I’m passionate about all kinds of play for kids and I’ve put together the ideas provided by you all in this post of 50 Backyard Game Ideas.
50 Backyard Game Ideas
- Climb trees
- Moodle ball: Use a pool noodle as a bat and a soft toy ball. This is easy to play for very young children.
- Outdoor chalk drawing: Draw pictures, roads and cities
- Obstacle course (material ideas here: Backyard Obstacle Course)
- Wash doll clothes in a small bucket and hang on the line
- Push cars around
- Ride a scooter/skateboard
- Bike ride / Roller-skate
- Make a streamer tree (see our streamer tree in this post: Make a School Holiday Kit)
- Totem tennis
- Hula Hoop
- 10 pin bowling with empty soft drink bottles and a tennis ball
- Jump on the trampoline
- Throw a tennis ball on a wall and catch
- Play ball catch (min 2 people)
- Hopscotch (use chalk to draw the squares)
- Make a mud kitchen
- Sponge throw art: Hang a large piece of butchers paper on the clothes line and throw a spounge with watered down food colouring
- Blow bubbles
- Backyard picnic
- Hide and Seek
- Paddle pool or sprinkler fun (as water restrictions allow)
- Play parachute with a sheet
- Treasure hunt
- Nature hunt: On a piece of paper, write items for kids to find. (For example, 1 feather, 3 leaves, 1 smooth stones, a curly stick)
- Balance: Buy a thin piece of wood from a hardware store and lay on the grass. Walk across and balance!
- Kick the ball around
- Piggy in the middle
- Water bomb fight
- Spray bottle fun: Fill a spray bottle with water and use in water fights, to ‘sparkle’ plants or put in food colouring and spray an old sheet or piece of paper.
- Duck, duck, goose.
- What’s the time Mr Wolf?
- Balloon volleyball
- Backyard basketball
- French cricket
- Backyard soccer
- Create an imaginative play scene. (For ideas visit this page on my blog: Imaginative Play Scenes)
- Dance to music on the grass (make a dancing ribbon ring too)
- Put a large box in the backyard, provide texters and create something
- Throw Frisbee
- Pretend to cook with bowls, cups and spoons. Add some boxes and set up a restaurant or a shop.
- Throw paper planes
- Steal the tail: Tuck pieces of material in the back of an adult’s belt. The children run after the adult to try and catch a tail.
- Build a makeshift cubbyhouse. Visit this post for more ideas: Thrift Shop Cubby
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My children and I had a lot of fun putting this video together. I think I had more fun editing it to the music.
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Greg BossJuly 4, 2012 at 2:48 am
Really great list, Kelly. What a day that would be to complete all those in one day! Nice job coming up with all those activities.