Enjoy these great BBQ games with friends and family in the garden using little or no equipment, but don’t worry if it’s raining, you can still get your grill on with Hot BBQ Party:
Kick the Can
This is a variation of tag and hide & seek. One person or a team of people are “it” and a can is placed in the middle of the playing area. Everyone else has to hide while the “it” covers his or her eyes and counts. “It” then tries to find everyone.
If a person is found and tagged by “it”, they go into a holding pen for captured players. It’s the job of the other hiding players to sneak back to the can and kick it over, releasing their team mates from the holding area.
The game is over once all the hiding players are in the holding pen.
Aside from great exercise, with a big rope, this can be lots of fun for groups.
Set challenges such as joining in and leaving while the rope is being spun. Jumping rhymes will make it more fun and keep you in step.
Red Light, Green Light: With enough room, this game can be played inside too. One person is the traffic light and the other players stand at the other end of the room or garden. When the traffic light faces the group, they shout “Red light!” and everyone must freeze. The traffic light then turns to face away from the group and shouts, “Green light!” The group must then try to get as close to the traffic light as possible. The traffic light turns around quickly, again saying, “Red light!”, and if anyone is spotted moving, they have to go back to the starting place. The first person to tag the traffic light wins and gets to be the next traffic light.
Simon Says: This game can be played anywhere in a group. One person is Simon and starts by saying, “Simon says, scratch your head” (or any action they choose). Everyone must then do the action. If Simon makes an action request without saying, “Simon says”, anyone who does that action is out. The last person still playing in the end will be Simon for the next round.
Spud: Each player gets a number and crowds around the person who is “it” for that round. “It” then tosses a ball straight up and the other players run away. As the ball reaches the top of its toss, “it” calls out the number of one of the other players and then runs away too. The player whose number was called must run back and get the ball. Once that person has the ball, they yell, “Spud!” Everyone else must freeze. The person with the ball must try to hit one of the other players with the ball without moving their feet. If they do, that new person gets a letter (first S, then P, then U, then D). If they miss, the person who threw the ball gets a letter. If anyone gets all four letters, they become “it”.
Chinese Whispers: Sit in a circle or line and whisper a short sentence into the ear of the person beside you. Each person whispers what they heard to the next person until they reach of the end of the line or it comes back around to the person who started. They then have to say out loud the two sentences, the original and what was whispered to them.