Nothing gets the party started like a little friendly competition.

By Hannah Bruneman
June 30, 2016

You've never had a memorable summer night watching TV indoors. Get up on your feet and invite friends and family over for an ultimate backyard game night! We found some of the best outdoor games you can make yourself. Fire up the grill and let the games begin!

1. Yard Yahtzee


Yahtzee is a family game night classic, but it can get pretty boring after several rounds of watching each other throw dice around a table. Enhance the size and move it outdoors to bring back your love for the game—we can guarantee fun, but we can't promise luck will be on your side.

2. Flamingo Ring Toss


The rules to this game are about as simple as it gets: Toss as many rings onto the target as possible. Using flamingos instead of boring poles amps up the summer flair while decorating your yard with a touch of whimsy.

3. Backyard Connect Four


This one is more of a weekend-long project, but after all your hard work, playing this nostalgic game will bring you back to technology-free days. Totally worth it. Plus, it will pull your kids away from the TV screen!

4. Squirt Gun Water Races


Turn your backyard into a carnival with this classic aim and squirt game. Thread string through the bottom of a plastic cup and tie each end to a post or tree. Then give your kids a squirt gun and watch as they race to push their cup to the end of the course the fastest. For extra summer fun, string the cups over a pool so they have to swim to win!

5. Tic-Tac-Toe


We can't wait to try this one out! Paint rocks to look like ladybugs and bees for an alternative to x's and o's. You can even make a fun game out of pebble hunting in your yard with your kids to see who can find the best insect-shaped rock.

6. Bean Bag Toss


So simple, yet so fun! This game for all ages is a combination between bozo buckets and cornhole. Let the kids help out with making the game and even offer them the opportunity to color and decorate each plate.

7. Giant Scrabble


Put the brain to work with this super-sized board game. The easiest way to do this is to just make cardboard squares, trace letters, and play directly on the grass. But, if you want to really go the extra mile, you can make a mega scrabble board!

8. Backyard Ker-Plunk


Your guests will lose their marbles (pun intended) over this game. For extra fun, swap out the plastic balls for water balloons. The first one to cause the bunch to drop gets to start the water balloon fight!

9. Obstacle Course


Bend and twist pool noodles to make a custom obstacle course for your backyard. The challenges can be made for a variety of ages, but the soft foam core makes it safe for even the smallest competitors.

10. Giant Jenga


Keep the tykes out of the tumbling zone—this game is for the adults. Cut even tiles of wood for this balancing act. Feel free to paint or personalize how you like and get the competition started.


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