Summer is in full swing and it’s time to get the kids outside having fun. We love playing games as a family but it can get expensive buying a lot of games. I decided it would be fun to make our own DIY Outdoor Games so I headed to the store for the supplies. It was really easy finding everything I needed for a few fun games I knew the kids would enjoy. Heck, hubby and I loved playing them too.

Here are some of the games I made for the family to enjoy. They would also be fun for a family reunion or Summer party.

Large Tic Tac Toe – make the tic tac toe game using a plastic table cloth, duct tape, and 2 different colors of plastic plates. Cut the table cloth so it is square then measure and tape off the tic tac toe area in 9 equal squares. Cost- $4

Small kids can play it like regular tic tac toe, just on a larger scale. Older kids can play by tossing the plates like a Frisbee onto the square they want. They’re really having fun, I just snapped this photo at the wrong time to show that.

Pool Noodle Football Toss – you will need 5 pool noodles, duct tape, a football, and rebar from the hardware store. Form 3 of the noodles into rings and tape where they meet. I taped each ring individually then taped them together. Tape the end ring noodles to the long ones. Place the 2 rebar pieces in the ground then slide the noodles over each one. Cost – $9

You can give each hoop a different point system or just one point for each throw thru the hoop. We played it where you would get a point each time you tossed it thru.

Fly Swatter Badminton – you will need flower fly swatters and whiffle golf balls. Cost – $2

Play like regular badminton. We played over the football toss since it was already set up but a net would be even better.

Ins and Outs – you will need 8 balls (of different sizes) and rope. Cut 8 pieces of rope the size of a hula hoop then tie the ends together. Place the rope circles fairly far apart from each other. You will need a ball for each circle. Place 4 balls inside each circle and 4 balls outside each circle. Cost – $2-8

This was our favorite game and it’s more fun the more people you have playing. You have 2 teams, one team is trying to get all the balls inside all the circles while the other team is trying to get all the balls outside all the circles. It is so fun and very fast paced.

Bucket Ball Toss – you will need 5 buckets, 3 soft balls, and sticky numbers. I used my vinyl cutter to make numbers for each bucket, you could also use sticky letters. Cost – $6

Line the buckets up starting with the smallest number closest to you. Each player gets 3 balls to toss and the player with the most points wins. Smaller kids can stand closer to the buckets with older kids starting farther away.

I also made a Game Bag to carry all the supplies except for the football toss. We’re going camping this Summer and this is going to be so fun to bring along. I was able to make all 5 games for $23-29. I love how inexpensive it was to make all these games and that my kids are having a blast playing with them. Now I’m trying to think of more games to make. What would you make using these supplies?

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Val @ Home Made Modern June 17, 2014 at 6:47 am

Awesome post! I love these creative and inexpensive ideas!!
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sharon garofalow June 17, 2014 at 8:38 am

These games are so great! I love the large tic tac toe!! I’m def going to hit up the dollar store and make a summer bag!
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Sarah June 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

Oh my goodness I LOVE how creative and fun these ideas are! Bonus that they are inexpensive as as well! I am thinking these would also be fun at a birthday party! Thanks for the ideas!

April June 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

Wow such great ideas! I’m going to make some of the games and get a bag together to take to our weekly Cub Scout meetings. The boys love getting outside and moving at the end of our meetings.

carol April 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Paper plates and ping pong balls make a great table tennis game. Just use the picnic tables the park has to play. Love the football toss. I’ve done a similar game using pool noodles like spear tossing. Frizbee golf is easy using the in-out ropes for targets. Use the buckets to catch balls with or use with water for a fireman relay. Each team tries to bail the most water into their own larger container from the opposing teams water supply.

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