15 Active Games to Get Kids Away From Their Screens

Fill their lungs with air and let the breeze blow through their hair – that’s what childhood is all about. Here are 15 ludicrously fun games to get the kids away from those screens.

1. Cat and mouse

The aim of this active game is to help the mouse escape the clutches of the playful cat. There will be squeals of excitement!

2. Bend the light


The kids will love this light bending experiment, discovering one of the elements that go into the science behind Harry’s cloak.

3. What’s the time Mr Wolf?

Who will be caught by the hungry wolf at dinner time? This is all about survival of the quickest!

4. Tag

Get tagged and you’re out! This hilarious chasing game will give the kids a belly laugh like nothing else.

  • One person is designated as “it” or the tagger – their objective is to tag everyone else by chasing them and tapping them with their hand. Everyone else tries to evade the tagger. When everyone is caught, another person caught becomes “it”. Some variations mean that once someone is tagged they can help the tagger to catch others.

5. Thief

Can you steal the lollies from the blindfolded keeper? In this game your powers of stealth and trickery will really be put to the test.

6. Hose limbo

Now for an active game that is also a complete giggle fest! Challenge the whole family and see who comes out the winner!.

7. Superhero chasey

Even caped crusaders love to run amok outdoors, playing chasing games. And this energetic game is proof!

8. Twist and out!

Get the kids to twist and turn through this classic game.

9. Duck, duck, goose

Whether you’re a duck or a goose, you are guaranteed to cheer, clap and scream your way through this thrilling game of chase.

10. Show jump showdown

Gather the kids and let their imaginations take flight as they take their ponies over a jumping course in the backyard!

11. Stuck in the mud

Loved by kids the world over, this classic active outdoor game just never seems to get old.

12. Blind man’s bluff

You might not be able to see in this game of tag, but if you’re quiet you just might hear your opponents or perhaps even smell their fear!

13. Capture the flag

Find your opponents hidden flag and your team will be victorious. But get caught in the process and victory might get snatched away.

14. Magnetic fishing game

Make your own fishing game using our fish printables. Let the kids decorate their own before they enjoying playing.

15. Fox and geese

You can run but you cannot hide. This creative game requires you to think strategically to avoid being tagged.

What activity always gets your kids up and away from their screens?

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  1. dawnblyth 05/05/2019 at 11:47 pm

    Hide and seek or a game of a soccer here

  2. SarahBlair 03/05/2019 at 7:44 pm

    These games bring back memories of my childhood, when kids spent time playing actual games with their friends rather than virtual games on a screen. I am looking forward to introducing my kids to these games, they are so fun!!

  3. Shorrty4life1 15/04/2019 at 11:41 am

    I remember playing cat and mouse and what’s the time Mr wolf and seen my kids playing this the other day and was like omg I loved this game. These are actually great ideas to get the kids away from technology. I looked at the bend the light science experiment and that looks fun also my kids love anything like that where there are playing with science experiments.

  4. Mands1980 12/04/2019 at 11:55 am

    I love any ideas that are device free they are becoming to common for kids. Kids are so addicted to devices and drive me crazy. The kids love duck duck goose they even play it at school sometimes. We will have to try some of these others in the holidays.

  5. Bevik1971 11/04/2019 at 12:17 pm

    Hehe, my 6 year old tells me they play a few of these games at school, I remember playing some of them too! We play What’s the time Mr Wolf at home, haha she loves it

  6. Micht 10/04/2019 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you Thank you Thank you…this tired mum needed these ideas… so much more i could do

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