Us Educators know how important it is for children to get active daily, we also know how great it feels to bring the classroom outside especially on a nice day. However outdoor physical play does not just mean the children run riot around the outdoor area. Planning for structured physical play in large groups is a great way to increase social and emotional skills all while using gross motor skills. Here is a list of group games that are age appropriate and fun to play with large groups of preschoolers.


Outdoor Games

Whole group physical games increase...


Physical development

  • Gross motor skills

  • Large muscle movements

  • Bilateral coordination

  • Balance

  • Control of speed and direction

  • Lower body strength

  • Upper body strength

  • Spatial awareness

  • Ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking)

  • Fundamental movements skills (running, jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping)

Social/emotional development

  • Cooperating with peers

  • Following direction

  • Building peer relationships

  • Turn-taking

  • Building self esteem

  • Resilience

  • Fair play

  • Healthy competition

  • Perseverance

  • Developing empathy

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