When the sun is shining and you and your little ones have a whole day ahead of you, you might need some kids’ outdoor activities to keep everyone happy and entertained. If you’re looking for outdoor activities for kids to take part in, look no further – from tag to Twister, there are all kinds of fun and games you can try.
- Chasing games
When it comes to fun activities for kids, tag is a classic. You could stick with the traditional version, where one person is chasing until they tag someone. Otherwise, you could try a slightly different version. One option is pigs on the loose but you might also try “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?” The rules for “What’s the time, Mr Wolf” are simple, and all you need is a big open space with one vertical surface (like a wall or a tree). One player stands in front of the wall with their back to the others and is known as Mr. Wolf. The other children stand in a line and ask “What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?” in unison. Mr. Wolf will give a time and all children count to that time out loud while taking a step forward – for example, if the answer is “three o-clock” then the children will count to three and take three steps forward towards Mr. Wolf. Mr. Wolf will then turn around, and the other players must freeze.
If Mr. Wolf sees anyone move, that person is out. If another player is able to reach the wall without Mr. Wolf seeing them, they take over the role and the game starts again. At any time, Mr. Wolf might declare “it’s dinnertime” when asked for the time and chase the other children to try and catch them. Anyone who gets caught is out until the next round. If anyone gets to Mr. Wolf’s spot before uncaught then they are Mr. Wolf in the next game.
All kinds of sports can be fun outdoor activities for kids. You can go for traditional sports, like football, tennis, or basketball, or you could get creative and try putting together an assault course? For this, you simply need a few basic materials and an open space. Remember to check the area is clear of potential hazards before letting your children play. A rope can be laid across the floor as a makeshift “tightrope” for children to walk along and you can use different sized objects to make things for your children to jump over or climb under. Toy tunnels are great for kids to crawl through and plastic hoops are a good replacement for tyres that little ones can jump between.
- Board games, but bigger
If you’re looking for fun activities for kids that are as enjoyable in an open space as they are at a table, why not look for variations on board games that can be played outside? For the brainiacs, look for a game of giant chess. For the acrobats, why not try outdoor Twister?
You can even make your own outdoor games if you like. Instead of playing noughts and crosses on paper why not make a large version for outdoors? Paint noughts and crosses onto the back of paper plates and mark out a three-by-three grid on the floor using some rope. They get your kids to have fun by placing their nought or cross counter in a square and see who can get three-in-a-row the quickest!
- Treasure hunts
You can find great outdoor activities for kids by taking advantage of their natural curiosity. If you’ve got an enclosed space, like a garden, you could hide some small objects with clues for them to follow, with a prize for the first person to solve all their puzzles. If you’ve got more space, you could try a scavenger hunt – give them a list of ten things to find, and give prizes to the first people to find them. Remember to make your clues age appropriate and consider hiding a range of treasures – from healthy treats and snacks to little gifts such as books, crayons, or even fan board games.
- Go exploring
Nature walks can be really fun outdoor activities for kids. Take your youngsters to outdoor spaces near you to look for interesting leaves, flowers, bugs, or birds. Bring a camera and get plenty of photos as they learn about the world around them. You could even take paper and pencils or chalks with you, and encourage your kids to take rubbings from leaves and trees, or draw the animals they find. If you want to prolong the fun even more then why not take your favourite items home with you and use them to paint with?
You’d be amazed at the lovely patterns and images your children can make when painting with leaves, twigs, and other outdoor finds. Alternatively, you can get your kids to look for specific items while on their walk and award prizes for those who identify the most different types of leaves, or the highest number of different birds or animals. With these tips, getting outdoors with your kids will be fun for everyone.
Have a go at these fun outdoor activities for kids and don’t forget to try your own ideas too! And, if you end up with any outdoor stains like mud and grass then take a look at our cleaning tips to find out how OMO can help.