32 Of The Best DIY Backyard Games

7. Giant Outdoor Chess

My husband and I recently bought a new fancy chess board, and have been holding a small tournament. I’ve even got our scores written down on the chalk board in my office– I mean business! I absolutely love the idea of taking it outdoors. This would not only be fun, but would keep us both a little more active. Although, I’m curious to see if it would be a little harder to strategize with it being a little harder to see the whole picture.

Simply use pavers or tiles to create the board, and then you can find giant chess pieces on Amazon. I’m not crazy about the grass for the darker squares because I think it would be hard to maintain, but perhaps a darker tile in lieu of the grass, or you can also find outdoor boards on Amazon and skip the whole DIY thing. Hehe.

32 Of The Best DIY Backyard Games You Will Ever Play -- SO MUCH FUN! And the pieces can be purchased on Amazon.

Buy chess pieces from: Amazon


8. Nature Scavenger Hunt

A good scavenger hunt is one of my favorite childhood memories! I think all kids love exploring the outdoors (you know, before we become OCD about dirt). I definitely don’t think we spend nearly enough time outdoors these days, and I’d love to put something like this together for my kids! It could be done in your own yard, a park, or even on a camping trip. Go get the instructions and free printable here.

32 Of The Best DIY Backyard Games You Will Ever Play -- Nature scavenger hunt for kids (free printable).

Instructions & free printable: Five Little Chefs


9. Bean Bag Toss

Drill a couple of different sized plastic buckets to a board, and have fun seeing who can get the most bean bags in (or rings, rocks, balls, etc.). You can keep score by assigning the buckets with different point values based on their size. This could keep the kids entertained for hours! Get the instructions here.

32 Of The Best DIY Backyard Games You Will Ever Play --- I want to make this!!

Go get the instructions: Lowe’s





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