22 Fun Outdoor Games to Play All Summer Long (2022)

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Summer means spending as much time as possible outside. With longer, warmer days, the whole family can enjoy tons of outdoor activities like gardening or cooling off in an inflatable pool. If you're looking for more ways to have fun outside, we rounded up 25 of the best outdoor games for all ages. From frisbee to bocce ball, there are plenty of summer activities that are perfect for the backyard. Don't have a lot of outdoor space? We also included board games that you can play on a small patio or deck. Entertain your kids for hours with treasure hunts and colorful magnetic tiles. Since kids aren't the only ones who can have fun in the backyard this season, we also found games for teens and adults. Whether you're searching for classic games or creative DIY game ideas, the whole family will love playing any one of these outdoor games all summer long. And no matter how much fun you're having, remember to abide by your local social-distancing orders.



Yard Yahtzee

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These giant dice will make Yahtzee even more fun. The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling different combinations with five dice.


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The whole family can enjoy this classic game, which datesback centuries (literally—a version of it was played in the Roman Empire). Afterthe teams choose theirbocce ball color, the first player throws the pallino (the small ball) andtosses abocce ball as close to the pallino as possible. Then, a player from the opposing team tries to throw a bocce ball closer to the pallino. If successful, the ball will be considered "inside," and the other team has to throw their balls until one is inside. Once all the balls are thrown, the frame is over. Whichever team has the closest ball will be rewarded a point for each ball that's inside.


Home Team Baseball Game

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This tabletop baseball game is perfect to play with your friends and familyon your outdoor patio. Two teams of up to four players each play ball by rolling the dice and moving the batter game pieces accordingly. Keep score on the dry erase board that looks like a baseball stadiumscoreboard.


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Lawn Bowling

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Set up these bowling pins on your lawn, and your kids and teenscan take turns trying to knock down the pins. You can also DIY a lawn bowling game by filling soda bottles with sand, and,depending how heavy you make the bottles,using a beach ball or tennis ball.


DIY Lawn Matching Game

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Spray paint colorful summer images on square cork tiles to create this giant matching game.

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For adults 21 and over, this drinking game has a series of beer challenges, from dancing to rhyming. Players take turn rolling the dice and moving their bottle caps around the board to determine which activities they do.


Yard Games

Giant 4 Connect in a Row


Set up this life-size version of a classic game in your yard. Players take turns inserting giant colored pieces into the wooden frame.The goal of the game isin its name—the first player to connect four pieces (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) into a line wins.



Game of Phones

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Embrace your phone addiction by using it as a subject for a scavenger hunt with friends. In Game of Phones, players draw a prompt card to see who can use their phones the fastest to share the last photo you took or see who has the most alarms. The person with the most points wins.



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A fun game for all ages, toss a frisbee around in your yard or a grassy park. You can even play with your pup.

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Giant Word Game

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Race to complete a giant word grid before everyone else with this lawn word game. You can also use the wood letters toplay Scrabble.If you don't want to spring for the set, you can easily DIY this game with cardboard and markers.


AJJ Cornhole


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Another summer classic, cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns trying to toss bean bags into the hole of the opposite raised board.


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Giant Topple Tower

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Jumbo games are made for outdoor spaces. Like Jenga,players take turns pulling out pieces from the tower and placing them on top. The last player who successfully does this wins.



Tabletop Cornhole

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Don't have a ton of outdoor space? You can play this tabletopcornhole gameon your patio. Instead of throwing the small bean bags, catapult them across the board and aim for the goal.


Beer Pong Golf

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Another fun drinking game for adults, this game combinesbeer pong and golf. Using your own club, when you land a ball in the cup, you competitor has to take a drink.Ifyou don't want to use the boardas a drinking game, the whole family can putt to see who scores the most balls in the cups.


Flamingo Ring Toss

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This DIY backyard game is a fun twist on the classic ring toss game. The object of the game is the same: The players who toss the most rings around the targets (pink flamingos) wins.

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DIY Bean Bag Toss

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This DIY game is super easy to make. All you need is been bags and numbered saucers. Set the saucers as far apart as you want, (they don't even have to be in a straight line). The goal is to land the bags in the saucers and get the highest amount of points.

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Need a more challenging target than a pink flamingo? This DIY washer yard game is for adults skilled at ring toss.

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Obstacle Course

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Use toys and objects around your home to set up the ultimate obstacle course in you backyard. While your kids race to see who can complete the course the fastest, they'll have fun and get some exercise.

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Water Balloon Dodgeball

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This is the ideal game to play on super hot day. The goal is to try to hit your opponents with water-filled balloons. You won't even mind losing.

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Scavenger Hunt

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Go on an adventure with your little ones by playing this scavenger hunt. See how many of these things you can spot around your neighborhood.

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Frozen T-Shirt Game

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Cool off with this frozen t-shirt game. To play, soak your t-shirts in water and stick them in the freezer. The next day, give each player a frozen shirt. The first to defrost the shirt and put it on wins.



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What is the funnest game to play outside? ›

30 Classic Outdoor Games for Kids
  • Hide and Seek. Everyone has played this one. ...
  • Kick the Can. This game is a variation of tag and hide & seek. ...
  • Capture the Flag. This game is most fun when played with a large group. ...
  • Parachute. ...
  • Traffic Cop. ...
  • Four Square. ...
  • Hopscotch. ...
  • Jump-Rope and Double Dutch.
20 Aug 2009

What are games we can play in summer? ›

Which game can we play outside? ›

Get a skipping rope and choose a play place with a firm surface. Slippery areas are not ideal for this game. Jump the rope in groups of two or three while two players (preferably adults if children are too young) grip the rope's ends and move it circularly. Take turns jumping the rope and have a great time.

How do you play steal the bacon? ›

Physical Education Games - Steal The Bacon - YouTube

What is a fun game to Play with your friends? ›

#1 – Charades

Charades remain one of the best games to play with friends because it is challenging, fun and guaranteed to generate some laughs. To play charades, split the group into several teams of between 2 to 4 players per team. One player from one of the teams is chosen to start.

What can you Play outside with a ball? ›

8 Summer Games to Play with a Ball
  • Kick the Can. In this childhood classic, the goal is to kick an object (in this case, a ball) placed in the middle of a yard. ...
  • Ball Tag. ...
  • Dizzy Kickball. ...
  • 500. ...
  • Hot Potato Hide-and-Seek. ...
  • Bowling Pins. ...
  • Battleship. ...
  • Keep the Ball.
7 Jul 2012

What are good 15 year old games? ›

Active Games
  • Spud - This game only requires a ball, ideally a small one such as a tennis ball, and it should be played outdoors. ...
  • Dodge Ball - this is one of the games that teens seem to love the most. ...
  • Not in My Half! ...
  • Dunk it! ...
  • On Safari - give each person the name of a different animal e.g., lion, hyena, elephant.
5 Aug 2021

What can teens do at a picnic? ›

Childhood Updates
  • Giant Jenga. This is really easy to put together and transport! ...
  • Water Balloon Hot Potato. Thrill your family with a high-stakes version of hot potato. ...
  • Egg-and-Spoon Race. ...
  • Seed Spitting Contest. ...
  • Selfie Contest. ...
  • Capture the Flag. ...
  • Ladderball, Bocce Ball, Bean Bag Toss. ...
  • Ultimate Frisbee.

How do you play kick the can? ›

How to Play Kick the Can - YouTube

What are outdoor game give example? ›

outdoor games foreign : hockey, cricket, football, golf etc. for some outdoor games no material is required. majority of outdoor games are played in teams. For example - Kabaddi, Cricket.

What were the activities in an outdoor play? ›

Outdoor play for your toddler might include: throwing and chasing balls. wheeling, pushing or pulling different toys and objects. walking, running or jumping around trees, over stones or cracks in the footpath, into puddles or towards favourite objects.

How do you play crack the whip? ›

One player, chosen as the "head" of the whip, runs (or skates) around in random directions, with subsequent players holding on to the hand of the previous player. The entire "tail" of the whip moves in those directions but with much more force toward the end of the tail.

What do 15 year olds like to do? ›

Many 15-year-olds also have specific interests or hobbies that they enjoy. Whether they like video games, sports, music, robotics, or movies, they can identify activities that bring them pleasure. And while some teens are content to be alone, many prefer to spend time with friends.

What do high schoolers do for fun? ›

Going swimming, playing video games, having sleepovers, or crafting are just a few ideas of fun activities you can do with friends. Just make sure that your socializing doesn't get in the way of your academic work.

How do u play sharks and minnows? ›

The sharks stand in the middle of the play area and say, “Fishy, fishy, come out to play!” The minnows slowly walk toward the sharks. At any time, the shark can yell, “Shark Attack!” and the minnows must run to the opposite boundary line without being tagged. If a minnow is tagged, they become a shark.

How do you play the chocolate game? ›

  1. Place the chocolate on the plate with the knife and fork.
  2. Students sit in a circle on the floor surrounding the chocolate.
  3. The students each take turns rolling the die. ...
  4. The remaining students continue to take turns to roll the die until one of them rolls a '6'. ...
  5. The game ends when there is no chocolate left.

What is the game Grandma's footsteps? ›

One person is Grandma – he/she faces a wall. The others in the group start at the other end of the room, then try to creep up to Grandma and tap her on the shoulder. However, at any moment, Grandma can turn around suddenly. If she sees anyone moving, she points at them and that person must return to the start.

What games can you play with a large group? ›

Amazingly Fun Games For Large Groups
  • Tug Of War. Hey. ...
  • Capture The Flag. I don't know about you, but all my favorite P.E. memories involve playing capture the flag. ...
  • Blind Man's Bluff. This is a fun variation of tag where “it” wears a blindfold. ...
  • Sharks and Minnows. ...
  • Tag. ...
  • Freeze Tag. ...
  • Red Rover. ...
  • Red Light, Green Light.
22 Jun 2020

What can 14 year olds do in summer? ›

Things for Teens to Do Outside During Summer
  • Try out a new sport (frisbee golf, bocce ball, kanjam).
  • Make and fly a kite.
  • Play crazy golf.
  • Relax in a hammock.
  • Plant some vegetable seeds.
  • Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
  • Swim at your local public pool.
  • Camp out in the garden.
19 Jul 2019

How can I keep my 14 year old busy in the summer? ›

Perfect Summer Activities for Teenagers
  1. Help Around the House. During the school year, most teens are busy with homework and after-school activities. ...
  2. Find a Job. ...
  3. Volunteer. ...
  4. Get Active Outside. ...
  5. Get Creative. ...
  6. Learn Something New. ...
  7. Go camping. ...
  8. Have a picnic.
7 Jul 2022

What is the most popular summer activity? ›

40 percent overall indicated that going to the beach was a favorite. Other activities selected included exploring nature (36 percent); attending festivals (30 percent); going to the pool (28 percent); camping (20 percent); working out (16 percent); boating/water activities (16 percent); and playing sports (11 percent).

How do you Play hit the bat? ›

Hit the Bat

One person bats and everyone else scatters fielding distance away. The batter tosses the ball up and hits it. They then place the bat crosswise on the ground in front of them. The other players attempt to field the ball and whoever does can run toward the batter until the bat is placed on the ground.

What should I Play in my backyard? ›

Here's a list of backyard games for kids of all ages that will keep them entertained and build their motor skills and coordination.
  • Water Balloon Catch. We've all played catch before. ...
  • Kan Jam. ...
  • Nine Pin. ...
  • Ladder Ball. ...
  • H-O-R-S-E. ...
  • Capture the Flag. ...
  • Cornhole. ...
  • Freeze Tag.
30 Mar 2022

What am I who am I game? ›

The “Who Am I” game is a fun party game where players try to guess what famous person they've been assigned by asking yes or no questions. To play, gather a group of friends and decide on a category or theme. For example, you could do historical figures, celebrities, or movie characters.

Do it or drink questions? ›

PG-Questions for Truth or Drink
  • What's your most shallow reason for not going on a second date?
  • What's the worst date you've ever had?
  • What's your worst habit?
  • Name something illegal that you've done and regret.
  • Tell about the biggest ticket you've ever gotten.
  • How many people in the room would you be willing to kiss?
3 Aug 2020

Which game did children play in the picnic? ›

Playing hide-and-seek is the perfect game for a picnic in the park. It's fun and exciting, and everyone will have a great time! Decide who will be "IT" first. While "IT" covers his/her eyes, all the kids run and hide.

How do I get my teen to play outside? ›

Here are my tips for getting teenagers outside and loving nature.
  1. Encourage them to bring friends. ...
  2. Give them a couple of options and let them choose. ...
  3. Do something adventurous. ...
  4. Create or send them on a wilderness adventure. ...
  5. Support your teen to be a nature mentor to younger children. ...
  6. Survival Skills.
7 Jun 2021

How do you play traffic cop? ›

How to play the Traffic Cop game with kids:
  1. Choose one player to be the cop. ...
  2. The rest of the players ride their ride-ons, doing their best to avoid collisions and to follow traffic rules.
  3. The cop commands the other players when to stop at the intersection, and when it is safe to pass.

How do you play Dabba Spice? ›

Dabba Ice Spice: A version of Hide-n-seek very similar to “Kick the can.” The denner has to return the dabba to its location while finding the other players who are hiding. If a player gets to the dabba without getting caught, all other players are freed.

How do you play sardines? ›

Sardines is an active game that is played like hide and go seek — only in reverse! One person hides, and everyone else searches for the hidden person. Whenever a person finds the hidden person, they quietly join them in their hiding spot. Soon, the hidden group starts to look like a bunch of sardines!

How many outdoor games are there? ›

There are a variety of outdoor games that are played in India like Kho-Kho, kabaddi, cricket, volleyball, basketball and football. Above is the list of 10 outdoor games played in India.

What are indoor outdoor games? ›

Indoor Games are played within a closed environment and a number of them are played by sitting at one place. They include chess, card games, games played with gamesmen and dice, carom, etc. whereas, outdoor games are played on the ground or at least in open environment. Games such as kabaddi, kho-kho are outdoor games.

Why are outdoor games good? ›

Playing outside allows kids to develop more advanced motor skills than children who spend most of their time indoors, including agility, balance and coordination. Kids who spend time playing outdoors are more likely to move in ways that challenge their muscles, bones and physical endurance.

How do you make outside fun? ›

25 Ways to Have Fun Outdoors
  1. Climb a tree.
  2. Throw a frisbee.
  3. Spend time together on an evening family walk or ride.
  4. Fill a tub or a paddle pool for some water play.
  5. Paint a fence or a window.
  6. Head to a National Park for a bushwalk. What is this? ...
  7. Grab a magnifying glass and hunt for bugs!
  8. Swing your hips in a hula hoop.
17 Apr 2011

What is your favorite outdoor activity? ›

A: Running, jogging or trail-running is generally the most popular outdoor recreation activity. Other popular outdoor activities include: Biking. Camping.

What is crack the code? ›

crack the code, to. To solve a difficult problem or mystery. The term is derived from deciphering coded intelligence during wartime and became current during World War II, when cryptography, used by armies at least since Napoleon's day, reached new heights of sophistication.

What is the game pop the whip? ›

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Crack the whip (also known as Pop the Whip or Snap the Whip) is a simple outdoor children's game that involves physical coordination and is usually played in small groups, either on grass or ice, usually grass.

Is crack the whip? ›

Crack the whip means to push someone to work harder, to demand more work from someone or that someone work faster or longer. A boss who is known to crack the whip is unreasonable.

What sport can you play alone? ›

25 Sports You Can Play by Yourself
  • Swimming.
  • Dancing.
  • Golfing.
  • Bicycling/ mountain biking.
  • Kayaking.
  • Ice skating/roller blading.
  • Surfing.
  • Paddle boarding.

What should a 8 year old play? ›

Enjoy large-muscle activities like jump rope, bike riding, roller blading, ball games and hopscotch. Also enjoy fine motor activities like drawing, braiding, cutting, jigsaw puzzles, weaving, wood work and simple sewing. Make use of reading, writing and simple math in games and toys.

What can kids do by themselves? ›

16 Activities Kids Under 6 Can Do By Themselves (While You Sneak In Some Work)
  • Open-Ended Play. Rafael Ben-Ari/Photodisc/Getty Images. ...
  • Sensory Stuff. ...
  • Race Cars. ...
  • Fun With Pipe Cleaners. ...
  • Magna-Tiles, Legos, & Blocks. ...
  • Sorting & Counting. ...
  • Butcher Paper Coloring. ...
  • Paint With Water.
18 Mar 2020

What games do 12 year olds play? ›

10 Entertaining Indoor Games For 6 To 12-Year-Olds
  • 10 Ball & Cup Game.
  • 9 Pitching Pennies.
  • 8 Rummy.
  • 7 Hangman.
  • 6 Sardines.
  • 5 Twenty Questions.
  • 4 Charades.
  • 3 Slap Jack.
15 Mar 2022

What do kids play now? ›

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23 Jul 2019

What kind of games are popular in your country? ›

Answer: Cricket, field hockey and football are some of the most popular games in India. However, cricket is by far the most popular among them, followed by field hockey, simply because we are really good at paying both of these games.

What are games like red light green light? ›

Some games just like Red Light, Green Light, include:
  • Jurassic Park.
  • What's The Time Mr Wolf?
  • Mother May I?
  • Hot Chocolate.
  • Shadow Tag?
  • Floor Is Lava.
  • Asteroid.
  • Sharks Swimming.

What games did the people play in earlier days? ›

12 Games From The Childhood For You To Remember The Good Old Days
  • 1) Hide and Seek. It had different versions and probably every Indian child must have played this one. ...
  • 2) Lock and Key. Whatsapp Community. ...
  • 3) Pittu. ...
  • 4) Land and Water. ...
  • 5) Chain Sakli. ...
  • 6) Colour- Colour. ...
  • 7) Four Corners. ...
  • 8) Blind Spot.
8 Apr 2017

What is the least popular sport? ›

11 Least Popular Sports in the World
  1. 1 | Kabbadi. Kabbadi is the national sport of Bangladesh and, from what I can tell, it's a mix of rugby without a ball and red rover.
  2. 2 | Motocross/motorcycle racing. ...
  3. 3 | Fencing. ...
  4. 4 | Polo. ...
  5. 5 | Archery. ...
  6. 6 | Sailing. ...
  7. 7 | Canadian football. ...
  8. 8 | Weightlifting. ...
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