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Kids Olympics games for outdoors: cool sports games without physical contact

Especially at the start of the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, there is an opportunity to organize sports games for the children in their own backyard! Based on the spirit of the Olympics, the children can compete against each other in various sports. To make sure it’s not only fun, but also safe, we’ve put together several Children’s Olympics games that you can play outside and with a space between players.

Children’s Olympics games for outside: The planning

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Hosting a children’s Olympics in your own backyard is not difficult. Fortunately, there are many sports games that can be played without special equipment. We list below several suggestions for the various disciplines for children in elementary school. To guarantee the fun of the game, good planning is necessary. The games should test the dexterity and speed of the little athletes and promote team spirit.

Children’s Olympics for children in elementary school: Day 1

Sports games with distance for children in elementary school olympic fire

On the first day, children can get together and paint and decorate their team jerseys any way they like. They can also start by making a torch with the Olympic flame out of craft cardboard, baking foil, and tissue paper. While the kids are forming the teams and trying on the jerseys, you can prepare the garden for the upcoming sports games. Remove rocks in the lawn so they don’t become tripping hazards.

Children’s Olympics Day 2

Children's Olympics games medal awarded from sweets

On the second day, you’re ready to get started! Each team will have to go through several disciplines and parents will award points and write each child’s score on a special stamp card. At the end you can organize an award ceremony in which all athletes can participate. The children will then receive lovingly crafted medals and individually wrapped gifts.

If you want to organize a Children’s Olympics for a child’s birthday, then the activities on the first day can be omitted. If local Corona regulations do not allow many people to gather outside, then the family can play together in the garden.

Sports games for children: disciplines without physical contact

Kids olympiad games with distance ideas for stations

Below we list several suggestions for sports games without physical contact that the little athletes can run through. Team games are particularly suitable, in which the children have to overcome obstacles individually and then pass a baton. This encourages team spirit, but the games are played at a distance from each other. Furthermore, it is a good idea to arrange the stations so that the children can recover after a physical activity. For example: A sprint, tire walk, or obstacle relay can be followed by a risk throw or bowling. Divide the children into several teams. Each team should have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 participants.

Suitable spaced sports games: relay race, kenguru run, jump on one leg like a stork, long jump or mat long jump, team long throw or risk throw, bowling.

The Children’s Olympics stations at a glance

Children's Olympics games stations at a glance

We have compiled a total of 10 stations and described them together with the necessary materials. For children in elementary school, eight to 10 stations are optimal. Most of the games do not require much space, but they should be played on a grassy area. If the yard is not large enough, you can set up 5 stations first and then assemble the next 5.

  • Station 1. obstacle board
  • Station 2. long jump
  • Station 3. race, sack race, course
  • Station 4. long throw
  • Station 5. bowling
  • Station 6. javelin throwing
  • Station 7. rhythmic gymnastics
  • Station 8. archery
  • Station 9. water games
  • Station 10. balance beam

Outdoor sports games: Station 1. Obstacle Relay

Obstacle relay ideas for sports games with distance for kids in elementary school

Participants are divided into teams. Half of the participants line up behind the marker cones at the start, the other behind the finish marker cones. Parents also divide into two groups – the first stands at the start, the second at the finish. On “go” the time begins. Each participant is allowed to run only once, then must hand over the baton and run back. The children can choose: Either jump over the floating noodles or crawl underneath.

Children's Olympics games for kids for outdoor obstacle relay

Materials needed:

  • 5 obstacles made of swimming noodles in different colors.
  • 4 marking cones
  • A stopwatch (you can also use a stopwatch app on your phone).

Where can you set up the obstacle relay in the garden: Near the patio, the garden shed, in the shade of a tall tree. As the children play one at a time, they should have a comfortable place to sit in the shade.

Maximum height of the obstacles: 60 cm. Distance between the obstacles: 1 meter. In total, you need 5 square meters of space for the game and, depending on the number of players, 2-3 more free square meters behind the starting and finishing cones.

Sports games for children: Station 2. long jump

Kids olympiad stations long jump for kids in elementary school

All participants from one team line up at the start. The other teams can sit around the mat. The first participant takes a run-up and makes a long jump. Parents measure the jump distance and mark the landing point with chalk.

Materials needed:

  • a mat (you can cut the mat from fabric and attach it to the lawn surface with tape) or
  • Chalk spray for lawn, which you can use to draw the mat on the lawn surface. The spray is water-based and disappears as soon as you water the lawn or it rains.
  • chalk in different colors
  • a tape measure
  • 2 marking cones

children olympiad games double legged jump

The right place in the garden: In partial shade, in the sun. You need one and a half meters for the mat and about 2-3 meters for the run-up. If the lawn is shorter than 4 meters, then the children can do a two-legged jump without a run-up. By the way, the driveway is suitable for the two-legged jump.

Team games for children: station 3. race, sack race, parcours

Sports games with distance for kids sack race

The classic sprint is too boring for the kids? Then these ideas offer how to make it more fun. The rules: The children race on a 30 m track. Different variations are possible: hopping on one leg, sack races, running sideways.

You can also set up a course with stuffed animals and playground equipment and divide each team into pairs. The first player looks at the course and then tries to slalom around the obstacles with his eyes closed. His partner can give warning signals if needed.

sports games with distance for kids course run obstacles with eyes closed

Materials needed:

  • Canvas bags
  • stuffed animals, playground equipment

The right place for the course: In the middle of the lawn. Spectators can sit in a circle around the players so they don’t wander around the yard.

Children’s Olympics Outdoor Games: Station 4. Long Throw

team games for kids team long throw ideas in the garden

The children from one team line up at the start. The first participant tries to throw the ball into a bowl or bucket from a distance of one meter and gets one, two or three points per throw.

The necessary materials:

  • Cloth ball
  • Three buckets or bowls of different sizes

The right place in the garden: near the garden fence.

Children’s Olympiad Games: Station 5. cones

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The team lines up at the start. The cones are placed in a diamond shape: one cone in front, two cones staggered behind, three more cones staggered behind, then two cones again and place the last cone at the very back. The participants now try one after the other to hit the cones with the ball. Each participant has only one try, then they line up the cones they hit. The team that knocks down the most cones wins.

Materials needed:

  • 10 marking cones (alternatively: hard plastic deposit bottles or cans).
  • 1 soccer ball (alternatively: 1 tennis ball)

The right place in the garden: near the garden fence

Sports games for the Children’s Olympics: Station 6. javelin throwing

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Each child has three spears (three straws) to throw into a bowl from a distance of one meter. The player is allowed to choose the bowl. If he does not hit it, he gets 0 points. If he hits another bowl, he gets one point. If he hits “his” bowl, he gets 2 points.

Materials needed:

  • Craft cardboard for the target
  • compasses and pencils (for drawing the Olympic rings)
  • three-four bowls
  • Straws (squeeze one end of each straw).

The right place in the garden: by the garden fence

Sports games for outside: station 7. rhythmic gymnastics

Sports games for children for outdoors Children's Olympics ideas rhythmic gymnastics

For a change of pace, you can organize a music party with the children. Each participant has 30 seconds to show their dancing skills. Points will be awarded to all participants.

Materials needed:

  • 2 curtain rings, 5 cm in diameter
  • Decorative ribbons, 5 cm wide, in rainbow colors

The right place in the garden: On the terrace

Children’s Olympics Outdoor Games: Station 8. Archery

Sports games for outdoors archery

Archery with a difference: in this game, each participant must shoot the arrow through a hoop. The area in front of the hoop is divided into three zones. Each participant has three attempts. First they shoot from one, then from two and at the end from three meters. The parents tally up the points. Then the child retrieves the arrows and hands them to the next participant.

Materials needed:

  • A bow and arrows with suction cups or.
  • You can make the bow out of floating noodles or clothes hangers

The right place in the garden: around a tree where you can hang the hoop.

Team games for children 3 years and older: Station 9. water games

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If there is a pool in the garden, then you can do different water games.

Swimming: One child from each team gets to participate in the competition. A swimming style is determined. Whoever gets to the other side of the pool first and then swims quickly back to their team gets a point.

Relay games: Two bowls are placed ten feet from the pool. Each team gets a sponge. Participants line up at the pool. The first participants soak their sponges in the water, then quickly run to the bowls. Everyone squeezes his sponge over his bowl, then quickly runs back to his team. There, he passes the sponge on. The game ends when one team fills their bowl to the brim.

Children’s Olympics Games: Station 10. balance beam

Children's Olympics games balance beam course

Assemble several spooner boards to create a course. One by one, the children from each team must complete the course with as few mistakes as possible. The team that completes the obstacle course the fastest wins and gets points.

Materials needed:

  • 3-4 spooner boards

The right place in the garden: Niches and corners, takes up little space.

Children’s Olympiad running map

children olympiad stamp card to print for free

To guarantee fun on the day of the Children’s Olympics, all you need is a stamp card. This will remain a nice souvenir of the sports festival in your own garden. Simply download the free stamp card and print it out. Then you can start with the sports games!