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The Best DIY Backyard Games For Summer 2015 : PART 1
Family & Kids
My first thought when I saw this was “FUN”! But then, I thought “Wouldn’t the paint ruin your lawn?”. Turns out you can use ground marking spray to prevent damaging your grass, and also for easy removal. Hadn’t thought of that! You could make the board as big as you’d like so that a lot of people could play at once. And, you can customize the size of the dots depending on the age of the players; smaller dots are better for little hands and feet.
2. Jumbo backyard key-plunk game
Believe it or not, this is made with really simple materials, and you can purchase the ball pit balls on Amazon for less than $25. Get your drill ready because anything in jumbo size is so much more fun!
3. Giant jenga
With just a couple of 2 x 4 boards you can make your very own Giant Jenga Set! You wouldn’t even need a saw because most lumbar yards and home improvement stores will cut the boards to any length you want. I love how this set was painted on the ends in pretty spring colors!
4. DIY passing practise tarp
How fun is this?! Cut out several size squares in a tarp, line the edges with colorful duct tape, and mark each one with different point values. Perfect for a future quarterback, or for just plain fun. Make it into a game by seeing who can get the most points in 10 throws.
5. DIY Ring Toss Game
This one is fun for any age! The further you stand back, the harder it gets. You could even mark lines in the yard and assign each one with a different point value to make it more challenging and entertaining!
6. Marble Race
It doesn’t get much easier than this! Those pool noodles are really cheap, too. After cutting one in half, decorate it with a start and finish line for the full effect. I’ll bet even little toy cars would like to run down that soft foamy race track.
7. Giant Outdoor Chess
My husband and I recently bought a new fancy chess board, and have been holding a small tournament. I’ve even got our scores written down on the chalk board in my office; I mean business! I absolutely love the idea of taking it outdoors. This would not only be fun, but would keep us both a little more active. Although, I’m curious to see if it would be a little harder to strategize with it being a little harder to see the whole picture.
8. Nature Scavenger Hunt
A good scavenger hunt is one of my favorite childhood memories! I think all kids love exploring the outdoors (you know, before we become OCD about dirt); I don’t think we spend enough time outdoors these days. I’d love to put something like this together for my kids! It could be done in your own yard, a park, or even on a camping trip.
9. Bean Bag Toss
Drill a couple of different sized plastic buckets to a board, and have fun seeing who can get the most bean bags in (or rings, rocks, balls, etc.). Keep score by assigning the buckets with different points based on their size. This could keep the kids entertained for hours!
10. Backyard Obstacle Course
This is where your creativity really comes into play. You can use just about anything to create a fun obstacle course in the yard: hoola hoops, tires, ladders, pool noodles, string, rope, buckets, cones, boards…. you name it! Now, all you have to do is sit back in your lawn chair with your stop watch and Blue Moon, and keep track of how long it takes to complete the course. This will keep the kids active and busy trying to go for the record!
11. Jumbo Checker Rug Game
Although this is available to purchase from Amazon for around $12, it would be so easy to make! You could use just about anything for the checker pieces, and with a little bit of fabric paint, you could make a custom board. There’s just something about being outdoors that makes this classic game so much more appealing. I know, you can get a tan!
12. Backyard Bowling
This backyard game would take a little more skill than most to really set up nicely, but your yard would be the hit of the neighborhood! Maybe even simplify it a bit with homemade bowling pins made out of empty water bottles, and construct your own alley with the use of your porch or driveway.
13. Use Your Noodle
It turns out you don’t need a pool to get some good use out of those noodles! Not only are they good for keeping your boots upright, but there are so many outdoor games to be played. I love this one for the little ones: see how many balloons they can get into a basket using just their noodle.
14. Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe
This is one of my favorite spring projects! It’s the time of year when you just can’t get enough of the outdoors. I love the idea of constructing your own tic-tac-toe board in a fun outdoorsy theme; great for any age! You could even use items you find in your own yard to put it together.
15. DIY Dunk Bucket
This is a backyard activity you’d probably want to save for summer, but just imagine how fun this would be! The construction behind it would take a little bit of creativity, but definitely well worth the effort. This could be one you save for a 4th of July party! I’m sure you’d have plenty of kids volunteer to get wet.
16. Pool Noodle Olympics
These things are so versatile! You can bend them, cut them, and shape them into just about anything. They are also really light weight and cheap, which is why pool noodle olympics are a must for every backyard party.
Hope you guys gonna enjoye it for this summer party :) you can also look the part 2 for more ideas ...