Now that the weather has warmed up for the year, we’ve been trying to think of as many crafty and fun ways as we can to get our kids back outside playing after a long winter stuck inside hiding from the cold. That’s how we came up with the idea of helping them make some awesome backyard games and activities! We’ve been scouring the Internet for the last week looking for as many different DIY games as we can, with bonus points if it’s something the kids can actually help us make before they play with it.
Just in case you love the idea of making your own family some awesome DIY backyard activities and outdoor games just as much as we did, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. DIY jumbo Connect 4
Are you the kind of person who knows a thing or two about basic woodworking and you’re not afraid of using power tools, especially if it means something extra fun at the end? Then you just might be the perfect person to give this awesome jumbo sized backyard version of the classic kids’ name Connect 4 a try! Get the details for making one of your own on Andrea’s Notebook.
2. Jumbo DIY yard Yahtzee
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of classic games turned jumbo backyard summer activities but your kids have never been all that interested in Connect 4? Then perhaps Yahtzee is your game of choice instead! We love the way Momtastic made these jumbo dice from wood and got a metal bucket to shake them in and toss them from.
3. Awesome backyard slingshot
Are your kids a little more hyperactive and intent on really making things happen rather than focusing on a game or counting up the dots on some dice? Then perhaps you’d all get along a little better with this fantastic tutorial from Ryobi Nation that teaches you step by step how to make a backyard slingshot that will shoot a soccer ball all the way across your yard!
4. Giant DIY yard Jenga
Just in case you’re still totally intrigued with the concept of making giant backyard versions of classic games from wood, here’s a fantastic way to get everyone working together on the patio! Sure, the grass on your lawn might be a little too bumpy for your tower to stand solidly so you’ll need to do it on the cement or another firmer kind of ground but following Lemon Thistle‘s tutorial to make your very own jumbo Jenga is worth it.