Autumn’s arrival brings many beloved things to our home – crisp air and cool nights, falling leaves, pumpkins, and apple cider. But the best thing that autumn brings are the games. Each year we get together with friends and play games outside with a bunch of kids.
Here are some of our favorites that you can share with your friends and family.
Donut Bobbing: Hang 2 donuts from a string. Kids put hands behind their backs and race to eat the donut. The first to eat the entire donut wins.
1. Box of donuts. We use small powdered donuts because really, what’s more fun than a face covered in white powdered sugar!
2. String. Or yarn, or whatever you have lying around.
3. A place to hang donuts.
Mummy Wrap: Divide kids up into teams of 2 and give them a roll of toilet paper. On go, the teams race against each other to see who can wrap their mummy first!
Supplies: Toilet paper
Here’s a lesson I learned the hard way. I went to the Dollar Store and bought the cheapest toilet paper I could find. After all, it was only for a game! What the kids found out as they wrapped their mummies is the tp tears very easily. The older kids thought it was fun when the toilet paper tore and they got creative tucking it into the wraps, but the little ones got very frustrated. I’d suggest buying stronger toilet paper for the younger ones, and cheap for the older kids.
Clothes Race Game: Expect a lot of falling down and a lot of laughing with this game!
- Place clothes in laundry baskets. Each team will have their own basket so it is important to put an even amount of clothes in each basket. For instance, if you put a hat in one basket, make sure you put a hat in the other basket.
- Divide yourselves into 2 teams.
- Choose and mark a start line.
- Place baskets at the other end of the yard, away from the start line.
- Line teams up on the start line, facing their baskets.
- On GO, one player from each team races to their basket and puts on 1 piece of clothing. That player then runs back to the start line and tags the next player on his team.
- The second player then races to the basket and puts on a piece of clothing, races back to the start line and tags the next player on his team.
- The race continues until one team is wearing all the clothing in their basket, and everyone is back on the start line.
- 2 laundry baskets or similar sized containers
- Yard or large area in which to play
- Variety of clothes (the bigger and wilder the better!)
- Referee to say GO
- 4 or more kids
Ideas of what to put in the baskets: Hats, Pocketbooks, Scarves, Big pairs of pants, Shirts, Shoes, Slippers, Winter coats, Belts, Bathrobes, Gloves.
Variation: To play with 2 kids, set everything up the same. On GO, race to your basket, put on all the clothes, and race back to the start line. The first one to cross the start line wearing all their clothes is the winner.
Pumpkin Games (for obvious reasons, these games need to be played in the order presented!)
1. Pumpkin toss: Divide kids into pairs. Each pair tosses a pumpkin back and forth. For each successful catch each child must step one step further apart. The team to do the furthest catch wins.
2. Pumpkin Smashing: Kids can keep the same teams they had for the toss. The winning team is the one who can put 20 pumpkin seeds into a bowl. The kids have fun smashing their pumpkins, and digging through the pulp to get seeds.
3. Seed spitting contest: Wash the seeds from the pumpkin smashing games. Line kids up and see who can spit their seeds the farthest. As an added bonus, you’ll have surprise pumpkin plants sprouting up in the spring!
Do you have any outdoor games your kids like to play? Tell us about them in the comments!