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The best outdoor games for kids

With sunny, pleasant weather on the way, kids are ready to spend more time outdoors.

If you’re looking for fun activities to keep the kids busy, invest in a few outdoor games. Along with helping kids stay active, they’ll have the chance to develop other essential skills like sportsmanship, turn-taking and hand-eye coordination. Even better, several outdoor games for children are suitable for all ages so that adults can also participate.

Wondering which outdoor games are best for kids? Here’s a list of our favorite picks.

What should I know before buying outdoor games for children?

Space out

Consider space when choosing outdoor games. Children should have enough space to play games comfortably without bumping into objects or other players.

Some outdoor games, such as horseshoes or ring toss, have a smaller footprint and can be set up almost anywhere. This includes decks, patios or garages. Other games, such as flag football, require considerable space to play safely. For this reason, they are best suited for open spaces like backyards or parks.

age range

Like other toys and games, outdoor games indicate the age groups for which they are intended. It’s not just for security reasons either. Many outdoor playsets have age-specific equipment for easier handling.

Some tee-ball sets, for example, are aimed at babies and toddlers. These have shorter tees and lighter, smaller bats. Regular tee-ball sets, on the other hand, feature full-size equipment suitable for teens and adults.


Whenever you invest in toys or games, it is essential to ensure that you are buying sets with safe equipment. Many times this will mean choosing quality over price.

Better to invest in a quality wooden croquet set with a smooth and sturdy finish to prevent splinters. Other outdoor games include soft game pieces, such as foam beanbags or rubber balls, so they won’t hurt players if hit with them.

The best outdoor games for toddlers


Children as young as 2 years old can start practicing their bowling skills. This mini bowling set remains a favorite for its brightly colored skittles and kid-friendly bowling ball. Besides being great fun, bowling helps kids develop hand-eye coordination.

Little Tikes T-Ball Set


The tee ball is a great introduction to baseball. We love Little Tikes T-Ball Set, which includes an adjustable-height tee that grows with kids. Kids can play tee-ball in a group or practice batting on their own.

Cooperative Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Card Game for Toddlers at the Park

Treasure hunt

Children are naturally curious, which is why this card-based treasure hunt game is a big hit. The cards feature objects or creatures commonly seen in parks, backyards, and other outdoor spaces. It also earns points for its travel-friendly design.

Meland Children's Golf Club Set


Little kids can practice their little game with this beginner golf set. It comes with a set of placement holes that can be installed anywhere outdoors. Parents appreciate that all the pieces, including four clubs and eight balls, can be loaded into the included golf bag for easy storage.

Throw through

tic tac toe

Instead of scribbling tic-tac-toe on paper, mark out a life-size game board. Kids 5 and up can take turns tossing beanbags to flip triangles into an X or O. Three in a row always wins the game, but it takes a little more coordination to emerge victorious.

Melissa &  Doug Clicker Crab Toss & Grab

Throw and Catch

Little kids who love baseball can practice throwing and catching with this cute crab toss game. Made by popular toymaker Melissa & Doug, the kid-friendly set includes Velcro crab mitts and brightly colored balls that are easy for kids to see.

Best Outdoor Games for Kids and Teens

SKLZ Flag Football Deluxe Set for 10 Players


Groups of children heading to a park or field can enjoy a lively game of flag football. If you already have a soccer ball, all you need is to buy a set of flag soccer equipment. We love the SKLZ Deluxe Flag Football Set, which includes flags, belts and cones for 10 players.

 Franklin Sports Playground Balls

kick ball

Kids don’t have to wait for recess or gym class to play kickball. Get this set of rubber balls and bases to host a game anytime, anywhere. Both sets of gear are made with high quality rubber to withstand years of heavy use.

Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball Hoop System


Instead of heading to a park for a quick game and waiting for an empty court, invest in this portable basketball hoop for kids. It even has a classic Arena Slam breakaway rim for dunks with airtime. Set it up on your driveway and roll it around when the play is over.

Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens

Dodgeball card game

Kids who love board games will enjoy the intensity of Throw Throw Burrito, a dodgeball card game from the creators of Exploding Kittens. The game requires quick thinking and quick reflexes to dodge the flying burritos. Fortunately, the burritos are made of soft foam.

Elite Sportz Ring Toss Indoor/Outdoor Games for Kids, Adults and Family

Ring toss

A favorite for small outdoor spaces, this mounted ring toss game is portable and has a quick and easy setup. The gameplay is a unique combination of ring toss and darts and is usually played as a tournament with multiple players.

iBaseToy Carnival Games Bean Bag Toss Game for Kids &  Adults

can crush

Can smash is a carnival game that never seems to get old. Bring it to your garden with this set of tin cans with fun faces. To add more challenge, each box has an assigned point value so players can compete for high scores.

Baden Champions Volleyball Set


Groups have fun with this travel volleyball set, which includes a regulation-sized net, ball and pump. All parts store neatly in a carry case. It’s a popular choice for lake or beach trips as well as picnics and barbecues.

The best outdoor games for all ages

Franklin Sports Blackhawk Portable Soccer Goals


Football remains one of the most popular sports in the world. Get this portable soccer goal so kids and adults can have fun shooting on goal or playing a quick game together. It sets up in minutes and comes with a handy carrying case.

Juegoal Six Player Croquet Set with Drawstring Bag


Croquet is a game that people of all ages and skill levels enjoy. This six-player set includes 26-inch mallets and steel wickets. Set up a game on any grassy area, be it a park or your backyard.

Capture the Redux Flag

capture the flag

Enjoy a flipped version of capture the flag with this glow-in-the-dark set. It includes 25 light-up game pieces and comes with rules to play the game 12 ways. As you can play with up to 20 people, it’s a popular choice for late-night gatherings.

 Giant Connect 4 Game Online

four in a row

This giant 4-in-a-row game is a life-size version of the classic board game at a whopping 4 feet tall. The board is easy to assemble virtually anywhere, from the backyard to the beach.

GoSports Pro Grade Ladder Toss Indoor/Outdoor Playset

Ladder Throw

If you have a group of four or less, we recommend throwing a ladder. The bolos are made of soft rubber and feature extra thick cords to prevent tangles. It’s perfect for decks and patios and can even be brought indoors to play on rainy days.

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