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How to Play: Ball Relay Flamingo Style

Can a flamingo catch a ball? Credit: Daniel Sorabji, AFP/Getty Images
What you need: You need a ball (football, kickball, volleyball) for each team. How to play: Divide the children into teams of eight to 11 players. Give each team a ball, a...
This game will teach your kids how to throw and balance killing two birds (or..flamingos) with one stone.

How to Play: Hula Hoop Toss

Hula toss! Credit: Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images
What you need: You need three hula hoops and small foam balls or bean bags for tossing. How to play: Set up the course by laying the three hula hoops on the ground in the shape of a triangle....
For the kids who can't keep a hula hoop spinning, here's another option to play with the hoop!

How to Play: Colored Eggs

Put all your colored eggs in the same basket! Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a tree or a shed to be a base. How to play: One player is chosen to be the wolf. The rest of the players line up next to each other with the wolf facing them....
Your kids will be entertained for hours as the big bad wolf chases them to safety.

How to Play: Home Base

Stand behind your line! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a large group of kids (up to 30) and a large playing field.
How to play: Divide the kids up into two teams. Establish a line at each end of the playing field for each t...
Your kids will love this game that literally makes them "read between the lines." Or... run between them at least.

How to Play: Three Strikes You're Out

Three strikes you're out! Credit: Corbis
What 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.

How to Play: Head Catch

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.

How to Play: Mother Goose

Catch the geese if you can! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need something to serve as the fox's den, like a tree or a tool shed.
How to play: One player is chosen to be the fox, and another player is chosen to be Mother Goose. The re...
Watch your kids chase each other around in a classic goose vs fox rivalry.

How to Play: Nerf Gun Tag

The Nerf's not for the weak-hearted! Credit: jgarber, Flickr
What you need: You need at least four players and a Nerf gun. How to play: Choose one player to be "it" and give him the Nerf gun. The rest of the players go to home base (a porch,...
Sit back and relax as you watch your kids dodge nerf "bullets." (Don't feel bad for laughing when they get hit, too).

How to Play: Windows and Doors

Go in and out the windows, as we have done before. Credit: Corbis
What you need: All you need is a group of children. How to play: The children will form a circle, holding hands. One player is chosen to go first to try to get through the "wi...
So your kids might not know who Red Rover is, but this version of the classic game will surely win them over.

How to Play: Buck Buck

Break the horse and win the game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a tree, a pole, or some other sturdy object someone can hold onto. How to play: Divide the children into two teams. One team lines up as such: The first kid bends...
This game is all about horse play!

How to Play: Amoeba Tag

Be the "it" and make an amoeba! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: All you need is a group of children and a large outdoor playing area. How to play: Choose two players to be "it." In this version of tag, the "its" must hold hands at all ti...
In this version of tag, the "its" must hold hands at all times while they are chasing other players and trying to tag them!

How to Play: Pickle

Sour pickle! Credit: Chiot's Run, Flickr
What 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!

How to Play: Chinese Jump Rope

Get yourself in a twist! Credit: Steve Wilhelm, Flickr
What you need: You need an elastic jump rope. How to play: Choose two children to stand facing each other with the jump rope tied around their ankles. They should place their feet should...
First, choose two children to stand facing each other with the jump rope tied around their ankles. They should place their feet shoulder-width apart to keep the rope taut.

How to Play: Spy

Seek, and you shall find! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a large outdoor playing area and at least 10 players. How to play: Divide the kids up into two equally-numbered teams. One team will be the hiders, and the other team wil...
A nifty variation on hide-and-seek.

How to Play: 500

Catch that ball and gather points. Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a ball (any kind of ball). How to play: Designate one person to be the thrower. The rest of the players gather within throwing distance from the thrower. The rules:...

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