Playing Outdoors

outdoor games

Not that my gaggle of children have run out of things to do, but I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favourite outdoor games. The ones that are great to have in your back pocket when the garden is invaded with, not just your own children, but their friends too. Have you ever noticed that children are like magnets? They seem to attract more children.

blindman trail continue

First up is “Blindfold trail”. Take a long, long length of garden twine and lay a trail for them to follow. Wind it around the natural obstacles in the garden. The children use their hands to follow the string, wherever it takes them. Wearing a blindfold. Almost forgot to say that.

blindman trail low

We find it handy to have at least one person to make sure that the blindfolded person does not fall over on uneven surfaces, or poke their eyes out on tree branches. Bit of a game spoiler otherwise.

blindman trail end

They loved following the trail I set them round the garden today. It doesn’t take long before they’re not sure where they are in the garden. Lots of smiles and giggles. Even some team work spontaneously occurring.

predator and prey

Next up is the “Predator and Prey” game. This is one I picked up from 5OrangePotatoes, a few years back. We’ve changed it slightly, but the idea is that one person is the predator and everyone else is prey. The predator stands in the middle of an open area, with his hands hiding his eyes. The prey move around. Not necessarily on all fours. Suddenly the predator will dramatically drop his hands and look. If he sees any of the prey move, then they lose a life.

predator and prey shout

The prey can hide behind a tree and be out of sight, or out in the open in plain view, but very still. The first prey to lose three lives becomes the predator. Good excuse to discuss the difference between predators and whether they hunt by sight or sound. Not forgetting smell. Also the camouflage techniques of those at the bottom of the food chain.

sky walking

Finally, Sky walking. Take a mirror out into the garden. We have an old one that was designed to be tied to a baby’s cot. Hold it so that you can see the sky reflected and look at it while you walk. Being careful to avoid any real obstacles. A strange feeling. Sometimes a bird’s nests or two are discovered.

mining bee

(Mining bees are very busy in our garden at the moment. I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos. This one stayed until I had the perfect shot. Thank you, little bee.)

I asked the children to list a few of their other favourite garden games. In no particular order, here are the ones that sprang to mind:

1. Cricket
2. Den making
3. Hide and seek
4. Obstacle course
5. Piggy in the middle
6. Shadow tag. (Stepping on someone else’s shadow to catch them in a game of it or stuck in the mud)
7. Chalk drawing
8. Mini Olympics
9. Treasure hunt with clues left around the garden
10. Scavenger hunts

fossil in garden

(Finding fossils in the garden.)

I’ve found that any of these games, for a short while, will suit all the children. Any longer, and the age differences becomes too obvious. Lots of laughter and giggles. Followed by three tired children by bedtime. Happy days!

Joining in with all the other #CountryKids:
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

14 thoughts on “Playing Outdoors

    • Tuesday 15 April, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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      They do love running around with no shoes on! πŸ˜€

  • Saturday 12 April, 2014 at 1:19 am
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    Thanks for sharing this great list of fun outdoor games. A couple of years ago we made a brain-based obstacle course and had the kids follow a string blindfolded to show how the occipital lobe controls vision. The kids loved it. I am pinning this post so I can use these games in future playdates.

    • Tuesday 15 April, 2014 at 2:51 pm
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      Like the tie up to science. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing too.

  • Saturday 12 April, 2014 at 3:39 am
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    That’s a great list πŸ™‚ We did our fit scavenger hunt last week! I’m really looking forward to the summer and being able to play more of these games x #CountryKids

    • Tuesday 15 April, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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      Hope you your children enjoyed the scavenger hunt. πŸ˜€

  • Saturday 12 April, 2014 at 10:38 am
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    A great list of games and I particularly like the blindfold trail and predator and prey! This is a handy list to have to hand when you hear those infamous words ‘ I’m bored ‘ (fortunately I don’t hear them that often). Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Tuesday 15 April, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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      So handy to have some games with no equipment. Can be played anytime and anywhere.

  • Saturday 12 April, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    Great games, lots of fun!

    • Tuesday 15 April, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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      Lovely to be out in the fresh air too!

  • Saturday 12 April, 2014 at 9:01 pm
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    I didn’t know some of these games before and great suggestions that will suit a mixture of ages.

    • Tuesday 15 April, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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      Getting a game that works for all ages can be tricky. πŸ™‚

    • Tuesday 15 April, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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      Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

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