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The Best Kid’s Outdoor Games

By Melissa Summers

Last week the kids in the neighborhood sent a three-year-old little girl to the hospital with a dislocated elbow after a not particularly rough game of Red Rover. You realize what this means, right? NO MORE NEIGHBORHOOD OUTDOOR GAMES! Not really but it did get me thinking about finding some alternative games which hopefully won’t maim the neighbors.

Blob Tag

Blob Tag seems a little safer for those delicate arm and elbow sockets. You need a medium or large group of players for this version of tag. The ‘blob’ starts off as two players with linked elbows this team tags as many people as they can who then join the blob. The game is over when everyone has been absorbed into the Blob.


Clothespin Tag

Clothespin Tag requires a marked playing field, 5 clothespins for each player and a reasonably large group of players (about six or more). Players try to collect as many clothespins as they can in the allotted time, the player with the most clothespins wins.

Firefly Tag

Firefly Tag is played either in the dark or the twilight. You need three or more players who can count silently to 60, and a flashlight. One player is the firefly leaving the group with the flashlight in hand while counting silently to 60. The rest of the players count to 100 and then start out to find the “firefly”. As the Firefly hides and runs from the rest of the players, she must flash her light every time she counts to 60.

02-refrigerator.jpgRefrigerator Tag

Refrigerator Tag would be super fun to play with my daughter. You need 5 or more players and four objects to be bases. The bases are called “Don’t Like It”, “Love It”, “It’s Okay”, “Never Tried It”. The person who’s ‘It’ calls out the name of a food and tries to tag someone as they run to the base of their choice. Hint: If you’re playing with my daughter position your self in front of “Don’t Like It”.


Summer’s almost over so get your kids outside before they’re trapped back inside all winter.

Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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TV tag was big when I was growing up. Someone is “It”, and if you’re about to be tagged you create an instant base by dropping into a crouch and shouting the name of a TV show that no one else has named yet. If you can’t get the whole name of a show out before you’re tagged, you’re it, and if you say the name of a show someone else said, you’re it. Then again, when I was a kid, we only had 4 channels….there may be too many tv shows for this game to work anymore.

andrea from the fishbowl

lol – yeah, I remember TV tag too.
Hide and Seek is the classic outdoor game. You can’t beat it.