Easy Outdoor Team Games for Kids

Flame-Jumping Contest

If you can jump high enough, you won't get "burned."
If you can jump high enough, you won't get "burned."
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See who can jump the highest by having a Flame-Jumping Contest with your friends. You won't jump over a real fire, of course, but this game is still hot! And it's just as much fun whether you divide up into teams or play individually.

Before you start the game, you'll need to draw and cut out a cardboard flame, 15 inches high and 10 inches wide. Decorate the flame with markers. Then cut out and decorate another piece of cardboard that is 20 inches square. Fold this piece in half -- that'll make a stand 10 inches high. Now you're ready to play!

What You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Clothespins
  • Masking tape

How to Have a Flame-Jumping Contest:

Step 1: Fasten the cardboard flame with clothespins to the cardboard stand. Start by pinning the flame so that its bottom is level with the bottom of the stand.

Step 2: Each player takes a turn jumping over the flame without knocking it over or touching it and getting "burned."

Step 3: Each time all the players successfully jump over the flame, the flame is pinned an inch higher. The winner is the last person to jump the flame without touching any part of it.

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