These Outdoor Games Create Fun for the Whole Family

As children retreat outside for fun in the sun, help them maximize summer excitement with these fun-tastic activities created by the Scout Elves! This list includes all the elves’ favorite outdoor summer activities, which will help your family make the most of your own warm weather adventures. Help your little ones with set up and rules, and then, set them free!

☀ Fun for Hours:

Take a look around the basement or garage, and pull out the hula hoops, jump ropes, baseball bats, footballs, bubbles—whatever you can find—and use your imagination to create a high-octane obstacle course. Kids will have fun trying to beat their fastest time and clean-up will be a cinch!

☀ Don’t Burst My Bubble:

It’s every player for themselves in this balloon showdown, which challenges players to try to pop the balloons attached to the other players’ feet. Using a rubber band or string, all players should strap a balloon onto one ankle. Then, players go around trying to stomp on other’s balloons while protecting their own balloon from being popped. The last person with an inflated balloon wins!

☀ Dress Up and Dash:

Invite your kids’ friends over for this giggle-inducing relay race. Divide children into small teams, and have one child from each team run, skip, frog jump, crab walk or shimmy down to a laundry basket filled with shirts, pants, scarves and hats. Each child must find one of each item of clothing, put it on and run to another point where they must jump rope 10 times. On their way back to the starting line, children will drop the clothes back in the basket and tag in their teammate. The first team to have all their players complete the challenge wins!

☀ Bringing Back the Classics:

Who says everybody’s go-to games can’t be fun? Any of the timeless classics—like tug-of-war, wheel barrow race, apple bob, water balloon toss or sack race—are sure to challenge, excite and entertain children.

☀ On the Hunt for Fun:

Set little ones free in the backyard with this printable scavenger hunt from the Scout Elves, and challenge them to find all the items on the sheet as fast as they can! As they go to work marking off each item, whip up a small treat in the kitchen to reward them for their hard work!

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The Scout Elves also have the perfect snacks to accompany all of your little ones’ summertime play! See their ideas for simple summer snacks!