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Geländespiele bei Nacht
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Outdoor games in the woods or on a lawn are always popular. However the size of the group should be suitable or adapted to some of the terrain games or forest games. Sometimes the terrain and forest games which have the simplest rules are the ones which are most popular.

Important are not only the utensils you need for outdoor games but the right clothing as well.

Geländespiele im Wald
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When playing in the woods and fields, it can get a bit muddy. Wearing gum boots and weatherproof clothing it does not matter if the ground is a bit damp.

Why are outdoor- and forest games so popular?

Children love to play outdoors. There are no restrictions as you would experience in rooms, the gym or even in the classroom. In summer, it is particularly beautiful and way more fun to play outside, letting your imagination run free, then to sit in a stuffy room.

The advantages of outdoor and forest game are varied. There is no space restriction. Here you can play almost every game. With the young as well as older children. A good example, which you couldn’t even play in a room is the well-known scavenger hunt. On different locations, different tasks have to be completed to eventually reach the desired goal. Such a scavenger hunt can take up even a vast terrain. The bigger the area, the greater the fun.

Geländespiele im Wald
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The beautiful thing about outdoor and forest games is that the younger, as well as the older kids, can playfully learn about nature. There is a whole range of games where you can implement components of plants, trees or stones, etc. How about, for example, determining the correct tree by the shape of leaves? This is fun and holds an excellent learning experience without boring the children.

Outdoor games can also be arranged in autumn and winter. The participants will learn about the different seasons at first hand. Outdoor games, in general, promote good health – after all, exercising in fresh air is good for all of us. Exercise also ensures that the body can build up defenses again colds and other illnesses.

It is up to the youth worker to make sure that no child or young person is overwhelmed with any of those outdoor games. Romping around takes a lot of strength, therefore, ensure that each game is matched to the ability of the smallest or weakest child of the group. Also, make sure to take regular breaks and drink plenty of fluids.

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  1. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: paperStamp game

    Each group must collect as many stamp prints as possible.

  2. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: apple, eggBigger or better

    Swap an item against something bigger or better from members of the public.

  3. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: bananasEverything’s bananas

    Give your group a list of things which they must measure in banana lengths.

  4. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Signs, tasksTown Spy Game

    Each group tries to find out and steal the addresses of the other clans without giving away their own address on their back.

  1. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: prepared photos and questions about the picturesPicture hunt as picture quiz

    Distinctive town features must be photographed from unusual perspectives and questions must be answered.

  2. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: for each team 3 sticks or 1 flagThree sticks

    In this racy adventure game the opponent's castle must be stormed and the prisoners freed.

  3. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: puzzle of a treasure map on a cardboardA smuggling game with puzzle pieces

    Different pieces of a puzzle must be smuggled.

  4. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: prepared and copied cardsAdventure cards

    In this adventure game the object is to collect as many cards as possible.

  5. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingKing battles

    Each group has a king and tries to take the other group's king prisoner.

  6. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: wooden sticks or flash lights or whistlesKnocking game

    A catching game in the dark.

  7. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingHiding

    A volunteer counts to 50 and then begins to look for the others. The players found must be tagged before he reaches the board and can tag himself free again.

  8. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothingThe snow trail

    A treasure hunt in the snow using tracks in the snow.

  9. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Smuggling goods (flour) and smuggling containers (tins, bags)Smuggling game

    Help! The smuggling mafia is around.

  10. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: ball or flagCapturing the flag

    A flag must be captured and defended.

  11. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing (or a flag)Thieves dens

    The half of the group are thieves and hide in the area. The others (cops) look for the robbers.

  12. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: 20-30 flagsCapturing flags and banners

    Several flags per group are hidden in the area. Spies can be sent out but can also be caught. The flags can be captured in the second half of the game.

  13. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: treasure (apple, sweet etc.), life band per each personBooty

    The group tries to bring treasure back to their own camp.

  14. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: candles, lighters, peasCandles and peas – a night time terrain game

    A smuggling game with peas and candles.

  15. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: nothing or only two flagsCastle Battles, Conquering Castles

    Which group can get the others flag and fly it in their own castle first?

  16. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: 2 flagsCapture the Flag

    2 teams who search for the flag of the other team in 2 similar sized areas.

  17. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: approx. 200 beer matsBison hunt

    The group members receive a beer mat as a spear. With this spear the bison are hunted.

  18. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: cards with numbers, safety pinsNumber hunt

    Discover as many of the opponent's numbers as possible without revealing your own number.

  19. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: various objectsRobbers game

    The squirrels hide their nuts in the playing field. The robbers are allowed to watch the squirrels from the edge of the playing field

  20. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: smuggling objects, life stringsPolice and smugglers

    Police and smugglers

  21. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: totem or nothingStealing the totem pole

    The task for each tribe is now to steal the totem from the other tribes and to defend their own totem.

  22. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: alarm clock, flag, treasureBomb commando

    A team has the task of blowing up a structure.

  23. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Wooden logs or other transportable objects (tons, beakers) and a camp flag for the marking.Gold bar transport

    Gold bars from different mines must be brought to a central bank. However transportation is dangerous because thieves are lurking everywhere.

  24. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: marking tapeRail track wars

    The railway track guards try to defend their track.

  25. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: Marking material (chalk, sawdust, coloured ribbons, treasure and task sheet).Scavenger hunt

    The classic scavenger hunt is still an exciting event for a children's birthday party.

  26. timeplacecategoryPersonspreparation timeMaterial: life strings, treasure, pieces of leather, fur, pearls Indians on the war path

    The task which the settlers face is to find some gold treasure. The Indian’s task is to gather up as many scalps as possible.


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