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Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Guest Posts, How To | 0 comments

DIY Backyard Games to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

DIY backyard games

It’s finally summertime! And while the temperatures may be spiking, there is only so much indoor time we can take before we all start to go more than a little stir crazy. Unfortunately, vacations and amusement parks are expensive. But here at Modernize, we empower homeowners to make the most of their homes—without spending money unnecessarily. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite DIY backyard games that are perfect for kids—and the whole family, really. You’ll save money staying home and your family can get some important exercise. So get ready to try out some new DIY skills and turn your backyard into your own private amusement park!

Fan Favorites—with a Twist

DIY backyard games

If you’re okay with a little spray paint on the lawn, you can create a game of lawn twister by spray painting circles onto your lawn (or even on a reusable tarp), to create a life sized game board. Spray paint four rows of six horizontal dots in green, red, blue and white, just like a Twister board. It will be easy to maneuver on the soft grass, and this variation will have your kids laughing all day and they twist and tumble. If you can get your hands on some scrap wood, use some large wooden blocks to create a super sized game of Jenga. The game works best with wood blocks size 14 in x 4 in x 4 in. This is a great game for older kids. It can be difficult to strategize on a larger scale and it will cause your family members to use their brain power.

Recycled Bottle Bowling


Grab a few old bottles and get ready to create a DIY bowling game in your yard. Fill each bottle with a bit of water so they have some weight to keep them in place. You can paint the bottles like classic bowling pins to make the game more realistic. To personalize it even more, attach an image of each family member to a pin. You could add glow sticks inside to make it a nighttime game.

Frisbee Disc Tic-Tac-Toe


Create a fun game of tic-tac-toe, the whole whole family will love. Create a tic-tac-toe board on a sheet with colored tape. Divide the sheet into nine equal squares. Use a stone to weigh down each corner. Each kid or family member will toss the disc to claim their position on the board. As trivial as it seems, the game requires real skill and precision throwing.


Jumbo Sized Memory Game

DIY backyard games

via Studio DIY

The cool kids over at Studio DIY came up with a lawn sized version of the classic memory game. They’ve included printable stencils in fun summertime shapes. Just spray paint some pieces of cardboard or cork with two of each shape and place them upside down on your lawn. Have fun seeing which of your family members have the best memory.

Have a Sprinkler Dance-off

DIY backyard games

What would summer be without some fun in the water? You can create a homemade sprinkler to cool down and have hours of fun. Just poke holes in an old water bottle and attach it to a hose. Turn it into a game by judging a sprinkler dance contest. Watch your family members come up with creative flips and dances over the sprinkler and laugh the afternoon away.

Old-fashioned Fun


Turn your backyard into an old-timey carnival with a favorite classic—a ring toss! You can create your own DIY version using some dowels as poles and nylon rope for rings, or even fashion rings from coiled and glued jute rope and use recycled bottles as your targets, as seen here.

Your family will have a quarterback’s arm by the end of the summer with this fun game.

Water Balloons


Water balloons will provide endless entertainment for your family this summer. A twist on dodgeball is a fun way to cool down and have a fantastic time. Divide your family into two groups and give each individual a bucket of water balloons. Target your opponents and the last “dry” person standing wins the game.

Want to start a little paint war? Fill your water balloons with different colors of paints, wear white shirts and start pelting each other. The person with the whitest shirt get the prize.

Build a Fort


DIY backyard games

One of the best and most creative ways to explore your own backyard is to make your own fort. Blankets, sheets, cardboard boxes, and chairs are perfect for a hidden oasis for your kids, but you can get bonus points for using natural materials such as branches, leaves, and rocks as well. If you feel like getting extra creative, consider cultivating your own willow den—as the plants grow, you can gently intertwine them and create the perfect private hideout for your kids—plus, it just sounds magical, right?

Make your summer unforgettable with these fun backyard games. You can have an amusement park in your own backyard using things you may already have lying around your home. You’ll win the parent of the year award and have a great time bonding with your family.

Jane Blanchard is an author and home designer who is passionate about sustainable living. She enjoys writing professionally for Modernize with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.