I could spend all summer long lounging in my backyard. A cool drink and a good book are all I need. Unfortunately my chill summer vibes haven’t rubbed off on my two-year-old yet. So I’ve discovered more than a few ways to keep her occupied in the yard while I work on my tan. These backyard games are all low budget, easy to set-up, and fun enough that I don’t mind getting off my lounge chair to play them. Here are 10 DIY backyard summer games your kids (and you!) will love.
Water balloon catch
Step up your catch game with this exciting and risky twist. Swap out your ball for a water balloon and see how long you can last before it pops!
This gym-class classic easily translates to the backyard. Divide into teams and face off in the backyard. Make sure to use soft balls – blow up beach balls are perfect!
A little spray paint will turn your lawn into an epic boardgame. Pickup cans of red, blue, yellow, and green spray paint, and spray six circles of each colour in four separate rows. Use string or a spare 2×4 to help you measure out a straight line, and a bucket to serve as your circle template. Time to get twisty!
Sidewalk chalk tic-tac-toe
Use your driveway or patio as your base and have fun drawing out giant tic-tac-toe boards with sidewalk chalk.
Giant slip and slide
All you need for this easy set-up is a large tarp or piece of plastic (easy to find at your local hardware store) and a sprinkler. Make sure to secure your slide with a couple planks of wood or tent stakes.
Kiddie car and bike wash
Let the kids have fun cleaning up their bike, trikes, and toy cars with a couple sudsy buckets, sponges, and a hose. You’ll be amazed at how much they love it.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. Mix it up and try the original version, as well as freeze tag and colour tag.
Write out the alphabet using paper or sidewalk chalk and have the kids search out something in the yard for every letter.
Water gun target practice
As simple as it sounds. Set up old cans, bottles, cones, and patio furniture to serve as your targets.
Tree stump tug of war
Make the tugging a little harder by standing on tree stumps if your backyard provides them. Upside down milk crates, boxes, or baskets are all great substitutes.