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50 Quiz Ideas for Fun and Engaging Outdoor Games

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Sometimes, we need quiz ideas for our own outdoor games. However, it might be a bit tough to gather as many quiz questions as possible. And the more you have players, the more you might need to vary questions.

If it’s an issue for you, then this article is for you. It will provide you with 50 quiz ideas for your outdoor games. Quiz number 25 is my favorite ever.

Feel free to copy-paste them into your game without crediting me. Have fun!

Some generic quizzes that can fit in any game

Here are a few questions that you can fit anywhere.

1. A multiple-choice question

What can travel around the world while staying in one spot?

  • A stamp
  • A cloud
  • A star
  • A fish

πŸ’ Answer: a stamp.

2. A logical question

Maya’s father has three children: Barry, Mireille, and?

πŸ’ Answer: Maya

3. A picture-related question

Find the common word between these 3 pictures!

A solar system, a thermometer, a Mercury car for a picture idea for an outdoor game quiz.
Pictures source: Wikimedia Foundation

πŸ’Answer: Mercury

4. A geography question

What are the capital cities of South Africa?

  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town
  • Pretoria
  • Bloemfontein

πŸ’ Answer: All of them but Johannesburg

5. A science-related question

What are the animals that are the closest related to the dinosaurs?

  • Lizards
  • Whales
  • Birds
  • Turtles

πŸ’ Answer: Birds

Some other multiple-choice questions

Multiple-choice questions are pretty simple to set up and easy to understand. No wonder why we use them in academic exams.

6. What’s the 15th letter of the alphabet?

  • H
  • O
  • M
  • E

πŸ’ Answer: O

7. What am I?

I can be cracked, made, told, and played. What am I?

  • A puzzle
  • A joke
  • A story
  • A code

πŸ’ Answer: A joke

8. Tomatoes

Where did tomatoes originate from?

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • America
  • Antarctica

πŸ’ Answer: America.

9. Heavy animals

What’s the 2nd heaviest land Animal?

  • Rhino
  • Hippo
  • Elephant
  • Human

πŸ’ Answer: Rhino

10. Bowling

How many holes are there in a ten-pin bowling ball?

  • Zero
  • One
  • Two
  • Three

πŸ’ Answer: Three

Picture questions

To bring a better appearance to your task, you can use pictures as riddles. These are good quiz ideas for outdoor games.

11. The British bus

A quiz idea for outdoor games: A bus with no doors. A British flag on the side. 2 arrows left and right. Which direction does the bus go?

Look at the picture! Which way is the British bus heading?

  • To the left
  • To the right

πŸ’ Answer: To the right. In the UK, vehicles are driven on the left lane. Therefore, the hidden doors are on the left side of the bus. Consequently, the best goes to the right.

12. Triangles

A logic quiz idea for outdoor games: Many triangles, where the user need to count them as a quiz idea for an outdoor game.

Look at the picture. How many triangles do you see?

πŸ’Answer: 20. I usually put from 18 to 22 as an answer in my games to make it easier.

13. The hidden word

A logical quiz: An apple minus an ape plus an ant equal a word of 5 letters

Look at the picture. What’s the hidden word?

πŸ’Answer: PLANT. APPLE minus APE plus ANT = PLANT

14. The scale

A quiz idea for an outdoor game: 3 scales
3 snowmen and 1 penguin on the first balanced scale, 
2 penguin on one side and 1 santa 1 snowman on the other side to balance the second balanced scale
2 santa one side 3 penguin on the other side an an interrogation mark for the third scale that is unbalanced.

Look at the image. Who should climb on the third scale to make it balance?

  • Penguin
  • Snowman
  • Santa Claus

πŸ’Answer: Snowman. If the snowman is equal to 1, the penguin is equal to 3, the Santa is equal to 5. So each side of the scale is equal to 10.

15. A different picture

3 pictures that look almost the same...

Look at the image. Which picture differs from others?

πŸ’Answer: B. Look on the bottom right, a kiwi is replaced by a red fruit.

Some knowledge riddles

There is so much interesting to learn about the history of our surrounding world. Make people proud of their knowledge using the following riddles!

16. Biggest temperature change

In 1962, Pincher Creek, Alberta experienced the fastest, biggest temperature change ever recorded in Canada as a result of a Chinook.

It’s a warm, dry wind that comes off the Rocky Mountains. The temperature rose from -19C (-2.2 F) to +22C (71.6 F) in just…

  • One minute
  • One hour
  • Ten hour
  • One day

πŸ’ Answer: One hour

17. Drinking chocolate

Nothing better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. This warming drink was discovered by…

  • Inuits
  • Malay
  • Ethiopians
  • Aztecs

πŸ’ Correct answer: Aztecs

18. The oldest sport

Which came first – baseball or basketball?

  • Basketball πŸ€
  • Baseball ⚾

πŸ’ Answer: Baseball. Baseball was first played in 1846, whereas basketball started in 1891.

19. The moon

The Moon’s mass is what fraction of the Earth’s?

  • 1/8th
  • 1/80th
  • 1/800th
  • 1/8000th

πŸ’ Answer: 1/80th

20. South America

How many countries are there in South America?

  • 9
  • 11
  • 12
  • 15

πŸ’ Answer: 12

Logical quizzes idea for outdoor games

Logical questions can be used for IQ tests as they can be used as quiz ideas for outdoor games. They can be understood by anyone, and yet they can be the toughest.

21. What next

Which number should come next in this series?

1; 6; 16; 31; …

  • 36
  • 51
  • 66
  • 161

πŸ’ Answer: 51. Because each time, we add +5. 1 + 5 is equal to 6. 6 + 5 + 5 is equal to 16. 16 + 5 + 5 + 5 is equal to 31. And then 31 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 is equal to 51.

22. Containers

Which of the following words is the odd one out?

  • mug
  • cup
  • glass
  • plate

πŸ’ Answer: The plate. Because it’s the only container that can’t receive liquids.

23. The shortest

If Roger is taller than Marie, and Marie is taller than Roland, who is the shortest?

  • Roger
  • Marie
  • Roland
  • Can’t be determined

πŸ’ Answer: Roland

24. At the bar

Two drinks cost 480 euros. The first drink cost twice as much as the second one. The price of the more expensive drink is the answer. Write the number to the answer field

πŸ’Answer: 320

25. The Diomede Islands – My favorite quiz ever

My favorite idea for an outdoor quiz: The Diomede island. On the left side we see the American Diomede island with an interrogation mark
On the right we see the Russian Diomede island with "23:00" under it.
Picture credits: Macera Akademisi

There are Diomedes islands.

We’re in winter. It’s 23:00 (2300) on the Russian Big Diomede.

What time is it on the American Small Diomede island?

Type the time under the format “1200”. If it’s 10 pm, then type “2200” below.

πŸ’ Answer: 0300

The weirdest quiz you can find

Sometimes, a bit of weirdness can spice up a game. Here are some ideas for some strange questions.

26. Overtaking

You’re running a marathon. You’re third, and you overtake the second runner… What is your current position?

  • First
  • Second
  • Third

πŸ’ Answer: Second

27. The snowmen

Snowmen Ugh, Ogh, and Egh compete in downhill skiing. Which one of these snowmen like the most eating gingerbreads?

  • Ugh
  • Ogh
  • Egh

Hint: Sometimes the winner of a competition is determined by sheer luck.

πŸ’ Answer: Ogh. Players can only choose randomly the answer. Good luck to them!

28. The body question

If you stand so that your nose, chest, and pelvis are against the wall, can you put your elbows together?

  • Yes
  • No

πŸ’ Answer: No. Try it, if you don’t believe me!

29. Sleeping

During what month do people sleep the least?

πŸ’ Answer: February, because it has the least amount of nights among all the months.

30. A strange math question

There are approximately 7,000,000,000 (7 billion) people on Earth. What would be the result, if you multiply together the number of fingers on every person’s left hand? (thumbs count as fingers.) What is the answer?

πŸ’ Answer: 0 Because at least one person in the world doesn’t have fingers on their left hand. Multiplying by 0 always gives 0.

Nature-related quizzes

If we’re playing outdoors, we might enjoy some nature. Why not put quiz ideas for outdoor games related to that?

31. Massive

What’s the biggest living organism in the world?

  • The whale
  • The giant sequoia
  • Some mushrooms

πŸ’ Answer: Some mushrooms. The whales are the most massive animals ever existing (even bigger than dinosaurs). The giant sequoia is the tallest tree existing. But the record goes to a giant network of mushrooms in Oregon, occupying 965 hectares of soil. A genetic study proved that all these mushrooms were the same individual.

32. Crossing fruits

Which fruit is a cross between a peach and a plum?

  • Apple
  • Nectarine
  • Cherry
  • Kiwi

πŸ’ Answer: The nectarine

33. A giraffe’s tongue

What color tongues do giraffes have?

  • Pink
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Orange

πŸ’ Answer: Blue. Don’t you believe us? Look at this page, it’s fascinating.

34. With or without bones?

What vertebrae animal (i.e. animal with a skeleton) is the closest to invertebrae (i.e. animal without a skeleton)?

  • Frog
  • Whale
  • Lamprey
  • Wooper

πŸ’ Answer: Lamprey. Their skeleton is the most primitive among all vertebrae.

35. Measuring the nature

What would an anemometer measure?

  • Windspeed
  • Blood levels
  • Salt concentration
  • Anemia

πŸ’ Answer: Windspeed

Calculation quizzes

If your players are math enthusiasts, then you can try these questions out.

36. The slug and the well

A slug is in the bottom of a 30m deep well. Every day it climbs 3m. Every night it drops 2m back down. How many days does it take for the slug to get out of the well?

  • 27 days
  • 28 days
  • 29 days
  • 30 days

πŸ’ Answer: 27 days

37. Light’s speed

How long does it take for light from the moon to reach the Earth?

  • 30,3 seconds
  • 120 seconds
  • 1,2 seconds

πŸ’ Answer: 1,2 seconds

38. Cats and rats

If 10 cats catch 10 rats in 10 minutes then how long does it take 5 cats to catch 5 rats?

  • 5 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 50 minutes

πŸ’ Answer: 10 minutes

39. Many eleven

Type eleven thousand plus eleven hundred plus eleven in numbers.

πŸ’ Answer: 12111

40. Temperature in America vs. the rest of the world

What is minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit expressed as degrees Centigrade?

Note: Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (Β°F) = (Temperature in degrees Celsius (Β°C) * 9/5) + 32

  • – 32 F
  • – 40 F
  • – 42 F
  • 0 F

πŸ’ Answer: -40 F

Photo questions

Instead of using a quiz, why not challenge people with photo questions? From my experience, people really have fun trying to do a challenge that needs a snap. Here are a few examples!

A group of young people taking a group selfie in a forest.

41. A group challenge

Take a picture of your group so that no one’s (except the photographer’s) hands and legs touch the ground.

42. Show your best dance move!

Team members pose in pairs with their best passionate tango move frozen in time. Snap a photo as evidence!

43. Testing human abilities

Can an average person lick their own elbow? Take a photo to prove that!

44. Use “augmented photos”

An augmented photo is a photo with a picture over it. With a bit of imagination, you can bring something very fun! For example this one:

“Take the most outstanding Christmas photo”

An augmented photo of a christmas tree with my figurines

You can achieve this using the Augmented photo feature from Loquiz.

45. Using the AI to “Find object”

Using Loquiz, you can also use an AI-based task, the object finder. Set up the object that people will need to find, then let them search.

For instance, you can ask people to find a computer:

The object finder scanning my laptop

We actually made a game that will allow you to test this AI feature. You can test it now!

Tech-related quiz

Some of us like to brag about our tech knowledge. So here, it’s their opportunity to shine with these quizzes idea for outdoor games!

46. The first laptop

The first laptop (Osborne 1) had the same weight as…

  • 8 baseballs ⚾
  • 40 baseballs ⚾⚾
  • 80 baseballs ⚾⚾⚾
  • 400 baseballs ⚾⚾⚾⚾

πŸ’ Answer: 80. The Osborne 1 was 11.5 kg, and a baseball weighs around 145 g.

47. The first iPhone

What was the screen size (diagonal length) of the first iPhone?

As a comparison, the iPhone 14 Pro has a 155 mm / 6.1 inches screen.

  • 90 mm / 3.5 inches
  • 100 mm / 4 inches
  • 155 mm / 6.1 inches
  • 110 mm / 4.3 inches

πŸ’ Answer: 90 mm / 3.5 inches. Try to compare it with your current smartphone. It’s very small, isn’t it?

48. Space enthusiasts

Who is Spationaut?

  • a space organizer at events
  • a French space traveler
  • a person who enjoys using their telescope to look at the space

πŸ’ Answer: A French space traveler

49. Old internet browsers

Which one of these browsers is the oldest?

  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Google Chrome

πŸ’ Answer: Opera, April 1995. Internet Explorer was released the same year but in August. Before this, there were no default browsers installed on a Windows computer.

50. The first virus

What is the name of the first computer virus that infected IBM PCs in 1982?

  • Creeper
  • Brain
  • Elk Cloner
  • Sasser

πŸ’ Answer: Elk Cloner

Do want to create your own outdoor quiz game?

With all these quiz ideas for outdoor games, you might want to build your own game quickly.

Using the Loquiz tool, you can set up these quiz questions in an outdoor setup. You can create the game in only 10 minutes.

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