Campobello's Parks and surroundings
Gib Gosnell Park
117 Landford St
Funding by Mary Black Foundation
10 Fun Outdoor Games for Kids
Great ways for your kids have fun and
Big Foot Relay. Have the children bring two shoeboxes with them.
Tape the lids onto the boxes, then cut a one-inch-wide and
four-inch long slit in each top. Have the contestants slip their
feet into the slits in the boxes and race.
Batty Bowling. Find a number of silly or odd items that can be
knocked over by a ball, such as a plastic milk carton, a
candlestick, a stand-up doll, a plastic vase of flowers, a pizza
box, a tower of empty cans, an umbrella stand, an empty oatmeal
container, and a book. Line them up like bowling pins and let
the bowlers try to knock them over with volleyballs, tennis
balls, or golf balls.
Name-It Ball. Have players form a circle. Give one player a
rubber ball. That player selects a category, such as "candy
bars." He or she then bounces the ball to another player in the
circle, who must catch the ball, state an item from the
category, such as "Snickers," and keep the ball moving to the
next player. If the player can't name an item, holds the ball
too long, or repeats an item, he or she is out.
Frisbee Tower. Purchase a bunch of mini Frisbees and place them
in a pile in the middle of the yard. Have the guests divide the
Frisbees among themselves. The first player begins the activity
by placing one of his or her Frisbees on the ground. Each of the
following players places his or her Frisbee on top of the first
Frisbee, and the action continues until someone causes the
growing tower to topple.
Blind Walk. Create an obstacle path from one end of the yard to
the other. Line up the contestants and let them have a good look
at the path. One at a time, blindfold the children and have them
walk the path without looking. Note each player's time on the
Cross Step. Draw a ten-by-ten grid on the sidewalk or patio with
chalk. Have each player stand on a different square. One at a
time, each player must move to a new square after crossing out
the square she or he was formerly standing in. The trick is that
players cannot step into a square that is occupied or crossed
out. If a player cannot move to a new square, he or she is out.
The game continues until one player is left.
Pick Pocket Tag. Put a strip of cloth in each player's back
pocket. Have the players try to grab each other's strips without
having their own strip taken. The player with the most cloth
strips wins the game.
Kill the Cockroach. Divide the players into two teams. Line them
up, one in front of the other and set an odd object in front of
the first players in line. They must kick the object across the
yard and the across the finish line to win a point for their
team. Kick things like a pillow, empty can, a sock, and so on.
Drag the Body. Divide the group into two teams. Give each team a
blanket. Have one player from each team lie down on the blanket.
The teams must drag the body on the blanket from one end of the
yard to the other. Whoever crosses the finish line first, wins.
Blind Snakes. Set up a number of sprinklers in between a
starting line and a finish line. Have the kids try to run from
one end to the other without getting sprayed. Have one of the
kids control the faucet, turning it on and off at random. Award
ribbons to the kids who play the longest without getting wet.
More outdoor activities
Set aside some time for outdoor fun!
These outdoor activities for children provide great ways to have fun
as a family
I played Badminton for years before ever
knowing a single rule. My mother bought us the racquets and the
birdies (or “shuttlecocks”), and the net. We hooked up the net in
the backyard and played for hours. We were mostly just hitting the
birdie back and forth—so proud that we could actually get enough
power behind a swing to get the birdie back over the net. It wasn't
until I took lessons that I actually learned the rules of the game.
At least I knew how to hit the birdie at that point. That's half the
The racquets are
lightweight and have a small, round, netted surface that you use to
hit the birdie. The handle is long and thin and has a rubber, padded
grip. The birdie has a rubber tip and lightweight body. The weight
is in the rubber tip, which propels the birdie back and forth. The
body is usually made of serrated plastic designed to look like
feathers. The holes in the plastic allow air to pass through, which
slows the birdie down a bit, and make its movement slightly
unpredictable. You have to learn to use the racquet in just the
right way to make the birdie go where you want it to go.
This game requires two
or more players.
Draw a circle about one foot in diameter. Have each player scatter
an equal number of marbles inside the circle. The first player
stands outside the circle. Holding a marble with an outstretched arm
at eye level, he drops it into the circle. If his marble knocks any
marbles out of the circle, his marble plus the marbles he knocked
out belong to him. If he fails to knock any marbles out of the
circle, his marble stays with the other marbles inside the circle.
Players take turns trying to knock marbles out of the circle until
there are no marbles left in the circle.
At that point, the
player with the most marbles is the winner.
Croquet is a great game to have set up and
ready to go for a backyard barbecue. It's a slow game of patience
and precision and a great way to spend time chatting with your
friends as you work your ball through the course. Croquet may be an
ancestor of Billiards and Golf. The goal is to use a wooden mallet
to hit a ball through a hole. Sound familiar?
The game is fine for kids to play—as long as
they are big enough to hold the mallet; they are old enough to play.
You can buy a croquet set for under $100.
You can play the game with two to six players.
You can play in teams or as individuals (otherwise known as
“Cutthroat Croquet.”) Play usually takes about two hours.
To play the game, you will have to go to a
sporting goods store and buy a croquet set. The set will consist of
multicolored balls, long-handled mallets, about nine hoops (or
wickets), and two wooden pegs.
This game is a variation of "hide and
seek." It is best played outdoors. "Sardines" can be played with two
or more players.
One player is "it" and he or she goes off to hide while the other
players count to 100 by 2's or 5's. When the other players have
finished counting, they call out, "coming ready or not!" (or
something similar to warn the player who is hiding). Everyone goes
off to find "it," seeking separately. As each player finds "it," he
or she hides in the same space, until finally, all the players are
squeezed into the hiding place. The first player to find "it"
becomes "it" for the next game.
These rhymes can be used by
individual jumpers and by children jumping in groups.
Each rhyme asks a question that's
followed by a series of possible answers. The answer is determined
by the word on which the jumper trips. If the punching in this rhyme
bothers you, say, "My ma stepped on your ma's toes" instead.
My ma and your ma were hanging
My ma gave your ma a punch in the
Yes, no, maybe so, yes, no, maybe
For the next rhyme, the jumper names
something that starts with the letter on which he trips.
What will I find in the alphabet
In this last rhyme, the letter on
which the jumper trips predicts the name of the jumper's future
Strawberry shortcake, cream on
Tell me the name of my
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