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7 Fun Games to Play With Little Kids

Kids have way more than enough quiet-time activities. What kids today need more of is active activities. Of course, getting your kids to just go out and play isn’t as easy as it was when we were young. Kids today find being outside boring. Let’s look at some fun games for kids to play to get them active.

7 Fun Games to Play with Little Kids

Fun Games to Play with Little Kids to Get Them Active

Tug of War

Tug of war is something that can be played with an old piece of rope, a jump rope, or whatever you have lying around. It’s a great game for kids to play during family events.

tug of war

Simon Says

A game of Simon Says is always fun. You can throw things in like, “Simon says jump around on one foot or run in place.” Remember to throw in a phrase without the Simon says part to see who slips up and does the action. This game can go on for hours and can be played over and over again.

Hot Potato

Chances are you remember playing hot potato. Someone plays music while the others pass an object around in a circle as fast as they can. The person playing the music stops the music and whoever is holding the object is out of the game. Keep doing this until only one person is left. A great twist is to play this game outside using water balloons.

Hide and Seek

Another oldie but goodie is hide and seek. This can be played indoors or out and, again, the bigger the space the better.

hide and seek

Obstacle Course

Something easy, but so much fun for kids is to create an obstacle course for them. You can have a course for them to ride on their bikes, an area to run through, a place to stop and do jumping jacks, and a place to jump rope. Just have fun with it.


Tag is an excellent game for kids to play to get them active. The larger the area your kids have to play in the more running they’ll get in. If you have the chance to take the kids to the park, that would be a wonderful place for them to play a game of tag.

kids playing tag

Duck, Duck, Goose

Last, but not least, Duck, Duck, Goose is a very active game. The way it works is kids sit in a circle and one child walks around the circle tapping the others on the head and saying duck each time until he decides to say goose. The person tagged as goose jumps up and tries to catch the person that tagged her before he runs around the circle and sits down. If the person manages to catch the person that tagged her, she keeps her spot in the circle. If not, she takes over as the tagger.

These fun games to play with little kids are sure to get your little ones active. If you want to encourage your children to move more, use these fun games as a starting point. For an educational game, try this jumping bean phonics game.

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