Last Updated on February 23, 2021
I'm looking forward to summer so much this year, I've already gone on a hunt for some of the best backyard games and activities for kids… AND adults!
A lot of these would make for fun party games (4th of July, maybe?), but some of them are so simple and cheap to make, you could play them anytime. It's definitely a great way to get the family to spend more time outdoors.
If you're really crafty (or know someone who is), you might enjoy constructing a giant lawn chess game or even a backyard bowling alley! Why leave the house when you can have so much fun in your own backyard?
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1. Yard Twister
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 within a few weeks it grows out. 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. Get the full instructions here.
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! Believe it or not, this game has become so popular you can actually purchase a Giant Jenga Set for about $100 on Amazon (just in case you're not much of a do-it-yourselfer).