Outdoor Games for Kids

Experts have said that there should be an equal balance between study and play for good health, better eyesight, and reduced anxiety. However, getting your kids outside to play might be a tough task, especially in the era of cellphones and video games. Therefore, we have collected a list of Indian outdoor games that parents can implement and encourage their children to play.



TOMATO An enjoyable outdoor game for kids

Everyone sits in a circle. One person who is it stands in the center of the circle. This person is called ” It.”

Each person asks the person who is “it” an appropriate question. The only answer to every question has to be answered as ” Tomato. ”

The first person to make the center person  ( It ) laugh wins a try in the middle.

Ex: What color is your hair? Tomato. What do you brush your teeth with? Tomato.

(Obviously, other funny Questions can be used for variety )

CAPTURE THE FLAG  – A favorite game to play outdoors

There are two teams.

Team 1 has the front yard, and Team 2 has the back yard, or a field was split between the two teams.  The teams are given a time period, like 5 minutes, to hide their flag in their part of the yard.

[optional] During this period, spies were sent out to see were the flag was hidden as well as look-outs to catch the spies.

When the flag is hidden, you call out that you are finished. Then you simply try to get the other teams to flag if you get caught and tagged by the opponent on their territory you had to go to jail and could only be freed by a teammate who grabs you when your opponent isn’t looking.

The first team to capture the flag wins.  In most versions, you had to both get the flag and bring it back to your side.

DOGGY DOGGY WHERE’S  THE BONE? – A common outdoor game

It’s also an inside game. A student played the part of the dog. He or she sat in a chair with their back to the class. An eraser or another object was put under the chair. That was the bone. While the dog was turned around with his or her eyes closed, someone would sneak up and steal the bone and hide it somewhere on his person. Then everyone would sing: Doggy, Doggy, where’s your bone? Somebody’s stole it from your home. Guess who it might be you. Then the dog has three chances to guess who took it. Sometimes it was left under his or her chair. If the dog guessed right then, he got to do it again. If he guessed wrong, then the person who had the bone got a turn as the dog.

HIDE AND SEEK – Most popular Outdoor game

First, you pick someone to be it (the person to seek), then he/she turns around and counts with their eyes closed at the “base” while the rest of the people hide.  Then “It,” says “Ready or Not, Here I Come,” and rushes to find everyone.  Then the people try to get to base without getting tagged, or else they are “It.”  If the person who is “It” doesn’t get someone in three tries, he gets to pick a man to be it!


Seven students were in front of the class. The class laid their heads on their desk. The seven went out, and each touched a person. That person would stick his or her thumb up. Then the seven would say “heads up seven up,” and each student got one chance to guess which of the seven touched him If they guessed right than they changed places. If they did not, the same person got to stay up.


In this game, one person plays the “stoplight,” and the rest try to touch him/her.

At the start, all the children form a line about 15 feet away from the stoplight.

The stoplight faces away from the line of kids and says, “green light.” At this point, the kids are allowed to move towards the stoplight.

At any point, the stoplight may say “red light!” and turn around. If any of the kids are caught moving after this has occurred, they are out.

Play resumes when the stoplight turns back around and says, “green light.”

The stoplight wins if all the kids are out before anyone is able to touch him/her.

Otherwise, the first player to touch the stop light wins the game and earns the right to be “stoplight” for the next game.

Simon Says

One person is chosen to be “Simon”; the others stand in a straight line.

Simon then calls out an action for the children to follow. It can be anything like…. touch your toes jump 10 times on 1 foot…… The Simon, when giving an action, can simply state the action by itself…” touch your ears,” and whoever does it is out and has to sit down. Or Simon can say, “Simon says, touch your ears,” and them everyone must follow the instruction. You can vary the actions according to the age group of children you are playing with. The last person who is standing can then be “Simon”! This game is very common and easy to play.

Wolf’s Dinner Time 

One player becomes the wolf, and he/she will stand with his/her back turned to the others about 15 feet from the others. The others call out, “What’s the time Mr. Wolf” and the wolf turns to face the others and shouts out a time. E.g., at 9 o’clock. The others would then take 9 steps toward the wolf. The group will take the same amount of steps toward the wolf as the amount of hours in the wolf’s time. eg, 4 o’clock = 4 steps, 6 o’clock = 6 steps etc. etc. The wolf will then turn his back to the group again for them to yell, “what’s the time….” (He looks at the group only when he shouts the time at the group”).

When the group comes close to the wolf the next time, the group yells “what’s the time Mr. Wolf” the wolf will say ‘Its DINNER TIME” and run after the group who are running back to the start line, and hopefully catch one of the groups who will then be the wolf. It sounds noisy, but it is an interesting game.

Doors & Windows

Here, kids form a circle holding their hands. Then they would spread out enough that everyone’s arms were straight out, to form large spaces between kids. These were the windows and doors. Then one child would start running and weaving in and out between children. As they did this, the kids in the circle would randomly drop their arms down, trying to touch or trap the person weaving their way in and out. Once the person was caught or touched by the arms of someone, they were out. They would then choose which person would be next to weave in and out of the windows and doors