It’s spring here. The weather was cool for a while, but now it’s heating up. Soon it will be above 90º every single day and my kids are going to need an incentive to get outside.
We will spend a lot of time at our local pool this summer, but what will we do on the days no one wants to hit the pool? Or what about when somebody poops in the pool – it happens every.single.year? Or on those days when they close the pool because they hear thunder and the storm is 40 miles away and goes around us?
I refuse to let my kids hang out inside on electronics all summer long! On the days that are cooler, I will take them hiking. On rainy days, we will find things to do inside (probably LEGOs). But getting them outside in the sunshine and heat on the other in-between days will be a bit of a challenge. I’m sure they will claim boredom with their bikes and rollerblades and toys.
That’s why I thought of the idea to find a bunch of outdoor games they can play.
Each of these links will take you to the article which lists the game, supplies needed to create it, as well as a basic rundown of the game rules. Have enough supplies for the neighbor kids – because these games are just too cool! In fact, this is the coolest list ever. I wanted to put Very Cool! after every single one! I finally gave up. Just read them all – you are sure to find several games and fun things you would love to do for your kids.
29 Camp Games with printable directions for all! from Ultimate Camp Resource. This website lists a massive number games, dividing them up into categories such as “high activity” or “large group.” Many of these outdoor games for kids do not require additional supplies, just the children and an area to play.
Make Your Own KOOB Game from Let’s Get Together
Shaving Cream Games from Aluminum Foiled
Outdoor Scrabble from Constantly LoveStruck
Hit the Can Party Game with Printables from Paging Super Mom
Bobbing for Donuts from The Chic Site
Water Balloon Pinatas from Scrap Happy Heather
Ultimate Bubble Ideas — so cool! From One Charming Party
Gnome Lawn Bowling Game (love this, and you could do something besides gnomes) from MakeZine
The Mud Run (my kids will love this one!) from Ashley Ann Photography
Sponge Water Bombs from The Chic Site
Giant Lawn Matching Game from Studio DIY
Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids from The Taylor House
Water Balloon Fun from Love, Play and Learn
Angry Birds Yard Game from Bargain Mom
Catch the Comet game from Crayola
Golfball – The best summer game ever! (played with foam bats and tennis balls) From Appell Farm Arts Camp
Water Gun Fun from The Taylow House
Make Your Own Shuttle and Launcher (very cool!) from Ashley Ann Photography
Hoola Hoop Relay Race from Tip Junkie
Washers Game (Urban Horse Shoes) from Ecab Online
Nerf Games from Hello My Sweet
Turn Your Deck into a Board Game from Design N Dazzle
Make Your Own Rainbow Bubble Snakes from Housing a Forest
Make a Giant Outdoor Kerplunk Game from Design N Dazzle
Clothespin Tag (the site is messed up, but scroll down) from Fakin It
Paper Airplane Target (so easy!) from Repeat Crafter Me
Sponge Darts from The Seasoned Mom
Scarecrow Tag from Childhood 101
Bubble Refill Container from La Las Home Daycare