Stay entertained at home with DIY Backyard Games for kids. Kids will love playing these fun outdoor games and you’ll love saving money with Dollar Tree items.
Try these 15 easy to make backyard games and activities for kids to keep them busy all summer long. Each of these simple DIY outdoor activities can be made with items you have at home or picked up at Dollar Tree.
Stop hearing them say I’m Bored and be ready for some family fun!
DIY Backyard Games for Kids with Dollar Tree Items
Obstacle courses can be created with anything you have in your garage or backyard. I’ll give you some ideas but use what you have to make a fun course to run through. Then mix it up by adding different items the next time.
What You Need – small cones, hula hoops, balls, buckets (any items you have at home)
How to Play – Create a DIY Course for the kids to run through. Here is a sample idea – set out cones, chairs or buckets to weave around, Hula hoops to jump through, balls to throw in a bucket, a board to walk over like a balance beam or a ball to bounce on to the finish line.
What You Need – Box of Chalk
How to play – Draw chalk games on your driveway or sidewalk for the kids to enjoy. Make hopscotch, obstacle course, scavenger hunt, color hunt, and more. Draw these out on your driveway and let the kids enjoy it.
Get more ideas in our Chalk Game for Kids.
What you Need – Frisbee, 3-6 Buckets
How to Play – Space out buckets around your yard. Then let the kids throw the frisbee and aim for the buckets. Your goal is to get the frisbee to land in the bucket.
Water Gun Battle
What You Need – Water Guns, Water, and Large Bucket or Bin
How to Play – Set out a large bucket or bin filled with water in the backyard for kids to fill up their water guns. This will keep you from having to constantly refill the water guns. Then let them run around shooting the water guns and keeping cool.
Don’t have enough kids for a battle? Let the kids shoot DIY Targets with their water guns. Get some ideas on how to make simple nerf targets and games with items you have at home.
Make a day of it by doing both a water battle and water target games.
Related Article – 60 Free Things to Do with Kids
Water Balloon Battle
What You Need – Water Balloons, Water, Buckets
How to Play – Split the kids into two teams and give them each a side of the yard. Make a line down the middle with items you have in your yard. We used buckets. Kids need to stay on their side of the yard while playing.
Then give each team a bucket filled with water balloons and let them start throwing the balloons at the other team. Make a rule the balloons need to hit below the head.
Water Balloon Toss
What You Need – Water Balloons
How to Play – Pair up the kids and have them stand across from each other. Start out standing close. Kids then throw the water balloon to their partner to catch. If the child catches it they take a big step back and throw again. Each time they catch the balloon the kids step back until someone misses.
See which team can toss the balloon the most times before they miss.
Water Balloon Baseball
What You Need – Water Balloons, Plastic baseball bat
How to Play – Let players hit a water balloon with their plastic bat just like they are playing a game of baseball. This game is a great way to keep cool in summer and to play baseball in a smaller yard.
To make it a game each child get three pitches. If they miss they are out but if a child hits the balloon they get to advance one base.
Related Article – Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids with Water Toys
What you Need – Balloons, Paper Plates, Wooden Spoon or Stick
How to Play – Blow up a balloon to use as a tennis ball. Then make tennis rackets by taping a wooden spoon to the back of a paper plate. Kids can then play tennis indoors or outdoor hitting the balloon back and forth.
TIP: Let the kids color their plates/rackets as a craft before they start playing.
Shaving Cream Art
How to Play – Layout a throwaway plastic table cloth. Then spray shaving cream on the cloth for the kids to mix and play with their hands. They’ll love the feel of shaving cream and mixing it up.
Add a drop of food color to make the saving cream different colors.
TIP: Make sure younger kids don’t eat the shaving cream
What You Need – Bag of mini-figures like dinosaurs, princesses or animals at Dollar tree
How to Play – Hide small figures around the backyard for the kids to find. Then give the kids a couple of clues before they head out on their search.
TIP: This would be fun to do indoors on a rainy day too.
What You Need – Several different type balls, basketball, football, baseball, bouncy balls, and a hula hoop
How to Play – On your driveway prop up a hula hoop so you can throw a ball through it. Then let the kids try all the different balls and see which ones are easier to get through the hoop. Make it a contest and see how many each child can shoot through the hoop.
For younger kids lay the hula hoop flat and let them toss the ball to land inside the hula hoop.
What You Need – Jump Rope
How to Play – This is an oldie but a goodie. Make jumping rope a game by seeing how many times the kids can jump before hitting the rope.
What You Need – Sponges and hula hoop or buckets
How to Play – Kids are going to use wet sponges to throw at a target. Make the targets by spacing out a line of buckets or a row of hula hoops. You can also use chalk to draw your targets.
Put the sponges in a bucket of water to get wet. They will be easier to throw far if they are wet. Then kids line up to try and hit the targets with their sponge.
Search for Bugs
What You Need – Bug collector, magnifying glass, shovel
How to Play – Let the kids start digging in the dirt to find some worms or bugs. Catch them and place the bugs in a bug collector. Then kids can study the bugs with their magnifying glass.
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs
What You Need – Mini figure dinosaurs, balloons and water
How to Play – Add a dinosaur to a balloon and then fill it with water. Once filled put it in your freezer to freeze. Once it is frozen remove the dinosaur egg and peel off the balloon.
Kids then need to try and break the dinosaur free. They can use warm water and different tools like ladles, eyedropper, or meat basters to melt the egg.
Get full details on how to make these fun Frozen Dinosaur Eggs.
Are you ready to keep the kids busy at home with these fun DIY Backyard Games for kids? I love that you can entertain the kids and save money at Dollar Tree. Hopefully, your kids will love these outdoor activities as much as my kids do.
Looking for some free family activities? Check out our 60 Free Things to Do with Kids at home and in your own community.
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