100 Best Outdoor Games List – Fun Outdoors

Every family needs a great outdoors games list to work there way through to find their favourites. there are SO many benefits to outdoor play!


 100 Best Outdoor Games List

The benefits of  playing outside & why you need an Outdoor Games List

Engaging in outdoor games provides a wide range of benefits for individuals, especially children. Here are 20 advantages of playing outdoor games:

  1. Physical Exercise: Outdoor games involve physical activity, promoting fitness and health.
  2. Vitamin D Absorption: Sunlight exposure during outdoor play helps in the production of vitamin D, crucial for bone health.
  3. Improved Motor Skills: Activities like running, jumping, and throwing improve coordination and motor skills.
  4. Enhanced Social Skills: Interacting with others in outdoor games fosters teamwork, communication, and cooperation.
  5. Emotional Well-being: Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, reducing stress and promoting happiness.
  6. Boosts Creativity: Outdoor play encourages imagination and creativity, leading to inventive thinking.
  7. Cognitive Development: Games often involve problem-solving and strategy, enhancing cognitive skills.
  8. Better Concentration: Regular outdoor activities are linked to improved focus and attention span.
  9. Stress Reduction: Being in nature and engaging in play reduces cortisol levels, decreasing stress.
  10. Enhanced Sleep: Physical activity outdoors can lead to better sleep patterns.
  11. Appreciation for Nature: Outdoor play instills a love for nature and a sense of environmental responsibility.
  12. Healthy Competition: Learning to win and lose gracefully fosters sportsmanship and resilience.
  13. Improved Immune System: Exposure to different environments can strengthen the immune system.
  14. Risk Management: Outdoor play helps children learn to assess risks and make decisions independently.
  15. Time Management: Organizing outdoor games teaches kids about planning and managing time effectively.
  16. Better Vision: Outdoor activities may contribute to reducing the risk of myopia (nearsightedness) in children.
  17. Boosts Confidence: Mastering skills and succeeding in games boosts self-esteem and confidence.
  18. Embracing Nature: Outdoor games cultivate an appreciation for the natural world and its wonders.
  19. Camaraderie: Playing with peers builds bonds and friendships that can last a lifetime.
  20. Lifelong Habits: Children who enjoy outdoor activities are more likely to maintain an active lifestyle as adults.

Encouraging outdoor play is a holistic approach to child development, providing physical, mental, and social benefits.  Lets take a look at our outdoors games list and see how many you have tried!

Take look at his list of fun family walks for kids to find inspiration too.


A year of nature walks and games ( a HUGE outdoor games list of ideas)

A year of nature walks and games has an huge outdoor games list that follows the season and covers everything from park games to beach games, camping games to lawn games, girl scout games to night time c games and more. it iwll delight the whole family! and if  s it is filled with lovely images of outdoor games too to help you feel inspired.


outdoor Games List

 100 outdoor games list for kids and families:

  1. Tag
  2. Hide and Seek
  3. Duck, Duck, Goose
  4. Red Light, Green Light
  5. Kick the Can
  6. Capture the Flag
  7. Simon Says
  8. Musical Chairs
  9. Sack Race
  10. Tug of War
  11. Obstacle Course
  12. Hopscotch
  13. Three-Legged Race
  14. Balloon Pop
  15. Scavenger Hunt
  16. Freeze Tag
  17. Kickball
  18. Hula Hoop Contest
  19. Limbo
  20. Water Balloon Toss
  21. Wheelbarrow Race
  22. Egg and Spoon Race
  23. Ring Toss
  24. Bean Bag Toss
  25. Nature Hunt
  26. Shadow Tag
  27. Hiking
  28. Bike Riding
  29. Jump Rope
  30. Chalk Drawing
  31. Blindfolded Obstacle Course
  32. Nature Scavenger Hunt
  33. Frisbee
  34. Pictionary
  35. Kite Flying
  36. Rock Painting
  37. Simon Says with a Twist
  38. Horse Shoes
  39. Marbles
  40. Capture the Flag REDUX
  41. Tin Can Stilts
  42. Dodgeball
  43. Juggling
  44. Paper Airplane Contest
  45. Nature Art
  46. Play in the Sprinklers
  47. Bubble Blowing
  48. Fishing
  49. Bird Watching
  50. Yoga in the Park
  51. Mini-Golf
  52. Soccer
  53. Volleyball
  54. Badminton
  55. Tennis
  56. Slacklining
  57. Croquet
  58. Water Gun Fight
  59. star gaze
  60. Rock Climbing
  61. Nature Bingo
  62. Geocaching
  63. Play in the Sand
  64. Leaf Printing
  65. Picnic
  66. Face Painting
  67. Jumping in Puddles
  68. Make a Scarecrow
  69. Homemade Water Slide
  70. Outdoor Movie Night
  71. Play with Remote Control Cars
  72. Build a Fort
  73. Make a Sundial
  74. Cookout
  75. Play with Bubbles
  76. Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
  77. Outdoor Science Experiments
  78. Storytelling Under the Stars
  79. Play with Glow Sticks
  80. Stargazing
  81. Outdoor Concerts
  82. Make Friendship Bracelets
  83. Create a Family Banner
  84. Play with Chalk Bombs
  85. Outdoor Yoga
  86. Paper Boat Race
  87. Visit a Farmer’s Market
  88. Scarecrow Tag
  89. Outdoor Board Games
  90. Fly a Kite
  91. Outdoor Cooking
  92. Plant a Tree
  93. Climb a Tree
  94. Build a Sandcastle
  95. Visit a Botanical Garden
  96. Outdoor Art Show
  97. Outdoor Karaoke
  98. Fruit Picking
  99. Bocce Ball
  100. Jewellery Making with Nature Finds


Feel free to copy this outdoor games list. And when you use your outdoor games list check off the activities as you enjoy them with your family!

You might also like to take a look these cool yard games


Further reading on from this outdoor games list

You might also like my post on nature games with kids 

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