Teenagers need regular physical activity to stay healthy and keep on top of their mental health. So, to help encourage some outdoor activity, we’ve put together a number of outdoor games that are perfect for teenagers. Whether you’re looking for party activities or outdoor team building games for teenagers, our list provides some of the UK’s favourites.

Three-Legged Outdoor Race

Active outdoor games are the perfect way for teenagers to let off some steam. Popular at birthday parties and school sport days, the three-legged race is a great challenge for all. If you want outdoor team building games for teenagers, a three-legged race is the best place to start.

How to Play: to start, have everyone get into pairs and then tie each of their inside legs together (when they are stood side by side). Every pair races against each other in playing games like tag and football, or to make it extra difficult, completing obstacle courses!

Number of Players: 4+

Blindfolded Dodgeball

Teenagers love a challenge, especially one that makes them laugh and you’re sure to get a lot of laughs playing blindfolded dodgeball!

How to Play: ask everyone to stand at the centre of your outdoor area and then choose one player to throw the ball. This player must try and hit other players with the ball, while blindfolded. They can shout ‘Marco’ while the other players respond ‘Polo’ to give a rough idea of their whereabouts. Anyone who is hit by the ball has to leave the game. The winner of the is the last teen standing. Blindfolded dodgeball is a great outdoor game for teenagers and can be played with as many people as you want!

Number of Players: 10+

Blob Tag

This game can be played both inside and outside and is a twist on the traditional game of tag.

How to Play: this game requires a large space and is best played outside. Start with all players spread out over a large outdoor area. Played like traditional tag, one player is the tagger and has to catch and tag as many other players as possible. When a person is tagged in Blog Tag, they have to join hands with the player who tagged them and continue chasing after the other players. The game continues until the last person is caught by the blob.

To make the game even trickier, you can create a perimeter on the playground that means anyone who goes past the boundary is immediately out of the game. Why not play and see if you can escape from the blob!

Number of Players: 10+

Medusa

This game works really well for large groups and is a great way to encourage social interaction in bonding for groups of teeenagers who don’t really know each other that well.

How to Play: have all the players stand in a circle with their arms around their neighbours’ shoulders. To start, everyone should have their heads bowed. On the count of three, all players have to look up and at another player. If two people find themselves looking directly at each other, they are out. The game continues until two players are left standing and crowned the winners.

Number of Players: 10+

Balloon Stomp

Balloon Stomp is a great birthday party game and a lot of fun. What’s more, it’s a great suggestion if you’re looking for fun teen party games and it’s a great way to get rid of all those balloons at the end of a party. You can play this game in your backyard, but we’re warning you that it’s not for the faint hearted (or those who don’t like balloons being popped).

How to Play: each player has a balloon tied to a string, a little way from their ankle and has to burst the balloons of as many other people without having their own burst. The last person standing with their balloon still in tact is the winner. Be prepared for a lot of laughter and screams – this game can get noisy!

Number of Players: 4+

Lawn Twister

Tie yourself in knots with the game lawn twister. Create a giant twister board on your lawn by using spray paint to mark the different circle colours. You can make as many rows of each colour as you want to, it all depends on how many people will be playing the game. To add a bit more challenge for teenagers, why not space the circles a little further apart?

How to Play: all players stand around the edge of the twister game, while the lead player shouts the instructions. The lead player shouts instructions like, “left hand blue” and all players have to find a blue circle and place their left hand on it. As more colours are called out, the players can get themselves in quite a twist – hence the game name, twister! Players that fall over or put feet or hands down on the ground that haven’t been called, are out of the game. The last player standing is the winner.

Number of Players: 4+

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag is one of the most popular games for teenagers and can be revolutionised with futuristic glow-in-the-dark-lights so that it can be played at night.

How to Play: two teams are placed at opposite areas of an open space, each with a coloured flag marking their ‘territory’. The aim of the game is to steal the opponent’s flag to capture their army, all while protecting your own flag from being taken. If players are caught by the opposing team, they are put in jail and their team has to carry on without them. Capture the Flag is a great way to encourage teamwork and bring people of all ages together.

Number of Players: 10+

Discover More Game Suggestions

If you want more game suggestions, at TPDAL we are experts in play! That’s why we have put together a number of blog posts on fun outdoor games and activities. Check out our article on the 50 Best Playground Games for Teams and discover more fantastic game suggestions!