Swing it! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a tire, a rope, four or more footballs, and a place to hang the tire (tree, jungle gym or monkey bars).How to play: Hang the tire at a level that all players can p...Throw the ball through the tire to win this game.
Goal! Credit: Getty Images What you need: You need a large ball (basketball, football or soccer ball), an adult to serve as referee and a large outdoor playing field. How to play: Designate a goal about 30 to 50 yards away from th...A game where sharing is not a good idea!
Hit and run! Credit: CorbisWhat you need: You need a standard red kickball, an outside wall, and at least seven players. How to play: One player is chosen to be the hitter, and the other players are runners. The hitter stands with the ball ...Dodge, duck, dip, and dive until all of the players are gone!
Cats get the corners! Credit: Michael Nagle, Getty ImagesWhat you need: You need two or three standard red kickballs and a large, rectangular area outdoors. How to play: Choose two or three players to be "it." All other players are "cats." ...It's the cheetah vs the cougar, may the best feline win!
Do the opposite to win the game. Credit: Getty Images What you need: You need a standard red kickball and an outside wall. How to play: All players line up against an outside wall. One player is chosen to be the thrower. This player gets th...It's opposite day! Well, at least it is when you're playing this game.
Three strikes you're out! Credit: CorbisWhat you need: You need a bat, a tennis ball, an outside wall, and chalk. How to play: This game can be played with two teams of one or more players. Each team has a pitcher and fielders, if you have ...Teach your kids the basics of baseball with this bouncier version. You'll appreciate the tennis ball substitute when their bad aim sends the ball in your direction.
Sour pickle! Credit: Chiot's Run, FlickrWhat you need: You need two bases, a softball, and two softball gloves. How to play: Set up the bases 20 feet apart from each other. You can use rugs, mats, or chairs for the bases. Pick two of the pl...Get the kids off the couch and into the backyard for a rousing game of pickle!
Dodge the ball, but catch it to win! Credit: Getty ImagesWhat you need: You need a dodge ball and a group of four to 10 kids. How to play: Designate one player to be "it." He will have the ball. The other players must avoid getting hit by t...Dodge the ball, but catch it to win!
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