Best Backyard Games

The weather is starting to warm up again and the sun is staying out longer, which means there’s more time for play! On these warmer days, it’s great to get outside and play. Here are three great backyard games that you can play with your family and friends that everyone can enjoy. 

Red Rover

This game is best to play with a lot of friends. Divide your friends into two teams. The teams then stand in a line, side by side, holding hands on opposite sides of the yard from each other. One player from one team calls out a player from the other team to come over by yelling, “Red rover, red rover, send [player’s name] on over!” The person who was called has to run to the other team and try to break the chain by running through two players who are holding hands. If that person breaks the chain, they get to go back to their original team and call someone from the opposing team over. If they don’t break the chain, they have to join the team that called them over. You keep playing like this until only one team has all the players.

Duck, Duck, Goose

In this classic game, everyone sits in a circle on the grass. One person, the last to sit down, must remain standing outside the circle. That person then walks around the circle, tapping players on the head and say, “duck.” They can “duck” as many players as they want until they decide to choose someone to be a “goose.” When they tap that player on the head and say “goose,” the chase begins. The player who was tapped as the “goose” must chase the person who tapped them on the head, around the circle. If the “ducker” is tagged, the “goose” gets to keep their seat in the circle and the “ducker” has to go around again. If the “ducker” makes it back to the “goose’s” seat, then they get to sit in the circle and the “goose” is now the “ducker.”

Freeze Tag

 Another game great for large groups, is freeze tag, Just like traditional tag, one player is “it” and chases the other kids around trying to tag them. But in this version, when another player is tagged by whomever is “it,” they must freeze in that position and remain frozen until another player, who has not been tagged, taps them to unfreeze them. The game continues until all runners have been frozen and then a new person becomes “It”. There are multiple versions of this game out there, some involve music or call for players to crawl under the legs of frozen players to unfreeze them.