10 Playground Games for Kids

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Let’s Play, but all opinions are my own.I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered with Let’s Play as a 2015 Play Ambassador! Let’s Play is an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group that provides kids and families with the tools, places and inspirationto make play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple partners with two non-profit organizations (KaBOOM! and Good Sports) to build/improve playgrounds and provide grants for sports equipment.


Kids need to play outside. They do. They need the opportunity to run and use their energy to explore. Play is one of the building blocks of childhood.

There are so many benefits to play. Personally, my boys love a trip to the playground and taking your kids to the playground is beneficial in more ways than you realize.

There are so many opportunities to learn and grow with amazing activities for kids!WHY OUR KIDS NEED PLAYGROUND PLAY

Our Kids Need Playground Time

You may not have ever thought about this until now, but playground play helps our children develop in the following areas.

  • Social Growth– playing with friends is one of the basic keys to learning to communicate with others.
  • Imagination and Creativity Growth– open ended play, like that you will find at the playground are awesome opportunities for children to use their imagination. Watch you kiddos as they grow in this area. I love seeing my boys use their imagination.
  • Problem Solving Skills– as they play at the playground they will encounter risk and challenges. This is a great opportunity to be challenged with persistence and perseverance.
  • Increased Self-worth– as games are mastered and friendships grow, your kiddos will become more confident in their own abilities. It is such a beautiful thing to watch!

Ready for some super fun games you can play at the playground? Here are 10 of our favorite things to do as a family and with friends when we head to our favorite park!

(To learn more about some of the benefits of playground play, check out my blog on LetsPlay.com! )

10 playground games for kids


10 Playground Games Kids Love

  1. Let’s play a game that is all about finding shapes! I love this idea! The printable book is perfect and off to the playground you go to find shapes!
  2. Have a Bubble Blowing Content! Use my homemade bubble recipe and get some wands and see which of your friends on the playground can create the biggest bubbles!
  3. Have a treasure hunt. My boys can’t wait to do this! Treasure hunts are perfect for the playground!
  4. Have you ever played rock dominoesWhat a great game to play at the play ground. Include all of your friends and there will be a fun time had by all!
  5. How about a spongeball toss with your friends at the playground! Wide open spaces are the perfect for this summer fun game!
  6. Play Red Light Green Light! I remember playing this game when I was a little girl. It is fun to see my kids play it too with their friends!
  7. Play Sidewalk Simon Says with your friends. You will love this twist on the classic game from childhood!
  8. Play parachute! My boys love, love, love this game! I remember playing this as a kid and my boys have played it many times at the playground!
  9. Did you ever play Red Rover Red Rover as a kid? Grab your friends at the playground and have a blast playing this!
  10. Open ended play with a bucket and a rope. This is great for creativity and team building. So many games you can play and ways to experiment with friends as you lift, hoist and explore!

And don’t forget playground safety while you’re out and about playing with friends!


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  1. We’re always on the lookout for new playgrounds and thinking of new games to play. I’m going to have to try parachutes next – we’ve never done that!!

    1. My boys love playing with a parachute! We have one that we take to the park and just play, play, play. Even the 14 year old gets in on it.

  2. These are some great ideas! I remember playing Red Rover and Red Light Green Light as a kid so obviously they are lasting memories to cherish 🙂 Thanks for sharing at our Living With Style Linky Party#2! Join us again next week! ~Dianne@scrutinizingLife.com

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