5 garden games for kids

Free outdoor activities

These 5 garden games make it easy to entertain children outside on a hot day. Perfect for garden meet-ups or for when you want to take home-schooling outdoors. Let children burn off some energy while you enjoy the sunshine (and top up your tan!).
  • 5-10 minutes
  • 3+

1) Draw your own caterpillar hopscotch

What you’ll need:  chalk, surface such as patio or concrete

What to do:

  1. Draw a big circle with a face and antennae.
  2. Ask your little one to draw a chain of different coloured circles after the face and number them.
  3. Can your child hop or jump to each circle? How about jumping to specific numbers?

2) DIY 3 in a row

Use things around the garden to play this game of noughts or crosses.

What you’ll need: small stones, twigs, plus either sticks, string or chalk

What to do:

  1. Ask your child to find 5 small stones and 5 twigs.
  2. Make a grid with long sticks, string or chalk.
  3. Choose who will be sticks and who will be stones. Who can get 3 in a row first?

3) Easy to make beanbag toss

No bean bags? Just use pairs of socks!

What you’ll need: bean bags or socks paired together, 5 paper plates, pens

What to do:

  1. Write 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 on each paper plate and position outside.
  2. Try to throw your bean bags or socks to land on the paper plates. Who can score the most points?

4) Craft a set of loo roll skittles

Keep kids busy making and playing this popular game.

What you’ll need: 6 toilet roll tubes, paint or something else to decorate with, ball

What to do:

  1. Make the skittles. Ask your little one to decorate the tubes either with paint or stickers. Leave them to dry.
  2. Arrange the skittles in a triangle. Take it in turns to roll a ball and try to knock them all over.

5Treasure hunt: A game of hide and seek 

What you’ll need: pebbles, paint or glitter glue

What to do:

  1. Ask your little one to paint some pebbles in different ways or use glitter glue to make them special super speedily!
  2. Hide the pebbles around outside. How quickly can they find them? Let them know if they’re hot or cold if they find some that are particularly tricky to uncover!