These 7 Fun DIY Backyard Games Will Turn Up The Fun

June 19th, 2018

It’s summer, and that means spending a lot more time outdoors.

If you have a cookout, family reunion, or party coming up and want to have something fun and entertaining for everyone to do, why not make an outdoor game? Here are seven fun outdoor games you can make or play this summer.

Outside Jenga

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Jenga is a great game that can be played by numerous people at a time and by people of all ages. You wouldn’t want to take your traditional Jenga game outside, because you might lose the small pieces. You can make a giant backyard Jenga easily. Then, you don’t have to worry about losing the pieces or breaking them. It’s made with 2×4 boards, and you can decorate them any way you want. You can find the directions here.

Frozen T-Shirt Race

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Sometimes, the best things in life are also the cheapest. If you want a fun relay-style game or team-building activity, then try a frozen T-shirt race. Freeze numerous T-shirts overnight and then have a race to see who can break or thaw them out of the ice and put them on the fastest. It’s harder than you think, and it’s a cold game. It perfect for a hot summer day.

Lawn Twister

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Everyone loves the game Twister, but you can’t really take it outside. Wouldn’t it be fun if there was an outdoor version? You can make your own. Simply spray paint some colored circles on the grass or cut out the circles from felt or another fabric, and you have the perfect game for a cookout or family reunion.

Drip Drip Dunk

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You might not normally encourage your kids to dump water on each other’s heads, but if they are playing this game, it’s OK. It’s played like duck, duck goose, but instead, one player walks around with a pitcher of water and drips it on each of the other players’ heads. They choose the player they want to dunk and dump the rest of the water on that player. It’s perfect for summer.

Lawn Bowling

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Lawn bowling is a fun game you can make with items you already have in your home. Take some milk jugs or empty soda bottles and fill them halfway with water. Stand them up at one end of your yard or deck and use a volleyball or soccer ball as a bowling ball to knock them down. If you want, you can decorate your “pins” and ball with a fun theme. You can even have your own family bowling tournament in your backyard this summer.

Blanket Races

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This is a fun game for kids and adults alike. It’s even better if you put one kid and one adult on a team. Take some old blankets, throw them on the lawn, and have one player from each team sit on them. The other players must pull their teammate on the blanket in a race to see who is the fastest.

Outdoor Scrabble

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Scrabble is another one of those games that you can’t play outside, or else you might lose all the tiny pieces. The solution is to make your own bigger Scrabble pieces that are perfect for outdoors. You can use cardboard or even thin sheets of plywood to make the letters. Cut them to size and paint or write on them with a permanent marker. Build some shelves to spell out the words or put them on the lawn. This takes family game night to a whole new level.

When it comes to keeping your kids busy this summer or finding fun ways to bring your family together outside, these easy backyard games can help.

You can make them with things you already have or things you can buy at your local dollar store. Go out and have some fun in the warm weather. You might even come up with some games of your own. Don’t be afraid to get creative and have a good time.

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Source: Family Handy Man