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7 Old School Activities Your Grandkids Will Love

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Do you remember the old school outdoor activities you used to play as a child?

Sharing the old school outdoor activities you played as a child is a great way to help them relate to the reasons you often refer to the ‘good ole days’, meaning the days when you were a child.

Playing these fun games with your grandkids is a great way to connect with them at a level far different than an indoor activity.

The recent outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has left

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parents scrambling with trying to juggle their time between kids, their job and navigating online classwork, just to mention a few of the challenges.

As a grandma you will likely be jumping into the arena to help your family get through this difficult time.

On the upside this time can be used to spend some extra time with your grandkids while giving their parents a break.

What better way to redirect their energy than to get them outside in the yard and enjoying time together as a family.

There are plenty of fun old school outdoor activities to share with them and break up the days while they also gain health benefits!

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This list of games gives you a new activity every day of the week. Each will bring back memories for you and have your grandchildren wondering why you didn’t teach them how to play sooner!

Favorite Old School Outdoor Activities

1 | Hide And Seek

Minimum number to play: 2
Equipment needed: None

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Kids can entertain themselves for hours with what is likely the most popular outdoor game played by grandparents!

I play this game often with my two-year old grandson. It is so precious when he gets the giggles and can’t stop laughing! ?

2 | Capture The Flag

Minimum number to play: 6
Equipment needed: None

This game is played in teams. If there are a few neighborhood kids to play or family visiting it is a perfect choice.

The goal is to capture the other team’s flag, which is located at the ‘home base.’

Where is the ‘home base?’

At the other end of the playing area.

Players try to get to the opposing teams flag, but if they are tagged by the other team’s players they get put in jail. To get out of jail teammates must cross into enemy territory and tag (touch) each one without getting caught themselves.

The first team to capture the opposite team’s flag wins! ?

3 | Simon Says

Minimum number to play: 2
Equipment needed: None

Are your grandkids getting a little bossy with each other from being cooped up inside?

If this sounds familiar head outside because this is the perfect game for them!

One child is chosen as ‘Simon’ and stands up in front of the other players. ‘Simon’ gives commands the other players must follow. Each command starts with “Simon says ….”

Examples might be

  • “Simon says touch your nose.”
  • “Simon says lift your right foot.”
  • “Simon says raise your left arm over your head.”
  • “Simon says sit down on your knees.”

Players are eliminated when they follow a command that does not start with “Simon says ….” For example, ‘Simon’ says, “Raise your right hand.”

The purpose of the game is to stay in it the longest.

The player that is the last to be eliminated is the winner and gets to be ‘Simon’ next!

4 | Red Rover

Minimum number to play: 6
Equipment needed: None

This one is an outdoor game grandparents will definitely remember! I recall playing it at almost every recess at school!

It takes a minimum of 4 or 5 kids on each team. Each team intertwines their arms together and the teams stand facing each other. They need to be a distance apart that allows running space in-between.

One team calls to the other team, “Red rover, red rover send [child’s name] right over!”

The child that has been called runs toward the opposing team and tries to break through. If able to break through, a person on that team is picked and taken back to their team with them.

If they don’t break through, they have to stay on that side and be part of the team.

When there isn’t any arms left to intertwine on one team, the other team wins!

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5 | Sly Fox

Minimum number to play: 2
Equipment needed: None

Sly Fox is a favorite for younger kids. They get the giggles trying to keep from getting ‘caught.’

One child is chosen to be the Fox, and faces away from the rest of the kids by a wall or imaginary line.

The other players stand in a line at a distance.

When the Fox isn’t looking, the other kids gradually inch forward to get closer to the fox. They are trying to get to the Fox without getting caught moving.

The Fox counts to 10 either to themselves or out loud at whatever speed they want. They cannot turn around until after they get to 10. Once at 10 they can turn around at any time. When the Fox turns around all the other players must ‘freeze’ – staying completely still in whatever position they were in.

If any of the kids behind them are caught moving they must go back to the starting place.

The first child that tags the fox without being seen moving wins and gets to be the Fox in the next round!

6 | Mother May I

Minimum number to play: 2
Equipment needed: None

One child is chosen to be ‘mother’, ‘father’ or ‘captain.’

The other children stand in a line at a distance. Each child takes a turn asking the mother if they make may a certain movement, starting with “Mother may I …..”

For example

  • Mother may I take 5 steps forward?
  • Mother may I hop six times?
  • Mother may I hop on my right foot 5 times?

The mother, father or captain replies with “Yes, you may,” or “No, you may not, but you may ______ instead.”

If the child making the request forgets to start with the words “Mother may I …?” they must return to the starting line.

The first child that reaches the mother wins and gets to be the mother, father or captain in the next round.

7 | Monkey In The Middle

Minimum number to play: 3
Equipment needed: Ball

Monkey In The Middle is a super simple game that comes in many versions. Try it with objects other than a ball.

How to play:

One player stands in the middle while the two others throw the ball back and forth to each other.

The player in the middle tries to intercept the ball.

Final Thoughts

Getting outside for some fun competition is a great way to step away from the typical online games and create new memories! This time spent together will be cherished forever.

I remember playing outside from sunup to sundown as a child, and my boys did the same growing up on our 1,000 acre ranch.

What are some other old school outdoor activities you have added to your list to play with your littles? Please share below so we can try them too!

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