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Fun Outdoor Games and DIY Entertainment Ideas

Outdoor games for kids, families and adults

It's finally that time of year when people start to fix up their yards and spend their spare time outside. The grill comes out, the patio furniture emerges, and the neighbors stop by. Which means it's also time to get creative and find some fun things to do out there in the backyard. Here's a collection of our favorite outdoor games that are fun and easy to put together.         

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DIY Giant Jenga Set Tutorials

Giant Jenga!
Source: Instructables

1. Make a giant Jenga set - check out the tutorial over on Instructables. 

 

DIY Over-Sized Jenga
Source: Lemon Thistle

2. Here's a different take - A large version of Jenga with 2 x 4s, in multiple hues. Check out the instructions here.

 

DIY Giant Jenga
Source: A Beautiful Mess

3. This Giant Jenga via A Beautiful Mess is a little more colorful than most.

 


DIY Cornhole and Bean Bag Toss

DIY Cornhole
Source: DIY Network

4. Make your own regulation-sized cornhole set with these instructions. Or if you don't f feel like constructing them from scratch, you can just paint a blank set... buy the pre-made plain boards here. 

 

DIY Cornhole
Source: DIY Done Right

5. Cornhole is classic backyard game; check out the instructions for creating these boards here.

 

Cornhole game
Source: The Blissful Bee

6. How cute is the design on this DIY cornhole game?

 

Moster bean bag toss
Source: Crafty Carnival

7. Rawr! This DIY monster bean bag toss won't scare away your guests.

 

Cornhole game
Source: Lovely Indeed

8. A bright and bold bean bag toss with matching bean bags!

 

DIY Cornhole Board
Source: Lowes

9. Have you ever played cornhole? It's a great way to pass the time, and it can be really competitive!

 


Over-Sized Scrabble and Word Games

Over-sized Scrabble
Source: Sunset

10. Create your own game of Scrabble right on your patio - find the instructions here.

 

DIY Giant Scrabble
Source: AJC.com

11. Have you noticed a big trend here? Giant Scrabble is another fun option. Head over here to see more photos. 

 

Lawn Scrabble
Source: Constantly Lovestruck 

12. No patio? No problem. Bring Scrabble into the lawn.

 


Ring Toss DIY Outdoor Games

DIY Ring Toss
Source: Curbly; Photo: Faith Provencher

13. Make this colorful ring toss game with supplies you probably already have laying around the house.

 

Ring and hook game
Source: H2O Bungalow

14. The ring and hook game can be found at lots of vacation destinations around the Northeast... why not set one up in your own backyard? Here are the instructions.

 

Ring toss game
Source: Mom Endeavors

15. Here's a different type of ring toss game - get the simple tutorial here.

 

Ring toss with flamingos
Source: Sugar & Cloth

16. Or try this more fun version of a simple ring toss game. Just add flamingos! Learn more here.

 

Ring toss
Source: Women's Day

17. Try this carnival classic game in your own backyard.

 

Pastel horseshoe game
Source: Design Love Fest  

18. They're not rings per se, but you do toss them! How pretty is this pastel horseshoe set?

 


Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties 

Handmade croquet set
Source: At Second Street 

19. Make your own one-of-a-kind croquet set and play all summer long.

 

DIY Bocce ball court
Source: DIY Network

20. Love bocce ball? Make your own court using these instructions. 

 

Backyard bottle bowling
Source: Be a Fun Mum

21. Go bowling in your backyard with this fun DIY bottle bowling setup. Head over here to check out the how-to.

 

Lawn Dominoes
Source: iron & twine

22. Have a little fun with these giant blue dominos! Head over here to check out the tutorial.

 

Yard Twister
Source: You + Me For Always

 23. Set up a game of Twister right on your lawn... just like this one here.

 

Yard Twister
Source: Design Sponge

24. Or learn how to hand- make your own Twister mat

 


Make the Ultimate Backyard Kuub Set

Backyard Kuub Game
Source: ManMade DIY

25. Don't know what Kuub is? People call it Viking chess, and although it can be a little confusing to learn, it's incredibly fun and addictive once you get going. Here's a great tutorial on making your own Kuub set.

 


DIY Outdoor Games and Activities

Plinko backyard game
Source: A Turtle's Life For Me

26. Plinko is always a fun one... all you'll need is wood, nails and paint. Check out this and lots of other ideas right here. 

 

Tic-tac-toe
Source: Chicken Scratch NY

 

27. Tic-Tac-Toe is another easy and fun game to make for the kids. Get the tutorial for this one here.

 

Ker-Plunk Outdoor Game
Source: All Parenting

28. Backyard Ker-Plunk will keep everyone busy for hours. Find out how to assemble it here. 

 

Stick 'em Up
Source: The Home Depot Community

29. Or try out this version known as Stick 'Em Up!

 

Left, Right, Center - Giant Game
Source: DIY Showoff

30. If you've never played Left Right Center, you'll definitely want to give this giant DIY version a try.

 

38 Backyard Games and Activities
Source: Momtastic

31. If you're a big Yahtzee fan, then you'll love this giant DIY version.

 

Giant Memory Game
Source: Studio DIY

32. Remember the game Memory from childhood? (See what I did there?) Make your own backyard version using this tutorial.

 


More Entertaining DIY Outdoor Games

Oversized Pick-Up Sticks
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

33. Painted dowels transform into an oversized pickup sticks game

 

Sack Races
Source: Loralee Lewis

34. Or how about an old-fashioned sack race?

Tug of War
Source: Parents

35. Kids can try this fun version of Tug-of-War with 'stumps.'

 

Ladder Golf
Source: DIY Network

36. Have you ever played Ladder Golf? Learn how to build your own here.

 

 

PVC ladder golf
photo: Mom Endeavors

37. Or make an inexpensive PVC version here.

 

Balloon darts
Source: She Knows

38. Have fun with a round of balloon darts.

 


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 Make the most of the warm weather and get outdoors! We hope you've enjoyed this round-up of DIY Outdoor Games and Activities that are designed to appeal to both kids and adults alike. Enjoy the family fun!

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Marcia on May 16, 2013:

Some great ideas! Thank you


Jola on May 08, 2013:

These are great ideas!!!! Thanks!!!!


faith-towers on May 02, 2013:

Glad you liked the ideas Bre, hope the reunion is a blast!


Bre on May 02, 2013:

These are so fun.  We are having a huge famiy reunion this summer and I am in charge of outdoor kids activites and I see some real potential for some laughs.  Way better than the 3 legged race (not that we won't still have that)

Thanks for the ideas! 


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