When friends get together, it can be a challenge to find a game that everyone will enjoy. Unfortunately, what sometimes happens is that each person pulls out an electronic gadget and does their own thing. This article provides multiple ideas for fun games to play with friends inside and outside, on a sunny day and when it is cold or rainy, and with a just one or two friends or a large group. Use these fun games at parties, sleepovers – any time you get together with your friends.
Fun Games to Play with Friends Outside
Capture the Flag
An active and engaging game, capture the flag remains a kids’ favorite. Divide your group into two teams. Each team defends their “flag,” which can be any object while trying to copy the other team’s flag. If a player gets tagged by a member of the opposing team, they are either out of the game, or you can decide that person is frozen until tagged by a member of their own team. The teams that captures the flag wins the game.
Set up an obstacle course outside with common yard objects, such as lawn chairs, garden hoses, and picnic tables. Have players walk, jump, hop, etc. while running the course. Keep track of completion times and see who completes the course the fastest.
Freeze tag takes a lot of energy and works best for a large group. The person who is “It” tags the other players at which point they are frozen and can only be unfrozen when tagged by someone else. You can also play music while the game is being played and everyone must freeze when the music stops. Alternatively, someone must go between the legs of a frozen player to unfreeze them. For a very large group have more than one person be “It.”
Keep some small items from your local dollar store on hand for a backyard, scavenger hunt. Hide the items making a list of where they are located so you can make sure all are found. Provide the players a list of items with hints, such as, “Small, green, and has wheels” (a toy car) or “Round and red” (a small bouncy ball). The player who finds the most items wins the game. For a larger group, pair up the players or divide players into teams.
Purchase inexpensive inflatable balls for this game. Use at least three, but you can use more if you wish. The object of the game is to keep the balls in the air. To do so, players may use any part of the body. However, they cannot hang on to the ball. Players scatter over the playing area and a ball is tossed into the air. The objective is to keep the ball in the air using any part of the body. Count how many times the balls hit the ground during a five-minute period of play. Each round, have the players try to have fewer misses.
Tug of War
The best Tug of War fun games occur when teams are evenly matched, not necessarily in age or size, but in ability of the entire team. You may find you must have ten smaller children on one end and five large kids on the other. Your game will last longer and be more fun with a bit of preparation.
An outdoor game kids never seem to tire of, balloon stomp, as the name implies, has as its object to stomp on the balloons attached to the ankles of the other players and pop them. Players may not touch the balloons with their hands or the grab the other players. Begin with enough inflated balloons for each player. Play fast music if you wish to set the tone of the game. The last person with an intact balloon wins the game. Blow up enough balloons to play several rounds if you want the game to last longer.
With the many varieties of relay races available, kids can play them for hours. Relay races foster teamwork, satisfy a desire for competition, and are great fun. Try one of the following kinds: