Fun Outdoor Games and Ways to Create Your Own

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Libraries offer plenty of ways to discover fun outdoor games. Or, learn how to create your own.
By Clare Curley

Even on the sunniest of days, the lure of television and video games can keep you indoors. But there are troves of treasure waiting to be discovered at your local library. Libraries are not just for doing homework; they also have countless activity books, Web sites and fun outdoor events that you can check out.

Books contain all kinds of secrets and fun things to do outside, such as how to find animal tracks in the city.

Do you like adventures? Then The Adventurous Book of Outdoor Games: Classic Fun for Daring Boys and Girls by Scott Strother is the book for you. The book is filled with daring and adventurous games, such as Indian Wrestling, Potsy and You’re Under Arrest!, all invented by kids like you.

Learn how to play Freeze Tag, Capture the Flag, Balloon Blanket Toss and more games with Run, Jump, Hide, Slide, Splash: The 200 Best Outdoor Games Ever by Joe Rhatigan and Rain Newcomb. The book lists the number of players necessary, the equipment, and where the best place is to play the game. Try out the games and perhaps you can come up with an even cooler version.

Linda Perkins, a librarian at Berkeley Public Library in California knows how to have fun in the summer with Earth Ball, where players must keep a large, soft ball in the air by passing it to each other. Teams earn a point each time they can keep the ball off the ground. Or try Circle Time Trial, where the whole group lies down on the floor in a circle or oval shape with heads in the center and the feet on the outer. Place the Earth Ball on a participants’ stomach and time how quickly the team can roll the ball once around the circle.

Libraries offer fun activities that you can take part in. In the summertime, Berkeley Public Library offers craft-making classes among other fun events. Ohio’s Bucyrus Public Library offers classes on how to make bowling pins out of cups and sand for outdoor bowling.

To learn about fun activities and upcoming events, ask your parents to take you to the library or help you browse your local library’s Web site. Reach out to libraries because librarians know how to have a lot of fun!

Recommended Resources

The Family Book: Amazing Things to Do Together
From Scholastic

Complete Handbook of Indoor and Outdoor Games and Activities for Young Children
By Jean R. Feldman

Great Big Book of Children’s Games: Over 450 Indoor and Outdoor Games for Kids
By Debra Wise

Great Games: Old and New, Indoor, Outdoor, Ball, Board, Card & Word
By Sam Taggar, Susan Williamson, and Michael Kline

Everyone Wins!: Cooperative Games and Activities
By Josette Luvmour and Sambhava Luvmour

The Outrageous Outdoor Games Book
By Bob Greyson

Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, & Ha Ha Ha: A Rulebook of Children’s Games
By Jack Macguire

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