We all know the old ones are the best, so check out our top retro outdoor games and get your kids in the garden this summer
What was your favourite game to play as a child? As years pass, kids are allowed to play outside less and less but this summer we think it’s about time that changed. Make time to play games outside with your little ones. Let them get some exercise, soak up some vitamin D and play like kids are supposed to.
But which game to choose? We all know the old ones are the best, so we’ve taken it back to the old school and rounded up out top 10 retro outdoor games and get your kids in the garden this summer. Enjoy!
Draw a circle on concrete with chalk. Each player selects a shooting marble which should be bigger and different to the other marbles. Place all the smaller marbles in the middle of the circle. Players take it in turns to shoot their marble out of their first with their thumb at the marble inside the circle, trying to knock the marbles out of the ring. Each player gathers the marbles they knock out of the ring. If they knock marbles out of the ring they get another go at shooting and if they don’t knock any out or their shooter remains inside the ring, it’s the next player’s turn. Keep shooting until there are no marbles left in the ring and the winner is the player with the most marbles.
This is a version of tag where players run from one area to another until caught by the ‘bulldog’ in the middle. The bulldog shouts ‘British Bulldog one, two, three’ and catches their victims. Those who are caught become bulldogs too and the winner is the person left uncaught.
Rounders is a great way to entertain kids of all ages, from teenagers to little ones. You just need enough people to make two teams, then chose one team to field and the other team to bat.
A rounder is scored when the batter manages to reach 4th base after hitting the ball or when there has been a no ball.
The batter is out if a fielder catches the ball, stumps the post before the batter has reached it or if the batteer run inside the posts.
Make a picnic, head down to the park and give it ago!
We all remember the phrases: ‘Ready or not, here I come’ and ‘come out, come out wherever you are.’ Hide and seek is a classic game that will keep the kids entertained for hours.
The rules are simple: You need a group of kids, a wide open space such as a park and someone designated as ‘it.’ ‘It’ then chases after the other kids until they succeed in catching one of them, then that person will be ‘it’ and will proceed to chase everyone else.
You’re certain to get a good night’s sleep after a lively game of tag!
Skipping is a great activity that kids can play on their own or as part of a group. It’s great excercise and can help kids develop their coordination. If your child finds skipping boring you could always hold skipping races or play musical skipping, which works like musical chairs, so when the music stops the last one to freeze is out. You could even join in too!
For a great game of hopscotch, simply draw a hopscotch grid on the ground using chalk and throw your marker (a stone, button or small beanbag will do) onto the first square, then hop along the grid – avoiding the square with the marker in. If you step on a line, hop on the wrong square, or step out of the square, you’ll lose your turn.
If you managed to complete the course then throw the marker onto square two and do it all over again. The aim is to complete the course with the marker on each square.
Not only is this game great fun but it helps kids learn how to count.
You’ll need a rope and six or more players – this game can get a little rowdy so it’s best to have adults on hand to supervise!
Find a spot on the ground to mark as the middle, then when someone shouts ‘go’ the aim is for both teams to pull as hard as they can until one team is pulled over the line.
Great family fun!
Sack races tend to be very funny and will make for some memorable family photos, plus your kids will be able to get in a bit of extra practice before sports day!
One player is chosen to be the wolf and stands with his or her back to the rest of the kids, who must be good distance away. The group of children call out: ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’
The wolf will then reply with a time, for example: ‘Three o’clock.’ And the group will all take three steps towards the wolf.
This continues as the group tries to reach Mr Wolf without him catching them. If the wolf replies: ‘It’s dinner time,’ he can turn around and try and catch someone before they make it back to the start line.
Cue lots of screaming and shrieking!
You can get your hands on a Space Hopper for as little as £8 and it will be well worth it when you see your kids faces as they bounce around the garden. Definitely an oldie but a goodie!
Hula hooping is not only brilliant fun for the kids but it’s excellent excercise for adults too. It can burn as much as 100 calories every 10 minutes and it’s great for toning those abs – Beyonce claims to be a fan.
It’s cheap, easy and fun – what are you waiting for?