Outdoor Games | Forest Games | City Games
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.
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.
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.
- Stamp game
Each group must collect as many stamp prints as possible.
- Bigger or better
Swap an item against something bigger or better from members of the public.
- Everything’s bananas
Give your group a list of things which they must measure in banana lengths.
- Town 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.
- Picture hunt as picture quiz
Distinctive town features must be photographed from unusual perspectives and questions must be answered.
- Three sticks
In this racy adventure game the opponent's castle must be stormed and the prisoners freed.
- A smuggling game with puzzle pieces
Different pieces of a puzzle must be smuggled.
- Adventure cards
In this adventure game the object is to collect as many cards as possible.
- King battles
Each group has a king and tries to take the other group's king prisoner.
- Knocking game
A catching game in the dark.
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.
- The snow trail
A treasure hunt in the snow using tracks in the snow.
- Smuggling game
Help! The smuggling mafia is around.
- Capturing the flag
A flag must be captured and defended.
- Thieves dens
The half of the group are thieves and hide in the area. The others (cops) look for the robbers.
- Capturing 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.
The group tries to bring treasure back to their own camp.
- Candles and peas – a night time terrain game
A smuggling game with peas and candles.
- Castle Battles, Conquering Castles
Which group can get the others flag and fly it in their own castle first?
- Capture the Flag
2 teams who search for the flag of the other team in 2 similar sized areas.
- Bison hunt
The group members receive a beer mat as a spear. With this spear the bison are hunted.
- Number hunt
Discover as many of the opponent's numbers as possible without revealing your own number.
- Robbers 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
- Police and smugglers
Police and smugglers
- Stealing the totem pole
The task for each tribe is now to steal the totem from the other tribes and to defend their own totem.
- Bomb commando
A team has the task of blowing up a structure.
- Gold bar transport
Gold bars from different mines must be brought to a central bank. However transportation is dangerous because thieves are lurking everywhere.
- Rail track wars
The railway track guards try to defend their track.
- Scavenger hunt
The classic scavenger hunt is still an exciting event for a children's birthday party.
- 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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