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Looking for a fun way to enjoy the outdoors with the kids? When the weather is nice, it’s great to get outside instead of staying indoors. Creating DIY outdoor games in the backyard is a fantastic way to do this. These games are perfect for backyard barbecues, parties, or simply having fun together.

These DIY games can be made and enjoyed by both kids and adults during the spring and summer. They’re not only fun and active, but they also provide a great opportunity for quality family time outside.

Here are 15 DIY Outdoor Backyard Games everyone will love.

1. Outdoor Obstacle Course

Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle
Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

Create the ultimate competition with this DIY outdoor obstacle course. Both kids and adults can get in on the action as they see who can complete the course without messing up the fastest.

See the Project: Outdoor Obstacle Course

2. Sponge Toss Water Game

Colorful sponge bombs
Image Credit: Crafts by Amanda

Turn sponges into a fun water game for kids to play outside when it’s hot. Think of the game as a water balloon fight, only with sponge bombs instead of water balloons. Kids will love tossing sponges or seeing who can win in a sponge fight competition.

See the Project: Sponge Toss Water Game

3. DIY Dice Yard Game

Giant sized dice with rainbow and sun painting
Image Credit: Laura Kelly

The kids will have fun helping you paint the giant yard dice and will also love playing games with them outside. You can get creative with making up your own games, using them like picture Yahtzee, or just letting the kids stack and play.

See the Project: DIY Dice Yard Game

4. Checkers

Kids playing on a Sidewalk Chalk Game Board
Image Credit: Kids Activities Blog

You can create your own checkers board on the back patio for a fun outdoor game the whole family will love. It’s great for kids and adults and is the perfect way to get outside play.

See the Project: Sidewalk Chalk Game Board

5. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Printable backyard scavenger hunt
Image Credit: Crafts on Sea

If you’re looking for a low-key game for kids to play outside, why not go on a fun scavenger hunt in the backyard? They’ll love finding the different insects, objects, and natural items.

See the Project: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

6. DIY Outdoor Jenga

Colorful Jenga
Image Credit: Drugstore Divas

Jenga is a game that we love to play with friends and family. It’s fun and competitive to see who can be the best at taking out the blocks and keeping the tower up. For summer, make your own gigantic Jenga blocks and turn them into a fun outdoor game kids can play.

See the Project: DIY Gigantic Jenga

7. Cornhole

Cornhole Game Board
Image Credit: Sustain My Craft Habit

If the family loves a good game of cornhole, you can make your own DIY cornhole game board for everyone to enjoy in the backyard. It’ll be a great outdoor game kids of all ages and adults can enjoy during the summer.

See the Project: DIY Cornhole Game Board

8. Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe

tic-tac-toe board
Image Credit: Sustain My Craft Habit

Tic-Tac-Toe is another easy game that everyone in the family can participate in. You can easily make your own outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe with rocks, paint, and wood.

See the Project: DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game

9. Giant Connect 4 DIY Outdoor Game

Giant connect game
Image Credit: Pine and Poplar

Take your family game night outdoors when the weather is nice and enjoy an old-fashioned, supersized Connect 4 game. This does take a little bit of extra work, but it’s worth it, and it will have everyone in the family outside enjoying the backyard.

See the Project: Giant Connect 4 DIY Outdoor Game

10. DIY Molkky Game

Mölkky Game with Carrier
Image Credit: Houseful of Handmade

Sometimes called Skittle Scatter, Molkky can be played outdoors and is great for when you need an outdoor game for a crowd. If you don’t have a crowd, the game can be played with just a small group. This tutorial will show you how to make your own supplies for the game and how to play.

See the Project: DIY Mölkky Game with Carrier

11. DIY Giant Chess Game

Giant Chess Set
Image Credit: DIY Danielle

Love playing chess with friends and family? Why not turn that game into a fun backyard game by creating your own DIY chess board with pavers?  You can get the giant chess pieces online.

See the Project: DIY Giant Chess Game

12. Backyard Plinko Game

Plinko Party Game
Image Credit: Happiness is Homemade

America’s favorite game! Make your own Plinko game outside and have the family compete to see who can get the most points. 

See the Project: Backyard Plinko Game

13. Giant Bubble Recipe & Game

Girl in a white shirt playing a giant bubble
Image Credit: A Happy Home in Holland

Bubbles are so much fun to play with in the summer, and you’ll often find kids doing them on warm summer days. Instead of buying those small bubble wants and containers, make your own giant bubble recipe at home and let the kids create large magical bubbles.

See the Project: Giant Bubble Recipe & Game

14. DIY Ring Toss

Ring Toss Game with Green and yellow color
Image Credit: Mom Endeavors

Make your own backyard game of ring toss with a few supplies and some work. Kids and adults can enjoy the game while enjoying the outdoors.

See the Project: DIY Ring Toss

15. Trampoline Games

Kids playing in the trampoline
Image Credit: Two Kids and A Coupon

There are a variety of different games kids can play on the trampoline while outside enjoying the nice weather. These trampoline games can give you some fun ideas for kids of all ages. 

See the Project: Trampoline Games

28 Budget-Friendly Front Yard Ideas for Stunning Curb Appeal

oversized planters
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Improving your home’s curb appeal not only presents well, but it can also boost your home’s value. Here are 28 to give your front yard the attention it deserves and transform it into a beautiful and inviting space you can be proud of.

28 Budget-Friendly Front Yard Ideas for Stunning Curb Appeal

24 Fun Backyard Entertainment Ideas Everyone Will Love

hammock in backyard
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With a little creativity and some elbow grease, you can turn your backyard into a haven for relaxation and enjoyment with these backyard entertainment ideas. Here are 25 Fun Backyard Entertainment Ideas.

25 Fun Backyard Entertainment Ideas Everyone Will Love

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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.

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