Fun summer games

Fun DIY Outdoor Games for Summer

To help you gear into the festive season, we have put together a list of super fun outdoor games for summer! These games are family-friendly, which means that everyone can get involved. From old-fashioned garden games to entertaining twists on grown-up games, these games have something for everyone.

Easy DIY Family-Friendly Outdoor Games for Summer

Outdoor games are not just a good way for kids to get out of your hair. They will also help improve coordination, balance, problem-solving skills, fine and gross motor skills, and various other essential skills that kids need to thrive. Keep reading to get our top picks on fun games for kids to play outside.

Ladder Toss

Ladder Toss

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Easy to play, with very little needed in the way of equipment, the object of this game is to toss bean bags or balls on ropes through different ladder rugs. Each rung gives the tosser different points. You could also use tennis balls instead of bean bags if you are playing on the lawn.

Glow in the Dark Bowling

Glow in The dark bowling


Another easy game that is plenty of fun, this game uses empty bottles and glow sticks to create glowing neon bowling pins. Even the littlest members of the family will soon get the hang of the game. Missing is a huge part of the fun. Playing in the dark adds even more to the game.

Cup Races

Cup races


Boys and girls alike will have plenty of fun with this game. Cut or drill small holes at the bottom of plastic or polystyrene cups, then thread the cups onto long bits of string. Make sure the cups can move easily on the string. You can then place the string in 2-4 rows, attaching ends to trees, braais, outdoor seating, washing lines or even walls. The aim of the game is to use water pistols to move the cup to the finish line.

Scooter Races

Scooter Races


Scooter races are a great way to let off steam. You can organise these in your road in front of your house, or in your garden if you have a safe, hard surface that is suitable. For littlies, keep the race short and simple with the help of an adorable Mini Scooter from Clever Little Monkey. For bigger kids, you could add challenges such as relays to make things more fun.

Looking for more ideas on how to keep the kids busy these holidays? Browse our range of outdoor toys to see what else we have in stock. You can also share your favourite outdoor games in the comments below.

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