Family DIY

DIY Outdoor Games to Keep Kids Active

When Texas summer turns from mild to sweat-pourin’ hot, it’s tempting to spend the days inside in front of the TV with the AC on full blast! If you find your kiddos melted into your living room sofa, we have a solution! These DIY outdoor games are a fun and easy way to get the kids active and make for a perfect backyard evening with the whole family. Let the games begin!

Giant Lawn Scrabble

Stay active in body and mind with this awesome Lawn Scrabble idea! Turn your beloved classic board game into a backyard spelling frenzy with some cardboard and paint.

Bottle Bowling

Transform your driveway, porch, or deck into a bowling alley! Create colorful bowling pins with this tutorial, or paint red strips at the top of bottles to keep it classic.

Rainbow Hopscotch

So you don’t have to redraw your board every time it rains, try making a hopscotch board with pavers! Paint your hopscotch board whichever colors you like, but we think this rainbow one is perfect for summer.

Elephant Game

Warning: this game causes unstoppable laughter. As seen on the television show “Minute to Win It,” this hilarious game tests your agility skills in a whole new way. All you need is a small ball like a tennis or golf ball, sheer pantyhose, and something to knock over, like bottles or cups.

Noodle Agility

This tutorial shows you how to use your “noodle” to create an agility and obstacle course, made entirely from your favorite pool accessory.

Backyard Carnival Games

For a themed game night, this tutorial shows you how to transform your backyard into a carnival, all from cardboard! Our favorite is the balloon dart game and the adorable ticket booth.

Obstacle Course

And for the ULTIMATE summer party, Martha Stewart’s blog gives a step-by-step guide on how to turn your yard into a kid-friendly obstacle course.

Bonus: Make medals to award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

Now get outside and make the most of this summer sun!