School’s out, summer camp hasn’t started, and the kids are bored at home. If you haven’t been able to find a solution to their boredom, these outdoor games for kids are the answer. These fun outside games for kids don’t require you to drive to the nearest park, get a bunch of their friends together, or spend a ton of money. You simply set up a scavenger hunt or an obstacle course in the backyard, and you’re good to go. Not only that, but these outdoor games for kids will keep them entertained during birthday parties and family barbecues.
Cornhole isn't just a game you play during a tailgate. Get your kids together for a friendly competition while you get the grill going. The loser gets to help you set the table.
What you'll need: Cornhole Game ($40, .com)
Get your kids to draw squares with chalk on the sidewalk to play hopscotch. Or set up hopscotch rings in the backyard so they can hop barefoot.
What you'll need: Hopscotch Rings ($17, .com)
Test your kids' flexibility with a game of limbo. You can use a broom stick to challenge each person, while your partner (or grandma) helps you hold it.
Blast "Baby Shark" as they all scramble to find a chair. Make sure to have a consolation prize for each kid that gets left out of the game.
For the kids who love a bit of a challenge, set up an obstacle course in the backyard and see how fast they can go through it.
What you'll need: Plastic Cone Set ($23, .com)
Scavenger hunts are a fun way to test your kids' problem solving abilities, while they compete to get a prize.
What you'll need: Scavenger Hunt Box ($15, .com)
If your kids love sports or want to try new ones, let them play together in the backyard. You can set up a goalie post with an old tent or get a portable basketball hoop.
What you'll need: Portable Basketball Hoop ($75, .com)
The good thing about tag is that you don't really need too many people or any type of equipment to play it. Siblings can simply chase each other around the backyard until they tire out.
Get the neighborhood kids together to play tug of war. You can have as many or as few kids playing.
What you'll need: Tug of War Rope ($13, .com)
On an extra warm day, have the kids change into their bathing suits and chase each other with water guns. Not only are they going to have fun and cool off, but they can help water the backyard.
What you'll need: Water Guns ($19, .com)
For older kids, capture the flag is the perfect strategy game to play. After dividing into two teams, one team tries to steal the other's flag from their home base before returning back to theirs.
What you'll need: Hand flag ($3, .com)
You can play hide and seek with as few as three kids and as many as a dozen. Be sure to set a perimeter of where they can hide so the game isn't too difficult.
Put their basketball skills to the test by playing horse. Each player has to imitate the other's basketball shot and if they miss, they're given a letter. The first one to complete the word "horse," loses.
What you'll need: Basketball ($30, .com)
Kick the can is similar to hide and seek in that one person gets to seek and the others get to hide. However, once a person is discovered, they need to rush to kick the can before being caught.
Kickball is the perfect game to play with the neighborhood kids. With just a ball, they can either play out in the street (being careful of incoming cars) or get together in someone's backyard. You only need a handful of kids or have the whole family get together to play.
What you'll need: Kickball ($12, .com)