Activities Games Ideas Summer

Awesome Garden Games!

Written by Rachel Cave

Let’s go outside and make the most of the sun,
Play some garden games and have lots of fun!
From quoits, frisbee and hopscotch too,
You’ll be spoilt for choice at which one to choose!

1) Quoits (Hoop throwing Game)

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This game involves throwing a rope or rubber hoop over a distance and land it around an object maybe a plastic peg that is coming out of the ground. Players take it in turn and the player with the most hoops around the object at the end wins.

2) Garden Golf

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Garden golf is a very easy game where all you will need is a few plastic golf clubs or bats. Placing 9 or 18 cricket wickets or any sort of stick into the ground and number them using paper triangles (get the kids to make these)

Place objects throughout the course such as grannie in a chair or a teddy bear’s picnic making it into a challenge.  Get the children (the big kids as well) to take it in turns to putt the ball and hit each post.

3) Popcorn Drop

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This easy relay race can work at a birthday party or a family fun day with any number of players. It’s most fun with four to eight players.

First, you’ll need to make two pairs of shoe cups. Use a pushpin to poke holes in the bottom of plastic cups. Push a wide rubber band through the holes, and secure it inside the cup with a paper clip.

To play: Split the players into two teams. The first player straps cups on their shoes and fills them with popcorn from a bag at the starting line. Then going from the line head to the other end of the course and dump the popcorn into a bucket, after the popcorn is dumped head back, and tag the next teammate.

The race is over when one of the bags of popcorn is empty. Measure the popcorn in the baskets to see which team actually got the most in.

4) Frisbee noughts and crosses

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Supersize tic-tac-toe is perfect for an outdoor birthday party. Flying disks and a shower curtain transform into an easy party game.

Use duct tape to block out squares on a shower curtain liner. Use more tape to mark which disks are Xs, or use colour to divide the teams.

Players stand behind a throw line and follow the rules of tic-tac-toe. If the disc lands off the board or in an occupied square, the player can throw again.

5) Hopscotch

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An oldie but a great game none the less, just need some chalk, somewhere to draw and something to throw such as a beanbag or a small stone.

6) Pretend to be pirates

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Let the kid’s imagination go wild with a bit of imaginative play. Dress up, put some blue sheeting down for ‘water’ and some cardboard boxes for ships and let the adventure begin.

 7) Make Mud Pies

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So this is very, very messy but so much fun.  Playing with sandpit toys/beach toys and using the mud to make mud pies, castles and more. Maybe do this in part of the garden where you wont mind the mess!

8) Make your own Tin Can Alley

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Collect up your recycled tins (with no sharp edges) and make your own tin can alley against a wall, throw either a small bean bag or ball. See who can knock over the most.

9) Build a den

Building a den in the garden is super easy, all you need is some bed sheets, blankets and a couple of chairs and cushions! Cosy up with a book and a hot chocolate if it’s chilly or get some shade if the sun has got his hat on! Amazon sell some cool den building kits if you are feeling a bit more adventurous! Buy here.

10) Children’s Croquet


Get this cute croquet set for the lawn (it can be brought indoors in winter too). A great way to learn how to play croquet. Get a set here

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