Top 23 Outdoor Games the Whole Family Can Play and Enjoy

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Family time is crucial in building healthy relationships with loved ones, especially with the coming holiday season. Outdoor games are perfect for bonding and having fun while enjoying nature. With a wide variety of outdoor games out there, here’s a list of the top 23 outdoor games you can play with the whole family.

1. Cornhole: This classic game is a crowd favorite. All you need are two boards with holes, bean bags, and a healthy dose of competitive spirit. The objective is to toss the bean bags on the opposing board’s hole as many times as possible.

2. Ladder Toss: This game requires precision as players aim to swing their weighted balls at the ladders. The objective is to wrap your ball around the rungs of the ladder, with points depending on which rung the ball lands on.

3. Jenga: A giant version of the classic block game, where you stack wooden blocks and take turns removing them without toppling the tower.

4. Capture the Flag: This game is perfect for larger groups. Divided into teams, each team tries to capture the other team’s flag.

5. Hide-and-Seek: A classic game that needs no explanation.

6. Bocce: A game that originated in ancient Rome, where the objective is to get your ball closest to the target ball or ‘pallino.’

7. Croquet: With mallets and balls, players navigate a course attempting to hit their ball through a series of wickets in the correct order.

8. Tag: Simple but fun, tag has been a favorite for generations. Whoever is “it” chases the other players trying to tag them.

9. Hopscotch: A classic game loved by children and adults. Draw a hopscotch design on the ground with chalk and take turns hopping from square to square.

10. Badminton: With a net separating two sides, players use rackets to hit a shuttlecock back and forth.

11. Scavenger Hunt: Set up clues for the players to follow and either collect objects or reach a final goal.

12. Horseshoes: The objective is to throw horseshoes around a stake in the ground, scoring points based on how close they land.

13. Twister: A colorful mat with dots, where players must place their hands and feet on the corresponding circles as directed by the spinner.

14. Tug of War: Divided into teams, players try to pull the other team across a line in the center.

15. Spikeball: This game is like a cross between volleyball and four square, with players bouncing a ball onto a net towards the opposing team.

16. Connect Four: Players take turns dropping colored discs into a vertical board, trying to connect four of their color in a row.

17. Dominoes: With tiles and numbers, players take turns placing tiles in a line, matching them up based on matching numbers.

18. Ring Toss: Players toss rings onto pegs, scoring points based on which peg they land on.

19. Obstacle Course: Set up a course in your yard using various materials such as cones, jumps, and crawl spaces. Race against each other and test your agility.

20. Kick the Can: A game where one player is “it,” while the rest try to kick a can before being tagged.

21. Sack Race: With burlap sacks over their legs, players try to hop as fast as possible to reach the finish line.

22. Volleyball: A classic game of hitting a ball back and forth over the net.

23. Kickball: Similar to baseball, but with a large rubber ball that is kicked instead of hit with a bat.

Outdoor games are a fun and easy way to bring the whole family together while enjoying fresh air. Try out some of these exciting games and create memories that will last a lifetime. From the classic cornhole to the fast-paced spikeball, there’s something for everyone on this list. Get outside, have fun, and enjoy playing these outdoor games with the whole family!

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