20+ DIY Outdoor Games You Should Play This Summer

It's way too nice out to stay inside!

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It's finally that time of year when you and the kids can take the family fun outside! Whether your backyard is big or small, you can enjoy these DIY outdoor games that are easy to make and even more fun to play. You'll have the entire neighborhood over at your place!

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Cherished Bliss
Football Toss

The kids can practice their perfect aim and get ready for fall football season with this throwing game.

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What you'll need: utility hinge ($5 for 2-pack, ); steel square-head screws ($4, )

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DIY Studio
Giant Lawn Matching Game

You can customize these durable squares with whichever pictures or patterns you desire. If you like the summer-themed version, this blogger includes downloadable stencils in her tutorial to re-create your own.

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What you'll need: cork tiles ($14 for 8-pack, )

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Twin Dragonfly Designs
Ladder Golf Game

If you're looking for an activity on-the-go—maybe for your next camping trip—this ladder ball game can be taken apart for easy transport.

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What you'll need: 1-inch dowels, ($6, ); washers ($7 for 100, )

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My Crazy Good Life
Three-Hole Washers Game

Introduce your kids to a classic game from your childhood. The whole family will have fun playing this blast from the past.

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What you'll need: clothesline rope ($11, )

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Constantly Lovestruck
Big Bananagrams

Bigger is better with this lawn game. Your kids will have fun seeing how far they can stretch their words.

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What you'll need: hardboard panels ($19 for 5-pack, )

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Chicken Scratch NY
Lady Bug and Bumble Bee Tic-Tac-Toe

Paint rocks to resemble your favorite bugs, critters, or animals to make this super-simple game.

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What you'll need: bag of rocks ($10, )

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That's My Letter
Put-Put Mini Golf Course

Both grown-ups and kiddos alike will have fun playing with this easy-to-make course. Plus, you can move it to the basement or playroom to use on cold or rainy days.

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What you'll need: synthetic grass rug ($18, )

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Shanty 2 Chic
DIY Outdoor Checkers Table

This versatile table provides the perfect place to pay a few games of checkers, chess, or any other board game—all while soaking up the sun this summer.

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What you'll need: wood checkers ($9, )

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Courtesy of One Good Thing
Lawn Twister

Spray-paint red, yellow, green, and blue dots onto grass to create your very own lawn twister. Make your own spinner using cardboard, or just use the one from the box.

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What you'll need: temporary spray chalk ($48 for 24 cans, )

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Courtesy of Nap Time Creations
Yard Yahtzee

Classic Yahtzee gets a larger-than-life revamp with this lawn version. Make your dice using wood blocks—just draw the dots on them with a Sharpie.

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Courtesy of Momtastic
Yard Yahtzee

Have a wood-burning tool on hand? Here's another fun DIY for Yard Yahtzee.

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Courtesy of All For the Boys
Water Cup Races

Reminiscent of the clown-and-balloon carnival game, this water cup race is easy to set up and easy for everyone to enjoy. All you have to do to make this fun game is cut holes in the bottoms of plastic cups, then string the cups onto a piece of yarn.

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Courtesy of Design Dazzle
Kerplunk

This outdoor version of Kerplunk uses a tomato cage and PVC pipes for a giant-sized take on the classic game. Tip: Use pool noodles as sticks and water balloons to make this a water game!

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Courtesy of The Happy Housewife
Backyard Dunk Tank

Perfect for hot summer days, this homemade dunk tank is an exciting sideshow for your next barbecue.

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Courtesy of Consider the Peel
Lawn Scrabble

Expand your vocabulary with this outdoor lawn word game. Cut squares from sheets of wood that are a half-inch thick. Sand down the edges of the "tiles," paint on the letters and numbers, and get ready for a good time!

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Courtesy of Moonfrye
Recycled Bottle Bowling

Recycle old soda bottles by making this cool bowling lawn game. Paint them whatever colors you'd like, or keep it classic with a red-and-white striped color scheme.

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Courtesy of One Dog Woof
Lawn Dominoes

Set up the dominoes to be knocked down, or simply play the classic game. Whatever you do, these lawn dominoes will take any party to the next level.

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Courtesy of Lovely Indeed
Cornhole

Use to make your own game of corn hole, and paint the board with fun and bright colors. Make your own bean bags by sewing together some squares of fabric and filling them with dried beans or lentils.

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Courtesy of Sugar and Cloth/Jared Smith
Flamingo Ring Toss

This is hands-down (foot up?) the cutest game of ring toss we've ever seen! It's guaranteed to be the hit of your outdoor barbecue.

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Courtesy of Build Basic/Ashley Largesse Photography
DIY Four-In-a-Row Yard Game

Love Connect Four? You'll love it even more when you can play it outside, thanks to the DIY genius of blogger Jenn.

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Courtesy of Mod Podge Rocks
Bean Bag Toss

Thanks to clay pots and printables, you'll be able to whip up this outdoor classic in no time!

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Courtesy of Lemon Thistle
Giant Jenga

Super-size your Jenga with a bunch of wood blocks. Give the game an exciting look by painting the pieces different colors!

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