indoor and outdoor games
Toss the garbage! Credit: Alexander Joe, AFP/Getty Images
What you need: You will need a long rope (about 30 feet), two pairs of swimming fins, 10 balls, and two trashcans.How to play: Divide the children into t...Throw your balls in the trash can but don't get tied up!
No points for knocking the pins down! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need five bowling pins, four batons to pass, and a flat surface play area like a gym floor or paved lot.How to play: Divide the children into four teams,...For this game, you need five bowling pins, four batons to pass, and a flat surface play area like a gym floor or paved lot.
Line of spaghetti! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need an outdoor area, cooked spaghetti, and containers.How to play: Establish a starting line and a finish line in a large outdoor area. Divide the children into equally nu...Make a straight line with your cooked spaghetti to the finish line.
Pass the obstacle course without seeing, hearing or talking! Credit: navets, Flickr What you need: You need scarves or rope, blindfolds, ipods, and an obstacle course. How to play: Set up an obstacle course by laying out ropes to...The first team to make it back to the starting line is the winning team.
Pair 'em up! Credit: AFP/Getty Images
What you need: You need scarves or rope.How to play: Divide children into pairs. Take a scarf or rope and tie together the inside ankles of each pair as they stand hip to hip. Establish a start...Can you run fast tied to two other people?
Fresh-squeezed fun! Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a lemon and a pencil for each team. You will also need to set up some sort of rolling course on a long table for each team.How to play: Divide the children int...Push your lemon to the end of the table and back.
Step on the pad to get to the winning line. Credit: Corbis
What you need: You will need green construction paper.How to play: Using the green construction paper, cut out two five-inch lily pads for each team. Divide the kids up int...Don't step on the ground or you will have to start over.
Retrieve that kiss! Credit: Jean-Blaise Hall, Getty Images What you need: You will need chocolate kisses, plastic bowls, applesauce or pudding, and old shirts or trash bags to use as bibs. This game should be played outdoors or in a ki...Play this game with your kids and you won't have to cook dinner!
Put on the gloves and grab the crackers! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a pair of garden gloves and a box of saltines for each team.How to play: Divide the children into equa...For this game, you need a pair of garden gloves and a box of saltines for each team.
Pop those balloons and you're out! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need balloons.How to play: Divide the children into two teams. On each team, you need a player to be the "middle man." They will stand across the room or fi...All you need for this game are balloons!