Beyond Hide and Seek

I love outdoor games! Espically this time of year. The cool (but not yet cold) weather allows the kids lots of outdoor time and fun games! If you have a small army yourself or if your house is the neighborhood hangout, here are a few fun outdoor activities for kids:

Human Chain

Two people start the game. They hold hands and chase people, the person they catch joins the chain by linking hands. When another person is caught they can stay together or spilt 2 and 2 they must split in even numbers and can link together at will. This game is played till all are caught.


Honey, Do you Love me?

Players form a circle with one player in the middle (it). The middle person must approach players in the circle and ask, “Honey, do you love me?” The person being questioned must answer, “Honey, I love you but I just can’t smile.” If s/he does smile or laugh, s/he becomes “it” and the previous middle person joins the circle. The person who is “it” is not allowed to touch other players but may make as many funny faces as s/he wishes.


Wolf’s Dinner Time
One player becomes the wolf and he/she will stand with his/her back turned to the others about 15 feet from the others. The others call out, “Whats the time Mr. Wolf” and the wolf turns to face the others and shouts out a time. Eg: 9 o’clock. The others would then take 9 steps toward the wolf. The group will take the same amount of steps toward the wolf as the amount of hours in the wolfs time. eg, 4 o’clock = 4 steps, 6 o’clock = 6 steps etc. etc. The wolf will then turn his back to the group again for them to yell “whats the time….” (He looks at the group only when he shouts the time at the group”). When the group comes close to the wolf the next time the group yells “whats the time Mr. Wolf” the wolf will say ‘Its DINNER TIME” and run after the group who are running back to the start line, and hopefully catch one of the group who will then be the wolf. It sounds noisy, but is an interesting game.

Red Light, Green Light
In this game, one person plays the “stop light” and the rest try to touch him/her. At the start, all the children form a line about 15 feet away from the stop light. The stop light faces away from the line of kids and says “green light”. At this point the kids are allowed to move towards the stoplight. At any point, the stop light may say “red light!” and turn around. If any of the kids are caught moving after this has occurred, they are out. Play resumes when the stop light turns back around and says “green light”. The stop light wins if all the kids are out before anyone is able to touch him/her. Otherwise, the first player to touch the stop light wins the game and earns the right to be “stop light” for the next game.

The whole group hides their eyes and counts out loud together to 50, while one person goes and hides. Then everyone begins to look for the King. When you spot the KING, you don’t tell anyone, then when no one is looking, you slip in and hide with the King. Eventually everyone starts to disappear, and the one left notices he’s all alone, and rather embarrassed to be the last one left. The first one to find the King, gets to hide as the KING in the next round.

Clothes Pin Tag
Mark off a play area of at least 40ft by 40ft by putting rope on the ground. All players are to receive 5 clothes pins, pinned the back of their shirts. Have them all spread out around the edge of the rope before starting. The object is to try to capture clothes pins from someone else’s back without loosing yours. If you capture a clothes pin you are to go down on one knee while pinning it on your back. While you are on one knee, no one can take a clothes pin from you. If you go out of bounds you loose a clothes pin. There is no pushing and you can only touch clothes pins, no touching or pulling clothes or the body. Any violators will loose one clothes pin to victim. The person with the most clothes pins in the allowed time you choose wins. You can play teams and the team with the most is the winner also.


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