “tag”.
Free Game Tag
The original, short time free-for-all game of tag. Everyone running and trying to touch the nearest person. No hidding, no head starts, just an open game of “Tag! You’re it!”
Instead of just trying to make another person “it” immediately, with freeze tag your goal is to get ALL of the people playing frozen. It may sound easy, although those unfrozen can touch frozen players to “unfreeze” them.
This version must be played at night, and with flashlights. Instead of being tagged by touch, you must be tagged by the light of a flashlight.
The best part about tag is the many different ways it can be played. You can play with or without a “home base”, or change the rules up any way you please. The best part really is making your own rules, and using this only as a guide for the type of tag you want to play.