Outdoor Games

Most children love to play outdoors, but sometimes they need a helping hand with ideas to get them started. Enjoy our collection of tried and tested games below.

Beach Games And Activities

Beach Games And Activities

Although all children seem to love being on the beach, sometimes you need to have some ideas for keeping them entertained above and beyond swimming and building sandcastles.

Cat Catching Mice

Cat Catching Mice

This traditional Chinese chase game can cause much screeching and excitement! Play outdoors - or indoors, if you have a large room. It is also known simply as "Cat and Mouse".

Freeze

Freeze

A well known playground game, Freeze is deservedly popular with children of all ages.

Hopping Chicken

Hopping Chicken

This traditional Chinese game can be played with two players or in two teams, indoors or out. It is similar to Hopscotch.

Hunter And Guard

Hunter And Guard

Also known as "Hunter and Watchman", this is a perfect game for whiling away a summer afternoon with a group of friends in the park!

Knocking The Stick

Knocking The Stick

This is a traditional Chinese game, played outdoors by boys of all ages and needing nothing more than a few sticks and some dirt or reasonably flat ground.

Marking A Trail - Sticks

Marking A Trail With Sticks

It's always useful to know how to leave a trail with objects you might find outdoors, and here's a clever way to do it using sticks you have collected, just like in an Enid Blyton story!

Red Light Green Light

Red Light Green Light

Red Light Green Light is an outdoor game suitable for children of all ages. You will need quite a bit of space!

Red Rover

Red Rover

Red Rover was a common outdoor game for kids during my childhood, and it probably dates back a very long way before that!

Shuttlecock Games

Shuttlecock Games

The shuttlecock - a flying object made out of feathers, known to most of us through badminton, has been used traditionally in kicking games of skill in China.

Striking The Stick

Striking The Stick

This traditional Chinese outdoor game requires a certain amount of skill, practise and ingenuity, as well as some flat ground.

The Splash Game

The Splash Game

Not for the faint-hearted, this game is best played out of doors when clothes don't really matter!