Talk about a challenge for kids: find your shoes and put them on -- fast!
How do you get kids outside and active when it feels too hot to move? Just add water -- as we've done with these four super-cool (off) group games.
A swinging and silly take on keep-away that will have kids in stitches.
This colorful game of tag infuses hide-and-seek elements, putting players on an exciting quest.
In this playtime favorite, blindfolded parents try to pick out their children's voices in a cacophonous crowd.
Give a friend the pants off your legs -- and make it snappy!
Cross a pretend stream in a race that requires both skill and speed.
Speckle your partner with freckles to win this game.
Create a marshmallow launcher from things you already have at home.
Got Velcro? It's a "shoe-in" for this relay.
May we serve you some (very) fast food?
Try not to burst anyone's bubble in this sudsy race.
This action-packed relay is full of surprises.
Spell out some fun with this learning game.
Here, speed and balance go hand in hand to create an action-packed marble relay.
In this game of backyard catch, the ball calls the shots.
Create your own summer game for outdoor fun.
This kicky twist on old-fashioned shuffleboard is a great driveway and sidewalk special.
This summer night's game is illuminating kids' play.
Kids can practice their soccer skills with this supersize version of croquet.
This lightning-quick backyard game is a mash-up of tag, basketball, and color identification.
Drop everything and read in this bibliophile's version of tag.
With a little imagination and structure, even a plastic bag can be the object of fun.
Get up and get moving with these great-for-all-ages games, which prove that pumpkins aren't just for carving into jack-o'-lanterns and baking into pies.
For after-school fun, take aim at a backyard course of hanging targets.
The quirky rules for this fast-moving version of tag add to the fun.
In this game a bit of math adds an educational twist to hopscotch.
This friendlier version of dodgeball features softer, no-sting balls and emphasizes team strategy.
Hardtop sluggers don't need a bat and ball to score hits and make outs in this version of baseball.
In this game, players can't see what happens once they've thrown the ball to the other team, so the element of surprise is a big part of the fun.
This challenge may sound simple, but it's a tricky test of grace and speed.
Classic games like kick the can never go out of style.
A good quarterback needs accurate aim. Help future Tom Bradys perfect theirs with this fun passing challenge.
Teach an old pool noodle a new trick by turning it into a backyard raceway for kids' marbles.
Your child can perfect his pedaling skills with this creative bicycle challenge built for two ... or more.
Here's a fast-paced playground game adapted to the driveway for a small group of players.
Everybody gets to carry the flag in this Fourth of July relay parade.
Games That Make a Splash
Mom (or Dad) Calling
Share a Pair
Easy Marshmallow Launcher
Roll Out the Marble
Kick the Disk
Flashlight Game: Firefly
Kick It Through the Wicket
Elbow Tag Game
Save the King
Annie Annie Over
Penny Spoon Race
Free the Fowl Game
Flag Tag Relay