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Number of players: 2 or more

  In this basketball game, everyone takes turns shooting baskets from positions that circle around the basketball hoop.  To move from one point to the next, players must successfully make the shot in their current position. When a player misses a shot, he or she gets one more chance to make it. The catch is, If the person misses again, that player must go back to the first spot and start over.  I had lots of fun with this game growing up.

Ball Race :

Number of players: 2 or more  

For this fun racing game, you will need a large, open field, at least two players, and one soccer ball or kickball per player.  The players start out together, side by side .  The objective is to kick the ball to the finish line without crossing another player’s ball. Whenever this happens the player must start again.  The first player to kick their ball all the way past the finish line is the winner.

Classic Outdoor Sports :

Number of players: 2 or more

Some of the most common outdoor activities are the classic sports.  Basketball, soccer, kickball, tennis, dodgeball, whiffle ball, badminton, football, volleyball and hockey can all be adapted to meet your level of play and the shape and size of your playing field. Many stores sell equipment that allows you to play multiple sports using the same equipment, but you can also make do with what you have on hand. These classic sports are sure to entertain children for hours on end and can easily burn off all that excess energy.

Coin Toss :

Number of players: 2 or more

This fun counting game requires a handful of change, a plastic container and a small kiddie pool.  Prepare this game by filling a pool with water and then floating a plastic container in the pool.
Have all players stand a couple feet away from the pool and divvy out the change evenly.  The game consists of participants taking turns tossing a coin into the pool, with points awarded when they sink a coin into the container.
Players keep track of their individual scores.  Pennies count as one point, nickels are five points, etc.  Whoever scores the highest number of points wins!  You can make this game more challenging, or make it easier by changing the diameter size of the container.

FlashLight Tag :

Number of players: 2 or more

This third twist of tag is best played in the dark. One player is picked to be “it” and holds a flashlight in hand.  The other players must run away from the player who is “it.”  “It” tags other players by shining the flashlight beam on them.  The last player standing becomes “it” for the next round.

Football Fortune :

Number of players: 2 or more

Want to sharpen your math skills?  This game requires a large open area, a football, and at least three players.  It also helps to have someone who willing to keep score. Prior to starting the game, all players must decide on a winning score value, and pick specific numbers that will cause players to lose all of their points along the way. One player throws the football and yells out a point value.  The player who catches the ball wins that number of points. The first person to reach or exceed the winning number wins.  Of course, if you catch the ball and your score adds up to a losing number, you lose all your points and must start over again.


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