Looking for yard games the whole family can enjoy? Search no further! From classics like capture the flag to giant yard Jenga, these backyard activities are a blast for kids and adults alike.
Outside. The original and best play station. This mama has never been so happy to finally heed the universal battle cry of mothers ’round the world: “Go play outside!”
Let’s face it, there’s only so many board games, craft projects and baking lessons one can happily endure on their way through summer break before nerves get frayed.
So, if you are looking for great outdoor fun for a party or to get the kids involved in creative play, I put this list together for many of the activities we have done and loved during our family get-togethers.
Outdoor Yard Game Ideas
These popular games are fun for family members of all ages. Turn your backyard into an oasis of exploration and laughter.
I like the description of this game – If volleyball and four square had a baby, it would be called Spikeball. This game is best with four players, and it’s great for kids and adults alike. Kids can play at their level. Adults, feel free to get your competitive juices flowing in Olympic tryouts mode!
5. Elite Ring Toss
Ring toss is a classic lawn game for adults and kids that simply never goes out of style. This game can be customized, so it’s enjoyable for the very youngest and the very eldest family members. It also requires some fine motor skills, agility and basic math skills. Parenting win!
Create your own Lawn Games
For homegrown backyard inspiration, you often don’t have to look further than your very own garage, kitchen or craft supplies.
Cornhole has risen in popularity as the reigning king of backyard games. As an added bonus, it can be played with just two people.
The kids will go crazy when they see this Giant Outdoor Kerplunk! It’s inventive, colorful and fun. Suitable for any age group.
More DIY Outdoor Games
Many don’t need special equipment!
- DIY Spray Paint Twister Board
- Water Balloon/Water Gun Battle
- DIY Slip & Slide
- DIY mudpie station
- Life sized angry birds game
- Four Square
- Freeze Tag
- Bury some pyrite and have the kids dig for gold
- Lawn Dominoes
- Backyard DIY Plinko
- Telescopic Roasting Sticks for perfect Smores
- Hide and Seek
- Cork Boat Races
- Capture the flag with Glow in the Dark Bracelets as flags (here is a primer on the instructions)
- DIY dunk bucket
- DIY KOOB
More Summer Fun Ideas
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