Even if your kids don’t play organized sports there are plenty of sports games they will love. The trick is to have a list or Activity Jar filled with different sports games ideas that they can play when they can’t think of a single thing to do!

Summer is quickly approaching and that means more time for the kids to spend outside now and when school is out. And at about a week into summer holidays, the two dreaded words from your kids begin to make an appearance.

“I’m bored.”

Well, not for long! Here’s a list of ten sports games that will keep your kids moving, and as an added bonus, help build their physical literacy skills too!

10 Sports Games That Will Get Your Kids Moving

Dodge Ball
Remember this from grade school? The rules are simple – avoid being hit by the opposing team’s ball. Invite a few friends over to play in the backyard or make your way with them to the nearest park. Large foam balls are best for this high-energy game.

Monkey Bars
What kid doesn’t like monkey bars? Take a family bike ride down to the park and make a game out of it. Have the kids do simple maneuvers on the bars to show you they can do it and then get them to try out a few trickier things. Pull ups, one arm hang, climbing across forwards then backwards. You, and they, may be amazed at what they can do.

Great for a group, Manhunt is basically Hide and Seek in reverse. A single person or a small group hides while everyone else looks for them. The game goes on until all the hiders (fugitives) have been found and tagged by the seekers (also called cops or hunters).

Sack Races
It may look easy, until they try it! Sack races are a lot of fun and a blast to watch. Sacks are an inexpensive toy to purchase that encourages active outdoor fun or you can use large pillow cases. If you live near a rural area, consider visiting an animal supply store and ask to buy empty feed “real” sacks.

Four Square
All you need is chalk, a driveway and a ball to play four square. Draw a large square and make 4 squares within it, number each square from 1-4. The player is square 4 serves the ball by bouncing it in their square once and sending it towards another square and the receiver must bounce it to another square. You are out if a player hits the ball so that it misses another player’s square, or fails to hit the ball before the second bounce after it has landed in their square. When a player is out, the other players move up to take their place, and that player moves to the last square, or to the end of the line, if there are more than four players. The object of the game is to move up to and hold the server’s position

Hacky Sack
A good game for a few players. This game is played by kicking a hacky sack from one player to another. Players cannot use their hands but can use their feet, knees, and legs. Kids can get very creative with this game!

Have one child throw a football or baseball to a group of other children. The thrower chooses a point value before the throw and announces it to the other players. Whoever catches the throw gets those points. The first person to 500 points wins. The winner is the new thrower.

You only need a few of their friends, a kickable ball and some space to set up a soccer game. Join in for a fun kids versus parents game – the winner has to provide the healthy soccer snacks to rehydrate everyone!

Skipping Rope Games
This classic game requires only a skipping rope and enthusiasm! Once your tiny skipper has mastered the basics, try drills like skipping faster, on one foot or turning the rope backyards.

Monkey in the Middle
Play the traditional game with three children, or if you have a crowd try this variation: Draw a large circle on the ground. One person stands in the center (the monkey) and everyone else stands outside the circle. A player outside circle throws the ball through the circle to another person outside the circle. This continues until the monkey catches the ball or gains possession because of a missed catch. Whoever threw the ball last then becomes the monkey, and replaces the person in the middle. 

Armed with these active games and summer days full of sunshine, my guess is that the dreaded B word won’t be heard until that first homework assignment comes home in September!

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Boredom Busters 10 Sports Games to get your kids moving