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Outdoor games


Outdoor games

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Here are three great outdoor games you can teach your child, so that they can share it with their friends. 

Draw a circle on the ground. Each player puts four marbles inside the circle – it’s best if everyone picks a colour. Take turns trying to knock each other’s marbles out of the circle by flicking or rolling a large marble from just outside the circle. If you knock your own marble out it goes back into the centre!

North South East West
One person is the compass and when they shout “North” everyone has to run north until the person shouts another direction - "east", "west" or "south". Anyone who runs the wrong way is out. A great game for burning off some energy!

One person counts to 10 while the other players scatter. On 10, everyone freezes. The person counting takes 4 giant steps towards the closest person and tries to hit them with a soft ball. If they manage to hit the person, that person gets a letter “S” but if they miss, the ball thrower has to take the "S". Now it’s the other person’s turn to count. Players get knocked out when they reach "SPUD" – when they have been hit or missed four times – ouch!


  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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