12 Fun Backyard Games and Activities to Get Your Kids Outdoors

12 Fun Backyard Games and Activities to Get Your Kids Outdoors

12 Fun Backyard Games and Activities to Get Your Kids OutdoorsOnce the temperatures start warming up outside, my kids are ready to spend some time outdoors. They love playing outside and getting some fresh air. As a parent, it is very important to encourage your children to enjoy spending time outdoors and exercising. I am very picky when it comes to letting my children play outside by themselves since times have changed dramatically over the years. When I let my older children play outside, I rather them play out in the backyard so that I can keep an eye on them. Of course, this limits the type of activities that they can participate in because they have limited space. Today I wanted to share with you some backyard games for your children to enjoy.


I got a miniature basketball goal for my youngest son and I put in on the back porch. He enjoys spending time outside shooting hoops and chasing the ball. As a mom, I don’t have to worry about him accidentally throwing the ball into the street or him wandering off.


ikes Tball Set for ToddlersMy youngest son received a cute baseball set for Christmas and I have been waiting until the weather was nice before I got it out for him. This set is suited for toddlers. However, with some quality baseball bats, older children can play baseball in the backyard too. If you are worried about a baseball going through a window, swap it out for a tennis ball. ย They can also toss the tennis ball back and forth to each other too. This game can help your child develop their hand eye coordination skills.



This is a popular sport in the US and it is never too early to let your kids start playing. If there aren’t enough players for a full team, don’t worry they still can toss the football to each other. It is great for hand eye coordination. They make nerf footballs and smaller ones for smaller hands to use, so next time you are at the store pick up a new football for your child.


I always loved playing kickball growing up. For this game you need a ball and designate 4 spaces known as base. It is very similar to playing softball or baseball, except you roll the ball and kick it into the field. If you don’t have enough to play a game, you still can take turns rolling the ball and kicking it to the other person.

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12 responses to “12 Fun Backyard Games and Activities to Get Your Kids Outdoors”

  1. Scarlet Paolicchi Avatar

    Great list! It’s important to get kids outside and have some fun while doing it!

    1. Christy Avatar

      I agree most kids don’t get the recommended amount of exercise on a daily basis.

  2. Harleena Avatar

    Hi Christy,

    Nice list of games indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s become tough nowadays to make kids go outside and play games. They are either glued to their mobiles, computers or all the indoor games online mostly. Your post reminded me of the time when we as kids were given so many options to play such games – basketball and badminton were all time favorites.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Christy Avatar

      I agree Harleena, even my kids would rather stay inside and play video games. I like for them to go outside and play for a little bit in the evening time when it is cooler outside. I want them to burn off their energy and get some exercise.

  3. Kristi Campbell Avatar

    I love this list – my son LOVES being outside, no matter what. I do, too, but some of his “fun” is less than my “fun” so I appreciate the tips on making it fun for me, too. Playing ball with him is definitely really rewarding, so much so.

    1. Christy Avatar

      I understand how you feel, I often don’t play with the boys outside because I am in pain. I do enjoy sitting outside and watching them play and have fun together.

  4. Mei Avatar

    Nice activities! Things we can do all year round in Singapore!

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Jodi Avatar

    Very good list! We are just starting Soccer and at 4 it is both scary & fun to watch. My hubby is the coach. Hayden prefers to wander and run from bugs. Now Henry at 22 months is a fierce “wanna-be” player!

  6. Christy Avatar

    Yes, I remember when my oldest son started soccer. It was fun to watch them play. Its like herd ball the first few seasons.

  7. mya Avatar

    Hey thanks my kid dose not even want to go in side i think i should bathe him in sun screen …………………………….um do not do that it was a joke…………ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚

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