During warmer weather, I love to get outside as a family to play. Outdoor games can be expensive though so I love DIY backyard games.
I believe it’s important to help my kids develop the habit of being active at a young age. I also cherish the time I get to spend with them since they are growing so quickly!
That’s why I love to find games and activities that get us moving and that we all enjoy. I especially like it when it doesn’t involve leaving home or spending a ton of money to be entertained elsewhere.
Games that can be played in our backyard are my favorites. We play a lot of sports like volleyball, badminton, soccer and basketball. But we also enjoy other games that don’t necessarily require athletic ability.
Inspired by this tutorial to make your own jeopardy gameboard, I realized there were probably lots of homemade outdoor game options too so I went hunting for them.
These DIY backyard games are fun for the entire family, great for parties, or just outdoor fun. You can enjoy a fun afternoon together and fire up the grill for an easy outdoor dinner too.
Even better, making these games together as a family is almost as much fun as playing them!
DIY Backyard Games
Life Size Board Games
Your favorite family board games become brand new experiences when you make them bigger and play them outside!
- Oversized Checkerboard Game
- DIY Chess Board
- DIY Dominos and Yahtzee
- DIY Lawn Scrabble
- Outdoor Twister
- Four in a Row Game
- DIY Kerplunk
- Giant Jenga
DIY Versions of Traditional Backyard Games
Save a ton of money by making your own versions of traditional backyard games. Prefer to save time? Next to each DIY backyard game is a link to a version you can purchase instead.
- DIY Cornhole Boards (or you can buy this cornhole set)
- DIY Mini Putt Putt Course (or purchase this putting green)
- DIY Ladder Golf (or this premade ladder golf set)
- Pipe Ball Lawn Game (or you can buy this bucketball game)
- Flamingo Ring Toss (or purchase this traditional ring toss set)
New Twists on Traditional Games
Sometimes, you can breath new life into old games by putting a new twist on them. These creative versions of a couple of classics should do the trick!
More Outdoor Family Fun
If you liked the DIY Backyard Games above, you might enjoy some of these other fun outdoor family activities:
One of my family’s favorite outdoor activities is to have an epic Nerf war.
We also manage to have a ton of fun armed only with sidewalk chalk!
And my kids love all of these outdoor activities.
Indoor Family Fun
Prefer to stay busy inside? Check out these indoor games you might enjoy.
And here are four DIY table games you can make and play as a family!