4th of July Activities for Kids - Revive Classic Childhood Games
4 Great Ideas for 4th of July Games
Parents should consider reviving classic outdoor games from their childhood as Fourth
of July activities for kids. Make your holiday picnic or get together extra special.
Listed below are 4 games you may have forgotten but have stood the test of time
and will take you down memory lane.
Kick the Can
Kick the Can is an often forgotten game that has elements of capture the flag, tag,
and hide and seek. Someone is "it" and finds and tags other players who go to a
pretend prison but not all hope is lost. A "can" is placed in an open area near
the prison and if a player kicks it without getting tagged the prisoner is set free.
Scavenger Hunt or Treasure Hunt
In a scavenger hunt a list of items to find is defined and teams compete against
other teams to try to be the first to find all the items on their list. In Treasure
Hunts one or more players try to find hidden articles, locations or places by using
a series of clues or riddles (many people use the terms interchangeably). Traditionally,
the hunt leads to a treasure (treat or gift) but it could help lead the kids into
the next activity. For example, if it's a hot day, a treasure of water balloons
might start a water balloon fight. This website has numerous scavenger and treasure hunts for kids including our new
4th of July
Red Light, Green Light
In Red Light, Green Light the players try to reach the finish line without the instructor
seeing them moving. The instructor stands at the finish line with their back to
the group, shouts green light or red light, and the other players respond by running
or stopping. The instructor turns to face the group on red lights to catch players
still moving at which point they are out of the game or start over.
Four Squares are drawn with chalk on the ground and numbered and the object of the
game is to move up to the highest ranking square. You move up by eliminating other
players by getting them to hit the ball out of bounds on your serve. As each player
is eliminated a new one can join the game at square 1.
- Other Class Games to consider The above list has some of our favorites but here
is a list of several other classic outdoor games to consider for igniting your 4th
of July festivities.
- Hopscotch- Players throw a rock onto a sequence of squares drawn with chalk and
hop to retrieve the object.
- Sardines- The opposite of hide and seek. Once the it person is found the other players
crowd into the hiding location.
- Relay Races- You can add water or patriotic items such as flags but this one needs
- Wheelbarrow Races- One player holds anothers feet like the handles of a wheelbarrow.
- Red Rover- Each team forms a line and challenges a member from the other team to
break through their line.
- 3-Legged Races- Two racers tie their legs together.
These games have proven themselves as favorites throught the years and should create
some wonderful memories over the holiday weekend.
This website has numerous scavenger and treasure hunts for kids including our new
4th of July
Scavenger Hunt. Please check it out.