Finding time to play outside games not only makes you feel good, it is also really important way to stay healthy. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 best games to play outside with 2 players.

We have included a nice variety of games for mixed age groups. Both old games and new games. And they are incredibly simple yet addictive. Flexible and fun too!

01. Giant Jenga

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Video: Giant Jenga

Tip: Technically (unlike shown in the video above) you’re not allowed to touch any other blocks but the
block you want to take out, i.e. you’re not allowed to touch a block and then decides to take another one.

02. Hide and Seek

One person hides and the other person tries to find him/her. The player chosen as “it” locates the other player as the other player is not allowed to move. Playing this game helps you build stamina and also aids muscle development.

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=IlUGAlflEw0

03. Kick the Can

First of all, one person is designated “It”. Then an empty can is placed in the open field. When “It” counts to an agreed upon number (with eyes closed), the other player run and hide. “It” then tries to find the other (free) player. At the same time, “it” will need to keep a watchful eye on the can. The free player attempts to kick the can before “it” can tag him out. If the free player can kick the can without being caught, he wins. 

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=XaJaJi8b6yI

04. Potato Sack Race

Have your kids get inside the potato sack and hold it up by their hands. The fastest hopping kid wins the race. You can use pillowcases if sacks are not available. This game has a million variations. Each variation is as fun as the next.

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=7DiKpBmmbTo

05. Bean Bag Toss

Remember:
1. Place the bean bag toss boxes 30 feet apart
2. Each player gets two bean bags
3. If a player steps past the foul line, the bean bag is removed from play for that round
4. The victorious team must win by two points

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=dFyFc6Nzuis

06. Net Games

Net games are games where a net is a standard part of the game. Tennis, badminton, pickleball, table tennis, volleyball, footvolley, headis or sepak takraw or any other net games are a nice option for a 2 person outdoor game.

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=f6j6lb0AaxM

07. Flashlight Tag

Excellent game for developing good guerrilla warfare strategies in young minds. Participants can camouflage themselves with face paint for added effect. 

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=ZxTLUQpZUdc

08. Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling

Glow-in-the-Dark bowling is bowling with a little something extra that is sure to get your kids excited. You’ll need some plastic water bottles, glow sticks and a good sturdy ball to bowl down your glow-in-the-dark pins. You may also make some variations to suit your family. It’s great for indoor fun as well. A simple, inexpensive activity that will make your kids jump off the couch, turn off the TV and play.

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=qgg1zmT8r4M

09. The Walk of the Blind Man

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Video: The Walk of the Blind Man

Tip: You can do the simple obstacle course setup all by yourself. Just use things you have at hand.

10. Scavenger Hunt Kids Game

This is a game of quickly searching for objects inside and outside the house. Let your kids find the items one at a time. It’s fun to have a small prize at each item. You can have a prize or treat at the finish too. Each player has 2 minutes to race and find everything. When the time is up, the players show what they’ve gathered. This game encourages the skills of quick thinking, following directions and searching for objects.

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=VyWbtPHN4fo

11. Frozen T-shirt

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Video: Frozen T-shirt

Pro Tip: You can put the T shirt under your arm pits, because your arm pits give off a lot of body heat.

12. Digging For Dinosaurs

A fun game for kids. Bury some toy dinosaurs around in the yard and ask kids to find those. It will test their investigative abilities. You can even dress them up as a paleontologist or a dinosaur. Kids who love dinosaurs are sure to enjoy this game.

How to Play: youtube.com/watch?v=bqTXkAj-0Zk