Needing to keep those kids entertained over the weekends, bank holidays and summer holidays? Find some classic outdoor games here where kids of all ages can get involved and keep active during the summer months!
1) Hide and Seek
Pick someone to be the seeker, get them to count 100, and the rest of the group have to hide! Last to be caught wins and the first person caught is ‘It’ next!
Top Tip: Use your Selwood Climbing Frame, a bush or a tree as a great hiding spot!
2) Piggy in the Middle
Three players stand in a row. The end players face each other and the middle player faces the end player that holds ball. The player with the ball throws the ball over the middle player’s head while the middle player attempts to catch the ball. If the middle player catches the ball they take the end that the ball was thrown from and becomes the thrower.
Taller siblings love Piggy in the Middle because it could go on for hours over their poor, shorter siblings’ heads.
3) Red Rover
This outdoor game is played between two lines of players, and starts when the first team calls a player out, using a line like “Red rover, red rover, send [name of player on opposite team] right over.” or similar.
The immediate goal for the person called is to run to the other line and break the team’s chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the person called fails to break the chain, this player joins that team. However, if the player successfully breaks the chain, this player may select either of the two “links” broken by the successful run, and take them to join their team. The other team then calls out “Red rover” for a player on the opposite team, and play continues.
When only one player is left on a team, they also must try and break through a link. If they do not succeed, the opposing team wins. Otherwise, they are able to get a player back for their team.
4) Hot Potato
Hot potato is a game that involves players gathering in a circle and tossing a small object such as a beanbag or tennis ball to each other while music plays. The player who is holding the “hot potato” when the music stops is out. Play continues until only one player is left. The game is designed to be fast-paced and high-pressure and is often played by children. The game can also be played without music where there is a designated leader who shouts out “hot!” and the player holding the object is eliminated.