25 DIY Back Yard Games for Family Fun

Pool Noodle Ring Toss

Here at GameroomVault.com most of our articles are geared towards indoor activities for your family gameroom, but we love to get outside too. Outdoor activities and games are great for family fun, and there are all kinds of possibilities.

If you’re interested in having more quality time with your family, budget doesn’t have to be an obstacle. Their are a lot of great games that you can make for very little money. In this post we’ll feature 25 different DIY options for outdoor family fun. Some are very simple, and others are a little more complex. Each one includes a link to the site that provides details or instructions. You’re sure to find at least a few that your family would love.

DIY Backyard Games and Activities

Outdoor Movie Screen

This outdoor movie screen can be made for about $50, and then you’ll just need a projector. Basic projectors are pretty cheap now, so you can  enjoy movies outside without breaking the bank. This is a great option for parties, or just for family nights.

via The Shabby Creek Cottage

Outdoor Movie Screen

Football Toss

Challenge yourself and your friends with this fun football toss game.

via Cherished Bliss

Football Toss

Ladder Golf

Ladder golf is a great outdoor game, and with the help of this tutorial you can make your own from PVD pipe. Best of all, you can take it apart for convenient storage.

via Mom Endeavors

Ladder Golf

Mini Golf

Everybody loves mini golf. Wouldn’t it be great to play in your own yard? Here are some plans that you can follow to make it happen.

via This Old House

DIY Mini Golf

Corn Hole Boards

Corn Hole is a popular outdoor game for parties and tailgating. Now you can make your own boards following these instructions.

via Alayna’s Creations

Corn Hole Boards

Cornhole Toss Set

Here is another option for creating your own cornhole boards. Watch the video below or read the linked article.

via DIYPete.com

Three Hole Washers Toss

This game is similar to cornhole, but a little different. You can make this game pretty easily following these instructions.

via My Crazy Good Like

3 Hole Washers Toss

Bean Bag Toss

This simple bean bag toss game is fun for kids and adults.

via Mod Podge Rocks

Bean Bag Toss

Recycled Bottle Bowling

This simple project uses bottles for bowling pins and a tennis ball as the bowling ball. It’s easy to make and a great game for kids.

via Moonfrye

Recycled Bottle Bowling

Mini Bowling Lane

Here is a great idea for a mini (kid-sized) bowling lane made of wood.

via Remodelaholic

Mini Bowling Lane

Backyard Bowling Alley

If you like the idea of bowling in your yard, but the previous 2 examples are too small-scale for you, this one is another great option. Of course, it’s more involved, but the end result is awesome.

via Imgur

Backyard Bowling Alley

Cup Races

This game is simple to make, and every kid loves playing with squirt guns.

via All for the Boys

Cup Races

Sprinkler Limbo

On a hot summer day, what better fun for the kids than sprinkler limbo! And it doesn’t have to be just for kids either.

via The Pinning Mama

Sprinkler Limbo

Sponge Water Bombs

Water balloon fights are a fun summer activity, but cleaning up the balloon bits is no fun. This alternative uses sponges instead. There is no mess, and they can be used multiple times.

via The Chic Site

Sponge Water Bomb

Hit the Can

This game is simple to make, but a lot of fun to play. All you need is a few cans, paper paper, and a ball.

via Paging Supermom

Hit the Can

Giant Outdoor Kerplunk

Fun for the whole family! This game is pretty simple to create, but is sure to be a favorite.

via A Little Craft in Your Day

Giant Outdoor Kerplunk

Ring Toss

Whether you are tailgating or simply playing the your back yard, ring toss can be a lot of fun.

via Beneath My Heart

Ring Toss

Pool Noodle Ring Toss

Here is another ring toss option that makes use of inexpensive pool noodles.

via Trish Sutton

Pool Noodle Ring Toss

Backyard Slingshot

This slingshot can be used in a few different ways. You can create a game to knock over buckets (shown in the photo below), or just use it to launch water balloons.

via Rogue Engineer

Backyard Slingshot

Rainbow Paver Hopscotch

With pavers and some paint you can create this fun, colorful game that kids will love.

via Happiness is Homemade

Rainbow Hopscotch

Yard Yahtzee

Take Yahtzee outdoors with the help of this tutorial.

via The Pinning Mama

Yard Yahtzee

Outdoor Dominoes

These large wood dominoes are not hard to make and will be a hit.

via One Dog Woof

Outdoor Dominoes

Giant Tic Tac Toe Board

All you need is some canvas, bean bags, and tape.

via Living Well Spending Less

Giant Tic Tac Toe Board

Water Blob

This one isn’t so much a game as it is a fun activity. Still, kids will really enjoy it on a summer day.

via Clumsy Crafter

Water Blob

Stone Tic Tac Toe

Here is another variation of tic tac toe. This simple option uses stones for the pieces.

via Taryn Whiteaker

Stone Tic Tac Toe

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DIY Back Yard Games

About the Author Alberto

I live in Pennsylvania with my wife and four children. Time with family is very important to me, so I started Gameroom Vault to help others find fun ways to spend time with their families at home.

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