Kids’ garden games can be a lot of fun, but it can also be hard to find the perfect garden game for your child. In this blog post, we will go over some of the top garden games for kids.
You might not think that there are many garden games for kids out there, but if you know where to look they are easy to find.
Before you proceed, watch these happy kids war-tugging outdoors.
1. Tug of war
This is a fun game for the whole family. You can either use a garden hose or a rope to play.
If you are using a garden hose, the players will need to stand on opposite sides of the hose. Once someone says “go”, the players will start tugging on the hose until one team pulls it over to their side.
If you are using a rope, the players will need to stand in two lines, facing each other. The rope will be tied around the waist of the players in the front line. Once someone says “go”, the players in the backline will start pulling on the rope until one team pulls it over to their side.
Tug of war is a great garden game because it is a lot of fun and it is also a good workout for young children.
2. Balloon toss
This is another great game for the whole family. You will need some balloons for this game.
The players stand in a line, facing each other. The first person will throw a balloon to the person on the left, and when he/she catches it they will throw a balloon to the person on their right.
If you want to make this garden game more challenging, have each player stand in one place instead of standing in line. To play this way, the first person will throw a balloon to his or her neighbour while moving back a step.
If the person catches it, he or she will move back another step and continue throwing balloons to his/her neighbour until someone misses a catch.
Balloon toss is a great garden game for young children because they can easily learn how to play since there are only one or two basic rules (depending on which way you choose to play).
This garden game is also great because it both challenges and exercises the children.
Balloon toss can be played by kids of any age, though you may want to avoid playing with small children who are still in diapers or have a hard time catching things.
If your child has trouble catching balloons, have them wear gloves so they will catch better.
3. Chinese jump rope
Chinese jump rope is another garden game that can be played by the whole family. You will need two jump ropes for this garden game, or you could just use one and alternate which player holds it each time they are ready to skip.
You should decide before starting who will go first (usually whoever wants to). Then start jumping. The person holding the jump rope will start by skipping without it, and when they are ready to skip with it they pass it behind their back.
This garden game is a little tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, you can play for hours. Be careful though; this garden game gets pretty competitive so things may get out of hand if you are not careful.
Chinese jump rope is a great garden game to help improve your child’s hand-eye coordination. It is also a good exercise for children.
This garden game can be played by kids of any age, but you may want to start with younger children and work your way up as they get older.
If there is more than one garden game in your garden, you may want to play these garden games inside or on a hard surface instead of outside.
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Hopscotch is ideal for smaller gardens as it does not require much space to play in.
To start, draw a hopscotch grid on the ground with chalk or use any other material you want. Then players take turns hopping through the squares, trying not to miss a square and ending their turn on the “home” square.
The garden game can be made more challenging by adding obstacles, such as stones or bricks. This garden game is perfect for improving children’s balance and coordination.
5. Scavenger hunt
Create a scavenger hunt game, it is a great garden game for kids that involves healthy competition. You can decide how long you want to play and who will go first (usually whoever wants to). Then start looking. The objective of this garden game is simply to find as many items on your list as possible, but each item must be collected only once.
The list can be anything you want but should include a variety of items that can be found in your garden (or yard). You could also make it more challenging by including things that are hidden or camouflaged.
6. Football toss
This game requires the children to love football and can be played by kids and adults. All you need is a football and some space to play in (yard, garden etc).
To start, one player stands at one end of the playing area with the ball, and the other players stand at the other end of the course.
On the count of three, all players run to the middle and try to get as close as possible to the person with the ball.
That player then throws or kicks it toward another player who catches it before running back towards their starting point.
The garden game continues until there is a clear winner (or until you are tired). This garden game is a great way to improve children’s hand-eye coordination and also helps with their fitness levels.
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7. Hide and seek
This is one game that appeals to the imagination of kids. It is also an old garden game that can be great fun.
Hide and seek works best if you have a garden with plenty of places to hide (bushes, trees etc). It’s always more challenging for the person “it” who has to figure out where all the players are hiding.
Hide and seek can be played by any number of players, and is a great way to get some exercise while having fun.
Limbo is a lot of fun for players of all ages. You will need some space to play in (yard, garden etc) and a pole or stick that is about waist height.
To start, the players line up behind the pole/stick. One player then goes under the pole/stick and tries to go as low as possible. The next player then goes under the pole/stick and tries to go lower than the first player. This garden game continues until there is a clear winner.
The objective of this garden game is to see how low each player can go without touching the ground with any part of their body (except their feet).
The garden game of tags is a variation of the classic kids’ garden game. Players can play it with or without teams, but it works best if two equal sized groups are competing against each other, so friends can be invited.
To start, one person from each team starts as “it.” The objective of the garden game then becomes to tag members of the other team.
If you are tagged, you then become “it” for the other team. The garden game continues until there is a clear winner. This garden game is great for improving children’s agility and speed.
10. Mr Wolf
This is one of the old school outdoor games for all the family to have great fun. One person is chosen to be Mr Wolf, the rest of the players are lambs.
Mr Wolf stands at one end of a playing area (yard, garden etc), and the lambs stand at the other end. The aim of the game for the lambs is to run from one end of the yard to the other without being caught by Mr Wolf. When a lamb is caught, he/she becomes part of the wolf pack and tries to catch some more lambs.
You can decide how many rounds you want to play before choosing another person as the new “Mr Wolf.” This garden game is played best when it’s dark outside so that players are less likely to be seen.
This garden game is a lot of fun and challenges players to outsmart each other, which is great for children’s development.
Mr Wolf can be played by kids of all ages but will probably appeal most to older children who are keen on playing games that challenge their brains as well as their bodies. If you have younger children you may want to avoid this garden game and pick something a little easier for them.
11. Marco Polo
In a Marco Polo game, players split into two teams and one player from each team becomes their “leader.”
The objective of this game then becomes to try and find out where your opponent’s leader is hiding, without letting them know where you are. This garden game works best if it is played in a garden that has plenty of places to hide (bushes, trees etc).
Marco Polo relies on stealth, cunning and skill. It improves players’ agility as they try to sneak up on their opponents without being spotted.
12. Ring toss
Ring toss requires only some small bean bags and a garden stake or stick, which can be found at most garden stores.
Players take it in turns to toss a bean bag at the garden stake/stick. The player who gets their bean bag closest to the garden stake/stick wins that round.
This garden game is perfect for improving players’ hand-eye coordination and accuracy. It can be played by any number of players, so it’s great for large groups.
13. Sack races
Sack races require some sacks (such as old pillowcases, a pole or stick and lots of space to run around in.
Players line up at the starting point with their sack on their back. At the signal from your leader, everyone starts racing towards the end of the garden.
The first player to reach the end of the garden with their sack still on their back wins that round.
The objective of this garden game is to see how many rounds each player can win. Sack races are perfect for improving children’s speed and agility.
In a garden game of bowling, kids split into two teams and line up their garden toys (such as empty tin cans or plastic bottles) at one end of the garden.
The first player from each team takes it in turns to roll their ball towards the garden toy they are trying to knock over with their ball. The person whose garden toy is knocked over then has to go and replace it, and the next player from their team then takes a turn.
This garden game is perfect for improving children’s hand-eye coordination and accuracy. It can be played by any number of players, so it’s great for large groups. You can introduce these fun garden ideas to increase your children’s interest.
Is outdoor play good for children?
Outdoor play is essential for children’s physical and emotional development. The kids are able to explore their natural surroundings, which helps them learn about the world around them.
Playing outdoors also allows children to socialize with other children, and develop relationships with adults. Outdoor play is a great way for kids to get exercise, which is important for their physical health.
What children can play in the garden?
Children of all ages can play garden games. However, garden games may be harder for younger children to play because they need more space and garden toys than older kids. Adults also have to adjust the rules to accommodate younger children.
Garden games are a great way for children to have fun outdoors, while also improving their motor skills and socializing. It is important that garden games are adjusted to accommodate the abilities of different children so that everyone has a chance to enjoy themselves. Garden games are perfect for large groups, and
outdoor play is a fun and stimulating way for children to spend their time, which is important for their overall well-being. Make sure to engage the kids with these fun games too