Do you ever dream of spending carefree summer days and nights hosting fabulous parties or entertaining your kids with DIY backyard games, only to face the realization that the only thing you know how to do is say Go Outside and Play?
You’re not alone!
While we can all agree that summer days and nights are better with friends and family, we all weren’t blessed with the crafty DIY gene to bring such festivities together. If you lack in the DIY department, don’t be discouraged! I’ve found 33 DIY backyard games that are simple and inexpensive to make and suitable for any occasion from outdoor parties to family reunions or fun family days and nights with kids of all ages & abilities this summer!
If you have a child with autism or SPD like my son, you may want to check out my favorites for him like Beach Ball Bowling, Lawn Dominoes, Tic Tac Toe, Bean Bag Toss, Giant Matching Game, Glow in the Dark Bubbles, Outdoor Chalkboard, Blanket Run, Soap Boats, and Plinko! (Just to name a few!)
DIY Horseshoes Game Set – Salty Canary
DIY Bananagrams | Lawn Scrabble – Constantly Lovestruck
DIY Football Toss – Cherished Bliss
DIY Outdoor Bowling Game – POLKADOT CHAIR
DIY Lawn Dominoes – iron & twine
DIY Yard Yahtzee – Life Sew Savory
DIY Cornhole Game – Lovely Indeed
Frozen T-Shirt Race – A Girl And A Glue Gun
Oversized Tic Tac Toe Game – Her Tool Belt
Bean Bag Toss – One More Moore
Backyard Giant Game Board – The 36th Avenue
DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Yard Game – Sugar & Cloth
DIY Four-In-A-Row Yard Game – Build-Basic
Giant Matching Game – Studio DIY!
DIY Ladder Golf Game – twin dragonfly Designs
Backyard Twister – You + Me
DIY Ring Toss Game – Mom Endeavors
Giant Jenga – A Beautiful Mess
Glow In The Dark Hopscotch – Our Little Women
Glow In The Dark Bubbles – Growing A Jeweled Rose
Bean Bag Ladder Toss- Landeelu
DIY Hula Hoop Tic Tac Toe – Source & Instructions HGTV
DIY Mini Putt Course – Jaime Costiglio
DIY Outdoor Chalkboard – hey there, HOME
Blanket Run – Sweet Dreams Are Made of These
Soap Boat Races – i heart naptime
DIY Obstacle Course – Source & Instructions ashleyannphotography
Pool Noodle Backyard Games – The Joys of Boys
DIY Tic Tac Toe Game – Tatertots & Jello
Hula Hoop Summer Games – Playground Parkbench
Rainbow Paver Hopscotch – Happiness is Homemade
DIY Backyard Plinko – Happiness is Homemade
DIY Kids Fishing Game – Hello Little Home
Which one is your favorite? It’s hard to pick, right?
We don’t have time for that anyway. You’ve got to get yourself down (or up whatever the case may be) to the Dollar Store and get to work! You can let me know your favorite when things calm down a little. (AKA: Mom Code for Never!)
Have a Happy Summer, y’all!
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For more fun ways to spend time with your kids this summer (or any time) check out my board, Kids Activities & Crafts!