Lawn and ball games
There are as many games as there are fish in the sea. It is always an advantage to have some good games which are feasible and easy in the bag of tricks. These games can always be used for a variety evening. The games which are listed here are a good mixture. In water, indoors, outdoors, team or individual games or even as a variety of games for a parent’s evening.
Betting games are equally popular among young and old. They make a lot of fun and require skill and team spirit. Football offers plenty of varied options. Many games can be made up with elements from football. Dribbling through an obstacle course, juggling in a small group of players or a simple football match with small teams awaken personal ambition and motivate to peak performance. Even if we are dealing with games that have a lot of fighting spirit: The fun factor is of the highest importance. With those lawn and ball games I am presenting here, fun always takes the forefront. To increase this fun, you can come up with cheerleaders that additionally cheer the players up.
Why are betting games so popular?
Who does not like to bet? Whether young or old – just about everyone bets, in part, for a lot of money, but also just for fun. Children and youth are usually excited about those games, whether they are played at a summer camp or at a game night at the centre. Therefore, they betting games can’t be missing here either. The beauty of it: betting games do not require significant preparation, and the necessary materials are quite manageable as well. Nevertheless, betting games can inspire for hours and without any boredom. On what you can bet? Basically, you can bet on everything – even on your life. Example, you could put a glass full of coins on the table. The participants have to guess how much money is in the glass. Or how much coins are in the jar. The one closest to the correct number wins.
You can also bet on people. For example, you can divide the group into two parts. Both teams get distinguished tasks. The other team has to guess which kid finishes which job first. Always consider weaker team members so that they do not feel marginalized or disadvantaged.
Ball games | Games with a ball
- Hunter Ball
The hunter tries to shoot the other players.
- Rugby or Frisbee rugby
Rugby games are fast and rough. Frisbee rugby is an alternative.
- Push ball games
Different games with a push ball (earth ball).
- Ball games: 2 front ball
In this ball game the players in the middle of the game field are hit by players on in the outer fields with the ball.
- Ball game: Throwing and scoring
In this ball game 2 throwers try to hit the players in the middle with a ball.
- Throwing - running - scoring
A thrower throws the ball into the field and the group tries to run around the field without being hit.
- Rabbit and hunter
A player (the rabbit) is in the middle of a circle. The hunter on the outside of the circle tries to hit the rabbit with a ball.
- Ball spying
Two teams stand in two playing fields opposite each other. One spy from each of the opposing teams is also in the opponent's field and tries to catch the ball from his own team.
- Circle or basket throwing
A ball is aimed into a circle or a basket.
- Roller ball
Similar to football but the ball can only be rolled with the hand.
- Breaking the ring
A player stands in the middle and tries to shoot a ball out of the circle.
The ball is thrown up in the air and is caught by a player whose name is called out.
- Hunt fever
On a 50m long course runners must run away from the hunters who must hit them from the edge of the course.
- Tunnel ball
The team makes a tunnel with their legs spread out. A ball must be rolled through the tunnel. The last player collects the ball and runs to the front.
- Dodge ball
Dodge ball - a ball throwing and catching game for teams - for 12-30 players.
- Burning ball
Burning ball - a running, catching and throwing game for teams - for 12-30 players.
A player protects the others from being hit.
- Throwing – catching – sitting
Catch the ball, throw it on and sit down.
- Capture the fort
A ball must be thrown into the centre of the circle. The opposing team tries to stop this.
- Climbing up and down
Catching the ball is OK. A drop of the ball means sitting down.
Instead of playing football with a football, a rugby ball is used.
- Hand (roll) ball
Instead of playing the ball with the foot, the ball is only allowed to be rolled with the hand.
The game is similar to 'hot potatoes'.
- Basketball without a basket
A basketball variation without a basket
- Ball circle games
Ball circle games with different rules.
- Team change
The aim of the game is to swap all members of the team over to the other side.
- To catch or not
The player in the middle shouts 'catch' and the player is not allowed to catch the ball. If he shouts 'don’t catch', they must catch it.
- Breaking the ring
A player in the middle tries to throw a ball through a player’s legs.
- Guard ball
Open plastic bottles filled with water are placed in a playing area. 2-3 guards must guard the water bottles.
- Beach ball keep-up record
Keep a beach ball up in the air as long as possible.
- Ball tricks
A ball is balanced on the foot or other variations.
- Chaos Rugby
Use many rugby balls or other balls instead of one rugby ball.
- Baseball or Frisbee baseball
It doesn't matter whether the game is played like burning ball or baseball, with a baseball bat or with a Frisbee - the game which is similar to burning ball is great fun.
- Give up the ball ten times
The ball must be passed ten times among the team to receive a point. The opponents try to do the same.
- The rubbish bag volleyball game
The game is played over a net like volleyball. However 2 members of the team hold a towel and try to scoop up /slap the ball.
- Non-contact rugby
A rugby game without contact fears. It should only be player with 3 ribbons tucked in the waistband.
- Volleyball with a limited view
The volleyball net is covered with sheets, so that view of the opponents playing area is not possible
- The blind football team
Blindfolded playing football. There is a conductor at the sidelines.
The child in the middle has to catch the ball, the bystanders throw back and forth.
- Ball Game Chaos
The ball may be paled as long as the hidden ball is not found
- Emptying bottles
Throwing over bottles so that the water comes out.
Lawn games | Games on grass
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? An old but popular game.
- Breaking Chains
2 teams stand opposite each other and make long chains. Each team alternates sending one player to break through the opposite teams chain.
- Cat chases mouse
2 kids are chosen as a cat and a mouse. The rest of the group stands in equal rows ( e.g. 4x4 or 7x7 rows). The cat must follow the mouse through the rows.
- Human croquet
The group stands with their legs apart and therefore make the croquet hooks. A player crawls through the legs over a finishing line.
All lie next to each other on the ground and the last in the row rolls over the others.
- Bridge prisoners
Bridge prisoners is a catching game with catchers, hunted and freeing.
The team is linked at the elbows and must run a race in this formation.
- Always in contact
All team members are only allowed to move forwards when all feet are in contact.
All members of the group lie on their stomachs in a line and hold the ankles of the person in front.
- Peace wall
The game is similar to " who's afraid of the big bad wolf?"
- Scuffling and reaping the rewards
2 groups stand opposite each other. Different objects are placed directly in the middle which the group must bring behind their own line.
- Border battles
2 groups stand opposite each other separated by a line. Each group tries to get as many opposing players as possible into their own field.
- Blind alley
5 volunteers are placed on a path and are blindfolded. The rest of the group must try to sneak past the blind.
On the opposite side of the playing field are objects which must be fetched. There are 2 guards in the playing field who must prevent this.
- Capture and robbery
Each player has a piece of cloth tied to their leg. Everyone now tries to remove the others cloth without losing their own.
- Catching dragon tails
Each team forms a row and the members hold onto each others waists. A cloth is stuck in the last player’s waistband. The dragons must try to steal the cloth.
Indiana - a game using the flat of the hand to hit a ball with feathers according to volleyball rules.
- Rope circles
A 3m long rope is swung in a circle over the ground.
2 players play the ball to each other and a third player tries to stop them.
A Frisbee is thrown with least throws across a field.
- Field Combat
Each group member try to push each other into the next fields.
- Drink coaster match
Each team tries to throw as many beer mats as possible into the opponent's field.
- The three legged race
2 runners stand next to each other and are tied together at the ankle with a sheet.
- Shoe hockey
A game of hockey with a shoe as the stick. A softball can be used as a puck.
- Waste paper basket handball game
In this handball game a goalkeeper stands in the opponent's area and catches the ball with a waste paper basket.
- Under fire - a difficult life saving action
From their own field the players try to shoot at the opposing team members with balls. Anyone who is hit and be saved by the ambulance men.
- The rock hard rugby game on the knees or backside
The game is played on the knees. The opponent can be pushed out of the field. The team's own ball must be brought into the opponent's goal.
Lots of games can be played with a Frisbee
- Fishing in the other pond
There are different ponds, and each team tries to fish in somebody else’s pond.
- Wet stocking run
Run with wet socks to a bucket, wringing them out and get more water.
- Wet socks are approaching
Objective: kicking wet socks as far as possible from your feet.
- Bathmat Rally
Organizing a rally on sandy ground.
One child volunteers. He is turned around several times and then has to run through the hurdles.
- National League
Like in the National League several disciplines are carried out, each against the others.
- Catching the ostrich
This is a catching game where you only can be caught if you do not stick your head in the snow.
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