The temperatures are warming up outside and it’s time for some outdoor fun! Here are 30+ DIY Outdoor Games for you to create and enjoy this summer!
Let’s have some fun outside this summer with these DIY Outdoor Games! Most of these games are suitable for all ages. Modify the rules or dimensions of the games to fit your needs. Please click the blue/gray links to be taken to the source with the full tutorial and more pictures and fun! Pin the collage so you can easily find the post. I hope you enjoy these fun game ideas! You’ll find these games organized into Board Games, Playground Equipment, Water Activities, Toss Games, and Balloon Games.
If you want to browse even more DIY game ideas, check out this post from a few summers ago: 17 DIY Games for Outdoor Family Fun!
1. DIY Oversized Checkerboard by A Home to Grow Old in
Robin and Samantha created this adorable DIY Oversized Checkerboard from the lids of jars! They also have a tutorial on how to make the board. This is an easy and cute game idea that older kids can help create!
2. DIY Outdoor Game Table by Shanty 2 Chic
Whitney and Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic always have the best building plans! This outdoor game table can be used for Checkers as pictured, tic-tac-toe, or your own board or card game! Click the link to get all of the build details.
3. Tic Tac Toe by Atta Girl Says
Amy from Atta Girl Says created this cute Ladybugs vs. Tadpoles Tic Tac Toe game using rocks and a craft wood round! Enlist the help of your kids to help find, clean, and paint the rocks for your game.
4. DIY Outdoor Boggle by Infarrantly Creative
Beckie from Infarrantly Creative built a DIY Outdoor Boggle game! If you aren’t familiar with Boggle, you might recognize the similar app version called Word Streak. Very cute game!
1. DIY Seesaw by Classy Clutter
Mallory and Savannah from Classy Clutter have building plans and a great example for you to follow to make this fun DIY Seesaw.
2. DIY Rope Swing by Dukes & Duchesses
So many of our summer childhood memories include swinging on the backyard swing! Build one for your kids this summer with this easy to follow rope swing tutorial!
3. Obstacle Course by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Sarah from Frugal Fun 4 Boys created an obstacle course for her kids! She gives great tips on how to keep your kids safe while navigating the course. Big kids and adults will love this course as well!
4. DIY Tetherball Old Salt Farm
Kierste from Old Salt Farm made this DIY Tetherball for about half the price as one sold online. Score!
5. DIY Slingshot by Rogue Engineer
This backyard slingshot is like a homemade carnival game! Go see how Jamison and Jamie from Rogue Engineer built this fun game.
1. DIY Sprinkler by Housing a Forest
Tammy from Housing a Forest created this DIY Sprinkler from a plastic bottle and shows you how to do it. This is another great project for kids to help with!
2. Squirt Gun Races by This Grandma is Fun
Here is a simple idea that can be played in the pool or on the ground!
3. DIY Water Sponge Bombs by Mom Spotted
Jennifer from Mom Spotted made a game similar to a water balloon fight, but without the mess of water balloons! You can reuse these over and over—perfect for hot, summer days!
4. DIY Dunk Bucket by The Happy Housewife
Toni from The Happy Housewife has a tutorial for a DIY Dunk Bucket. How fun and unique!
5. Tipsy Waiter by The Creative Bite
Danielle from The Creative Bite hosts a backyard Olympics type day that looks like so much fun! This particular game called Tipsy Waiter involves spinning the person around and then watching them try to walk with cups of water.
1. Bean Bag Toss by Modge Podge Rocks
Amy from Modge Podge Rocks created this adorable bean bag toss game! The game pieces are clay pot saucers, but you could use paper plates in a pinch! Amy includes free printables and all of the step by step instructions for you on her blog.
2. Bean Bags by Chica and Jo
Chica and Jo show us how to make the cutest bean bags which can be used with a variety of different games.
3. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game by Sugar and Cloth
Ashley from Sugar + Cloth came up with this super fun DIY Flamingo Ring Toss game that can be played almost anywhere!
4. Recycled Bottle Ring Toss by DecoArt
Here is a great way to repurpose all of those quarantine wine bottles! Follow this tutorial to create a beautiful ring toss game.
5. DIY Football Toss by Cherished Bliss
Test your loved ones tossing skills with this DIY Football Toss! Ashley at Cherished Bliss has a full tutorial!
6. Angry Birds Toss by Her Tool Belt
Amy from Her Tool Belt has a hilarious spin on the football toss game using Angry Birds!
7. DIY Marble Toss by Pretty Handy Girl
Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl made a marble toss game that is perfect for indoors or out!
8. Math Toss Games by One More Moore
Sneaky (and brilliant!) math toss game which can help keep those math skills sharp all summer!
1. Balloon Tennis by Little Bins for Little Hands
Balloon tennis only gets more fun with age! This is a hilarious game to watch and to play.
2. Balloon Dart Board by She Knows
Amy from She Knows has a whole post on carnival game ideas! This balloon dart game is easy to set-up and fun to play.
3. Water Balloon Pinata by Fireflies and Mudpies
Forget the candy and let’s have fun with some water! This Water Balloon Pinata will keep the kids entertained all summer!
4. Water Balloon Volleyball by It’s Always Autumn
Here is a twist on a classic game that adults and kids are sure to love!
5. Water Balloon Hunt by Kid Friendly Things To Do
Have a water balloon hunt! You know how this game ends. 😉
6. Water Balloon “Egg Race” by Kara’s Party Ideas
Love this fun spin on the traditional “egg race with a spoon” game. Perfect for summer!
1. Hula Hoop Lasso Challenge by Raising Dragons
Andrea from Raising Dragons created this amazingly funny game with hula hoops and string.
2. Kerplunk Game by Design Dazzle
Toni from Design Dazzle has the easiest design for a giant Kerplunk-style outdoor game. So much fun!
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