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Kids party games for outdoors

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Outdoor kids party games

There are so many, many different kids party games that you can organize for outdoor fun—all the while leaving your house intact! Here are just several easy outdoor games that bring out the competitive nature in all kids—so they are just right for awarding favors and prizes.

They're perfect for family picnics, birthday parties, and other outdoor group events. And, what's even better, these kids party games can be set up at a cost of next to nothing! So, print this list, grab a boom box and some simple supplies, pick up a few prizes, and you're ready to play some great kids' outdoor games.

1) Balloon Stomp Supplies Needed: Balloons, string. Let the kids blow up their own balloons and tie one to their ankle with string. At the 'Go' signal, everyone runs around trying to stomp on and bust each others balloons. The last person with an intact balloon wins.

2) Jump Rope Relay Supplies Needed: two jump ropes Form two teams and set the boundaries of the race. At the 'Go' signal, the first two players race to the goal and back, jumping rope. The next player goes, and so on, until the winning team is declared. The number on each team should be equal. To make it more interesting, you can have three or four teams; just make sure you have prizes (awards) for each member of the winning team.

3) Hot Potato Supplies Needed: boom box; bean bag or at your outdoor picnic, use a real potato! Players stand in a circle, and a parent or teen starts the music. Players pass the potato around the circle until the music stops. Whoever is holding the potato when the music stops is out. Play continues until one winner is declared. Just another one of the simple but fun kids party games.

4) Water Balloon Toss Supplies needed: balloons filled with water. Divide group into teams of two players and give each team a water balloon. Line the teams up an equal distance apart. Players toss the balloon to their partner; and, then, everyone steps back one step. Keep tossing the water balloon and taking a step back, until one team is left with an intact water balloon.

5) Pass the Sand: Supplies needed: Clean play sand. Divide the group into 2 teams and line them up. Have the person in each line grab a handful of sand from a container. They must pass the sand to the next player, who passes it to the next, and so on down the line. When the sand reaches the last player, he/she pours what is left of it on a plate. The team with the most sand wins the game. (You may have to weigh the sand on a food scale if it's close.)

If you don't use this at your next party, be sure to include it on your list of possible kids party games because it's simple, yet small kids seem to really enjoy it.

6) Toss n' Soak: Fill up a plastic pool with water and have kids stand around the outside of the pool. They must toss the ball back and forth to one another and try to catch it. If the ball hits the water, the child who failed to catch the ball is "out." Whoever is left standing last wins.

7) Scavenger Hunt: This is usually high on the list of kids party games and it is relatively inexpensive and time-consuming (good for both kids and parents). Give the partygoers clues that take them from place to place. Perhaps this game could begin at the house of the party host/hostess, and the final clue could lead to the party destination.

The team that arrives at the final destination first wins! (Or instead of a Scavenger Hunt have kids solve a Detective's Case. Set out clues all over the yard and have kids collect them. Then the kids have to figure out what the clues mean. You might have them find clues to making a pizza, building a scarecrow, or solving a puzzle.)

8) Crazy Ball Needed: 4 or more players, ball (football or baseball) and possibly a bat. Rules: This game needs at least four players and a ball (football or baseball). One person is the thrower, and everyone else stands as a group about throwing distance away from the thrower. The thrower toss the ball in the air towards everyone else and announces a number between 50 and 500 in increments of 50 (50,100,150,200 etc.).

So for example the thrower might throw the ball and shout "300 points for the catch!". If a player catches it, they get to keep the points shouted by the thrower. If someone drops it though, they lose the same number of points (negative scores are possible). The first person to get 500 points wins and become the thrower for the next game.

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