Kids Outdoor Games – Page5


The whole group hides their eyes and counts out loud together to 50, while one person goes and hides. Then everyone begins to look for the King. When you spot the KING, you don’t tell anyone, then when no one is looking, you slip in and hide with the King. Eventually everyone starts to disappear, and the one left notices he’s all alone, and rather embarrassed to be the last one left. The first one to find the King, gets to hide as the KING in the next round. This Game is real fun!


In this game, one person plays the “stop light” and the rest try to touch him/her.

At the start, all the children form a line about 15 feet away from the stop light.

The stop light faces away from the line of kids and says “green light”. At this point the kids are allowed to move towards the stoplight.

At any point, the stop light may say “red light!” and turn around. If any of the kids are caught moving after this has occurred, they are out.

Play resumes when the stop light turns back around and says “green light”.

The stop light wins if all the kids are out before anyone is able to touch him/her.

Otherwise, the first player to touch the stop light wins the game and earns the right to be “stop light” for the next game.


To begin the game you choose the person who is called an “IT”. A circle is

drawn on the ground. While “IT” counts to ten everyone runs and hides. When

caught (or seen) you must go stand inside the circle and stand. As “IT” begins searching for others you call out to the ones still hiding “Piggy wants a Signal”.

Someone acknowledges you with the sound a pig would make. When “IT” isn’t

looking you run and hide again. Of course the game isn’t over until all

players are caught and in the circle.


The class is divided in half and a line of chalk was placed down the middle between the two teams.

About 20-30 feet in back of each team a large square (prison) was drawn on the ground using chalk.

Each team picked one person to be the prisoner of the other team (usually someone who could is fast at running).

Then each team would try to free their prisoner by sending a team member to the prison through the opposing team to bring him/her back without getting captured by a member of the opposing team.

If the person attempting to rescue their own prisoner made in to the prison through the opposing team without being caught, he/she was safe while in the prison and could pick their own time to run with the prisoner back to their own side of the line.

If the team member was caught by the opposing team, they also became a prisoner needing rescue. So each team was busy both trying to rescue their own prisoners and guard the prisoner(s) from the opposite side from getting rescued. At the end of recess ( or time limit), the team with the most prisoners won. 


In this game, the kids form two opposing lines and attempt to “break through” the opposing team’s line.

At first, two teams are chosen of equal size, and they form two lines, facing each other and holding hands.

One side starts by picking a person on the opposing team and saying “Red Rover, Red Rover, send Rajesh right over”

Rajesh then lets go of his teammates and begins a headlong rush for the other line. His goal is to break through the line by overpowering the kid’s hold on each other.

If Rajesh breaks through, he chooses one person for the opposing team to join his team, and they both go back and join in their line.

If he fails to break through, Rajesh becomes part of the other team.

Each team alternates calling people over until one team has all the people and is declared the winner.

Note that since all the players are on the winning team at the end, there really are no losers in this game.

Sleeping Lions

In this game, all of the children ( except one or two hunters ) lie down on the floor in sleeping positions. Once they are settled, they are not allowed to move (they have to stay still) . The hunters walk through the room and try to make the sleeping lions move by making them laugh, telling them jokes, making funny noises and so on. The hunters are not allowed to touch the lions. Once the lions have moved, they get up and join the hunters.