outdoor games 

All-Surface Swingball X-Base

Swingball will keep kids busy for hours. Credit: Toysrus.com Looking for a way to entertain the kids this summer that doesn't involve putting the DVD player on repeat, passing out video game controls or sticking them in front of the TV...Get the kids outside with this tetherball-like game

Banzai Rip Curl Curve Water Slide

Banzai! Credit: Toysrus.com
It's totally time to get out the sprinklers and turn your back yard into a water park.
But, for those yearning to go beyond the simple plastic kiddie pool or even the much-loved Slip 'n' Slide, comes the ...
Turn your yard into a water park with this fun slide.

How to Play: Flashlight Tag

Lighten up with a game of Flashlight Tag. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Of course, you will need a flashlight. This game is best played at night, either indoors or outdoors.
How to play: In this variation of Tag, the person de...
When light isn't a good thing!

How to Play: Football Toss Contest

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.

How to Play: Duck, Duck, Goose

Duck, duck, duck ... Goose! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: All you need for this game is a group of kids. It can be played indoors or outdoors.
How to play: A group of kids sit in a circle. One child is designated as "it" and ...
Tag the goose or else you'll be the goose instead.

How to Play: Capture the Flag

Run and get your flag before the other team! Credit: Getty Images What you need: Two equally-numbered teams, a large playing field divided into three sections (each team's home base and one neutral space) and a flag (also can be a T-sh...Get your flag first to win the game.

How to Play:Tag Till You Drop

Three tags and you're dead! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need at least four players and a large outdoor playing area.
How to play: One player is selected to be "it," or as "it" is referred to in this game, "Mr. Yuck." In ...
Don't get wounded by Mr. Yuck

How to Play: Maul Ball

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!

How to Play: Four Square

Even big kids love a good game of four square. Credit: Corbis
What you need: Four players, a square court divided into four equal quadrants and an 8 1/2-inch playground ball or a basketball.
How to play: Each quadrant in the square...
Make sure you hit the ball into their square so that your opponant gets out.

How to Play: Freeze Tag

Freeze right there! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A group of children. It can be played indoors or outdoors.
How to play: In this variation of Tag, when a person designated as "it" tags other players, they are "frozen" and mus...
Don't move or else you're out!

How to Play: Hide and Seek

Close your eyes and count to 10! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: All you need is a group of children. This game can be played indoors or outdoors.
How to play: One player is chosen to be "it," or the "seeker." The rest of the p...
Don't get found!

How to Play: Kick the Can

Kids scatter at the onset of a game of Kick the Can. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A group of at least three kids and a can. This game is best played outdoors.
How to play: One player is chosen to be "it," and the can is plac...
All you need is a group of children and a place to play outdoors.

How to Play: Mother May I?

Mother may I do this? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: All you need is a group of children.
How to play: One player is designated as the mother (boys can be the father). The mother/father stands at one end of the ...
You better ask nicely or you may be sent back to start!

How to Play: Jacks

Can you pick up the most jacks? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Two players, a set of jacks (metal six-tipped objects) and a small rubber ball.
How to play: Jacks are scattered loosely around the play area, and players take turn...
Are you fast enough to pick up the jacks before the ball bounces?

How to Play: Freedom

Don't get stuck in jail! Credit: Getty Images What you need: You need a large playing area, with a place for the "jail." How to play: Divide the children into two teams. One team will hide, while the other team searches for the ot...Hide and seek with a capture the flag twist!

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