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20+ Fun DIY Yard Games for Hours of Outdoor Play

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School is out and summer is finally here, so it is a perfect time for these fun DIY Yard Games games for kids and adults! We love DIY yard games for so many reasons, not least of which – they are just fun to have on hand for when company is over, a BBQ breaks out, or you just want to get the kids outside to ‘touch grass‘ (as the young people say). But there are even more selling features than these obvious ones. Let’s list some!

fun diy yard games

First off, DIY Yard Games are usually giant size. Giant-sized anything is scientifically demonstrated to be awesome!

We’ve owned normal-sized Jenga since forever and, sure, the kids play it occasionally. But haul out the Giant Jenga and try to stop them from playing! The stakes seem bigger (because they literally are) and every move carries anxious and hilarious implications.

So many of these other games are super-sized too and we can’t wait to try them (Kerplunk! With tomato cages!? Genius!).

You can also use the ‘DIY’ part of these DIY yard games to teach the kids (or yourself) some new skills.

Many of these are simple, a-trip-to-the-dollar-store-&-one-afternoon-of-work sort of projects. Kids’ learning thrives on anything where they can see a quick payout and they can do some of the steps.

Add in the fact that you are making awesome, fun games that they will get to play OUTSIDE and you have a winner from the ‘good parent’ point of view.

Even if your kids are younger and can’t handle the power tool or higher-skill parts that a few of these involve, they can help paint or decorate the finished product. Wins all around!

Finally, just scrolling through this list shows how creative and amazing our fellow humans are.

I really wish I had thought of the water gun race game, as we totally would’ve adapted it for a Spy– or Heist-themed birthday from days gone by.

Similarly, glow-bowling and backyard Quidditch are so simple yet would engage kids (and, again, adults) for hours. Even if you think you’re not a DIY or Backyard game person, check this stuff out because we think there is at least one that will convert you!

Plus, being able to tell your guests that you made it will be a great feeling. They will marvel at your skills and your clever inventiveness (and you don’t have to tell them that you found the idea here).

Summer is short. Get making your favourite games(s), grab some snacks and a cooler of drinks. Invite some friends over and GAME ON!

20+ Fun DIY Yard Games

DIY Oversized Outdoor Checkerboard Game
DIY Oversized Outdoor Checkerboard Game from A Home To Grow Old In

The DIY Yardzee Backyard Game
The DIY Yardzee Backyard Game from A Turtle’s Life for Me

DIY Football Toss Outdoor Game
DIY Football Toss Outdoor Game from Cherished Bliss

Squirt Gun Water Races
Squirt Gun Water Races from Design Dazzle

Giant Lawn Dominoes
Giant Lawn Dominoes from Dream a Little Bigger

Sponge Khoosh Balls
Sponge Khoosh Balls from Family Focus Blog

DIY Backyard Plinko Party Game
DIY Backyard Plinko Party Game from Happiness is Homemade

Easy DIY Rainbow Paver Hopscotch
Easy DIY Rainbow Paver Hopscotch from Happiness is Homemade

DIY Yard Scrabble
DIY Yard Scrabble from Lemon Thistle

DIY Cornhole Game Two Ways
DIY Cornhole Game Two Ways from Lovely Indeed

DIY Bean Bag Toss
DIY Bean Bag Toss from Mod Podge Rocks

DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game
DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game from Sugar & Cloth

Paint a Four in a Row Game
Paint a Four in a Row Game from The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Backyard Quidditch
DIY Backyard Quidditch from The Scrap Shoppe

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