Suitable Outdoor Games for Children Ages 5-7

Updated February 21, 2017

Most children ages 5 to 7 enjoy playing outside, and there are numerous outdoor games to keep them engaged and entertained. Play some of the games with as few as two people or invite the entire neighbourhood to join you. Some of the games are more fun with more people.

Freeze Tag

This game involves speed and agility. When playing freeze tag, one child is "it," and she chases the other children, trying to tag them. Once a child is tagged, he must "freeze" and stay in one place. Any other child can unfreeze the tagged child by tapping him on the shoulder or crawling under his spread legs. The goal is for the player who is "it" to tag all the other players so they are frozen. The last child tagged becomes "it" in the next round.

Jail Break

Jail Break is a combination of hide and seek and tag. One child is "it" while the other kids hide. The "It" player closes his eyes and counts out loud to 20. Once he reaches 20, he looks for the hidden children. When he spies a child, he must tag them and send them to "jail," which is typically a porch, section on the driveway or lawn or the base of a tree. Children who have not been tagged try to free the "jailed" children by stepping on the "jail" space. When this occurs the kids yell "jailbreak," and everyone is free to hide again. The game starts over once everyone is in "jail."


Pig is a game of skill, luck and spelling that can be played if you have an adjustable basketball hoop. The children take turns shooting baskets. If the first child makes the basket, the other children must try to make the same shot from the same position. If a child does not make the basket, he gets the letter "p." This continues until someone ends up spelling "pig." You can use other words to play, as well, to keep the game challenging.

Water Limbo

On hot days, get the hose out for some creative fun. One game you can play when it is hot is water limbo. Hook a water hose up to an outside faucet. Line the children up and turn on the water. Hold the hose so the water streams out of it in an arc about waist high. Have each child lean backwards and walk under the water. The goal is to not get wet. If a child gets wet, he is out of the game. After each child has gone under the water, lower the hose a little so it becomes more challenging for each round. The last person to stay dry is the limbo leader.

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Jennifer Erchul has been a freelance writer since 2002. Writing primarily about family and travel, her work has appeared in the "Idaho State Journal," "Portnuef Valley Parents Magazine" and "Western Flyfisher." She writes for numerous websites and is a published author. Erchul studied English and psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.