10 Outdoor Games that are Educational

Outdoor games are a great way to get your children active and provide them with much needed physical activity. But many of these games can also stimulate their minds. 

If you are a parent and are trying to come up with outdoor games for your child to play, it’s likely you will want to find one that covers all bases when it comes to providing mental and physical stimulation. With that in mind, here are some activities that are recommended. 

  • I have played these games with my children. 
  • These games are fun and mentally stimulating. 
  • These games are safe. 

Table of Contents

  • Hopscotch
  • Water Play
  • Jumping Rope
  • Step Counting
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Play Ball
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Outdoor Memory Game
  • Giant Board Games

1. Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a great way to teach children about numbers and shapes. They will have to draw out the grid which consists of at least nine squares and write a number in each square.

Hopping around the board will give them a good dose of physical activity, and the steps taken in drawing the board and navigating it will increase their motor skills.

2. Water Play

Playing in a kiddie pool is a great way to cool off on a hot day, but it can also turn into a mathematical lesson.

Add items like measuring cups and spoons to the water. Encourage your child to fill and empty them so they can learn about things like density, weight and measurements. 

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3. Jumping Rope

Jump rope is great for helping children develop both math and reading skills.

While jumping, encourage them to count how many times they are able to make it through the rope. 

Jumping rope also goes hand with the ‘A my name is’ game. While jumping, children recite a nursery rhyme that goes something like this:

‘A’ my name is Amy

And my husband’s name is Adam

And we come from Alabama

And we sell apples. 

It is up to the child to come up with the appropriate nouns and pronouns and then make their way through the alphabet without missing a beat!

4. Step Counting

This is a great one for teaching children to count. 

Make a starting point and a finish line. Have your child get to the finish line in different ways. They could take baby steps, giant steps, jump or run. Have them count how many steps it takes them to reach their destination. 

5. Lemonade Stand

This old-fashioned type of outdoor play is a great way to teach math, as well as valuable life skills.

Everything from making the lemonade to figuring out how much to charge for it to making change for neighbors to providing excellent customer service will be terrific for increasing mental capacity and getting children ready for the real world.

They will also make a couple of bucks!

6. Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt can be a great educational experience. 

Depending on the age of your child, you can provide them with a list of items to find that can be written out or drawn on a piece of paper. If you write the items, it will challenge their reading skills. If they are too young to read, and you have to draw the items, it will help them develop identification skills.

If you also want to boost math skills, have them find a certain number of each item. For instance, you can have them find 3 leaves, 5 branches, 4 flowers, and so on.

7. Play Ball

Math skills can also be developed in something as simple as a ball game. Kids can throw or kick a ball back and forth and count how many times they are able to do so without dropping it or letting it go into a foul zone. 

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8. Sidewalk Chalk

This type of free play is great for developing a child’s creativity. Just give them a piece of chalk and some open sidewalk and let their imagination run wild!  Keep score, tally individual points, see who can throw the farthest and then measure the throw, etc.

9. Outdoor Memory Game

The Memory Game is a popular one when it comes to teaching children recognition. 

The game consists of a set of cards, each with an image on it. For each card, there is another with a matching image. 

The cards are turned over so the images can’t be seen. 

Children turn over two cards at a time trying to find a match. Once they find all the matches, they win the game. The game can be played alone or against an opponent. 

Parents can make this game suitable for outdoor play by making giant cards with images and laying them face down on the lawn. Children can then enjoy some fresh air while developing their memory skills.

10. Giant Board Games

There are a number of board games that are available in giant size and made of weather-resistant materials that are specifically recommended for lawn play. Some examples of ones that will challenge the mind include checker, chess and Connect 4. Children will have fun and learn valuable lessons about strategy while playing these games. 

If you are planning outdoor activities for your child to play, these are all great ways to teach them important skills while getting them some exercise and fresh air. Which will you be playing with your child? 

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