A child is truly happy when he/she is independent from the watch of others. It is these outdoor games that give children an opportunity to practice motor skills freely like running, leaping, and jumping. It is also the most appropriate area for the practice of ball-handling skills, like throwing, catching, striking and carrying movable objects.

In the technology age, our local outdoor games have lost their popularity. Take a journey back into your childhood and introduce your kids to these fun and iconic local games.



What you need

1. A soft ball
2. A pile of stones

How to Play

2 teams are made with equal number of players in each team.(Let’s call them team one and team two).

A player from team one will hit the pile of stones with the ball while other members of the team one will try to reassemble that pile of stones.

The team two players will try and tag the team one players by hitting them with the ball.


This game helps built children’s team work and coordination skills. Along with that it helps strengthen a child’s hand-eye coordination and sequencing skills.

Safety Tip: Make sure the pile of stones has no sharp edges to prevent any unwanted injury. The ball they use should be soft and shouldn’t hurt when a child is struck by it. The location where the children are playing should be a flat land preferably covered with grass because this game involves a lot of running and a child may trip.



What you need

1. A soft ball
2. A pile of stones

How to Play

Draw circles on the pavement and they would be the target of your water balloons. Ask your kid to draw the targets; it can be whatever he likes. You can also keep all the targets of different sizes and shapes to make it more interesting.

Ask your child to stand 5 to 6 steps away from the targets and then ask him to aim and fire.

The chalk will wear off because of the water. You can continue the cycle, draw and shoot as long as the child wants to play.

The game will help the children have a better understanding of distance and power. Along with this, the game is very entertaining and such outdoor activities will help your child stay active and fresh.

Parents are of the view that hopscotch is just a mere game with no learning for their kid, whereas in fact hopscotch has a lot of learning potential for kids. To start with, the grids (squares) help kids balance themselves in a limited space, also it helps them count backwards.

This is a game where all 5 senses are active. Another trick can be to replace numbers 1-9 to 20-29 or any other level the kid is familiar with.


This game can be played outdoor with plastic chairs and a portable music player. You can have as many players as you want. With more kids, it gets more intense and interesting. Kids can learn how to manage time and will also understand the importance of efficiency and time management.


The parents can be Simon and can help kids understand the importance of listening and following instructions. This game can be played anywhere, even in a car or other small spaces outdoor. You can start by saying small things like, “Simon says, touch a dark green leaf” or “Simon says, take a round of the ground” etc. This game is very common and easy to play.