DIY Outdoor Fun

Posted on Aug 26 2013 - 4:00pm by Dayna Hathaway

A backyard can be many things: a showroom for perfectly maintained grass, the setting for a lazy hammock, the context for a charcoal grill.

These are all great, but really your yard isn’t living up to its potential if it isn’t a site for fun, fun, and more fun. The options are endless.

Need ideas? Here are some great ones.


Backyards are perfect for games of all kinds, even giant versions of your favorite board games, like giant Scrabble and super-sized checkers.


Lawn games are also called for. Try a DIY ring toss game, a simple bean bag toss, giant pick-up sticks, or a pipe ball lawn game.


Want more challenge? How about creating your own backyard bocce court? Find other ideas in this list of 30 classic games to play outdoors.


More kid fun

Backyards are wonderlands for kids, especially when someone helps them put together a special place of their own or make an exciting outdoor toy.

Your little pioneers will love this outdoor fort or this backyard teepee. Or treat them to some fun from days of yore with a clothesline tunnel tent.


Of course you can always build a tree house or a sandbox. For a little more scintillating fun, make your own water rocket or a DIY kiddie carwash. Also, making your own bubbles never gets old.


But want the ultimate in backyard fun? Make an outdoor movie theater.


What are you planning to use your backyard for this summer? What backyard fun do you kids and other family members love best?