The next time you have a party, try these fun outdoor party game ideas and take the fun outside! Everyone will have a great time running around and burning off some of that energy before they go home.
Water Balloon Toss: Divide party guests into teams of two; teams line up, facing each other, a few feet apart (each pair should be an equal distance apart). Give each team a water balloon. The first player tosses the balloon to his partner, then both take one step back. Keep tossing and retreating until only one team has an un-popped balloon.
Tails: Give each child an old sock to tuck into her back pocket or waistband. The object of the game is to grab other players' "tails" without losing your own. Any player who loses a tail must sit down, but if another player passes close enough, the tail-less player can grab himself a new tail and re-enter the game. This game is ideal if your outdoor party has an animal theme!
Red Light, Green Light: This is a simple and fun outdoor game. One person is designated as the "stoplight." The stoplight stands with their back towards the others. The rest of the players stand about 15 to 20 feet away from him. The stoplight calls out "green light!" which signals the players to begin moving towards him. Then the stoplight yells, "red light!" and turns around. If any player is caught moving when the stoplight turns around, that player is out. The game is over if all the players are out before anyone reaches the stoplight or if someone tags the stoplight. If a player reaches the stoplight, that person gets to be the stoplight in the next game.
Piggy in the Middle: This is an all-time favourite game that can be played outside in the park, field or back garden. Three players line up in a row and the two outside players throw the ball to each other, while the middle one, the ‘piggy’ tries to intercept it. If the piggy intercepts the ball they then swap places with the player who threw it and that person becomes piggy in the middle. Encourage children to roll the ball as well to give the ‘piggy’ a chance.
Wheelbarrow Races: Players get into pairs and one acts as the ‘wheel’ the other the ‘barrow’. The ‘wheel’ lies on the ground with his arms stretched out straight and the ‘barrow’ picks up his ankles to form a ‘wheelbarrow’. On the word ‘Go!’ the wheelbarrows set off to the finish line, but if any arms or legs collapse on the way they must start from the beginning again. The first wheelbarrow to cross the finish line is the winner.
3-Legged Race: Players get into pairs and standing side-by-side tie their inside legs together with a scarf or rope at ankle level to form ‘three legs’. Each team lines up on the starting line and on the word ‘Go!’ walk or run together by moving their joined-legs forward followed by their own free leg in unison. The first pair to cross the finishing line wins.
Hot Potato: You can play this catching game with a ball, potato or even a water bomb. Players stand in a circle with one ‘hot potato’ between them. The first player picks up the ‘hot potato’ and throws it to another player who must catch it and pass it on. If a player holds the ‘hot potato’ for too long or drops it then he is out.
Stuck In The Mud: Nominate one player as the ‘catcher’ while the others are all on the same team. The catcher has to catch the other players by tagging them. If they succeed that player has to stand still with his legs and arms wide apart ‘stuck in the mud’. They are not allowed to move until one of their team mates crawls through their legs to free them. If a player gets caught in action trying to free someone they too become ‘stuck in the mud’. The game continues until all the players are stuck in the mud or until the catcher runs out of steam!
Apple Bobbing: Children take it in turns to try and retrieve a floating apple with their teeth, with their hands tied behind their back. Fill a large tub with cold water and place enough apples for each player. Children can then either bob for the apples together or individually, but the player to get the apple first or quickest is the winner.
Treasure Hunt: Hide lots of chocolate coins or other edible ‘treasure’ around your garden or outside space. Make some of them quite easy to find for the younger players and others harder so as to make it more challenging for the older ones. Hand each player their own party box or plastic cup to collect their treasure in and let them loose to find as much treasure as they can. The winner is the player who finds the most treasure.