Classic Kids Outdoor Games Still Have Appeal
Try These Games That Parents and Grandparents Used to Play
By Susan Adcox
In a simpler time, kids played outdoors all the time. As Adair Lara says, they "were set out in the yard in the morning and brought in at night, like cats." To stave off boredom, they played every game they had ever heard of, and invented hundreds of variations. Today, children tend to get more screen time and less scream time. Concern about physical fitness has led to a myriad of experts recommending more outdoor play. These classic kids outdoor games are just what the doctor ordered, and besides that, they're a lot of fun. If the weather isn't suitable for outdoor play, try these other old-fashioned games.
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Kids and water are a dynamite duo. Put the kids in their swimsuits or old clothes, and let the good times begin. You never know when that Sneaky Sprinkler is going to go off!
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If there's a basketball goal and basketball in the vicinity, you have everything you need for a game of Horse. A game of shooting skill, Horse is fun for young and old.
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A tracking game played by Boy Scouts for many years, Shadowing can be played by groups both large and small. Powers of observation are important for successful shadowing.
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Who doesn't know how to play hide-and-seek? Ah, but have you ever played Chain Hide-and-Seek or Sardines? Why be content with the classic kids game when you can give it a new twist?
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8. Red Rover
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