Great outdoor games for kids
Over at York Weekend, the sister site to Junior Dispatch, we wrote about some great games that kids can play outdoors. In that article, we promised to host a few videos on these classic games.
Before we get to them, here’s the rules for a few more games that you might find to be fun, as suggested by gameskidsplay.net.
- HUMAN KNOT -- All the kids gather in a tight circle and then randomly grab one another’s hands, criss-crossing them as often as possible. Now the kids must untangle the circle without letting go.
- STICKUP -- When players are touched by “It,” the player must “stick” his hand to the contact spot (Example: It tags Jenny on her shoulder, so Jenny must continue playing while always touching her shoulder). Upon the second tag, a players other hand is “stuck.” On the third tag, the player is immobilized. The last active player is the new “It.” (This game is a lot of fun when “It” is able to tag people on their legs, because it’s much harder to run!)
- STEALING STICKS -- Determine a boundary line halfway through the play area. Each team puts a pile of five sticks (or any object for that matter). The players must cross into opposing territory and try to steal the other teams’ sticks without getting tagged. If you have a stick in your hand and are tagged, the stick is dropped on that spot. Players who are tagged wait out of bounds on the opposing team’s side until the game is over or one of her teammates is able to tag their hand, thereby freeing them.
Try playing Sharks and Castaways. http://youtu.be/Fd9wbf2CkKE
Make a special “Red Light, Green Light” sign for your game. http://youtu.be/j6nrtXW_Obc
The rules of hide and go seek. http://youtu.be/p8mOn7FWtJQ
Take a look at the “World’s Fastest Game of Hide and Seek.” http://youtu.be/52duiUapITQ
This game is called “Skullies,” and you’ll need a few bottle caps and sidewalk chalk to play. http://youtu.be/OJtGIVI1Ta0
Here’s an “epic” game of tag. http://youtu.be/xczs7Wg3f68