The backyard is the perfect place to get kids moving, exploring and using their imagination outside. And with a little work you can transform it into the ultimate fun zone for your kids.

Tired of hearing “I’m bored?” Check out these things you can do right in your own backyard!

1. Slip n’ Slide – Let’s start with a classic and a great way to cool off in the hot summer sun. Don’t have one already? No problem! Follow this guide to make your own.

Slip n slide

 

 

2. Build a Mini-Golf Course – It’s easier than you think and all you need are some simple household items like cups, toys and cereal boxes. Learn how to build your own from My Kids’ Adventures.

mini golf

 

 

3. Make Your Own Soap Bubbles – Grab the dish soap and some water and make your own bubbles with this easy recipe.

bubbles

 

 

4. Nature Scavenger Hunt – This is a great way to get kids exploring their backyard and engaging with nature. Five Little Chefs has a great printable scavenger hunt list to get you started.

scavenger hunt

 

 

5. Hunt for Buried Treasure – ‘X’ marks the spot! Bury a prize (candy or toy), create a map of your backyard and watch the fun.

Buried Treasure

 

 

6. Twister on the Lawn – Grab your game of twister game and take it outside. Or if you’re feeling adventurous build your own with spray paint on the lawn.

Twister on lawn

 

 

7. Beanbag Toss – It’s easy to make your own beanbag toss game. Just grab some bowls, make score signs and set it up on the grass. Check out these cute monster ones made out of cardboard from Crafty Carnival!

bean bag toss

 

 

8. Ring-Toss – Have a quick and easy game of ring-toss. Use old soda or water bottles, give them a coat of paint, and great ready for fun! Follow this guide from Woman’s Day.

ring-toss

 

 

9. Lawn Bowling – There’s bowling, garden gnomes and recycling in this fun activity from Makezine. It even comes with a printable template so you can make the gnomes too! Get the instructions here.

lawn bowling

 

 

10. Have a Carnival – Set up the beanbag toss, ring-toss and invite the neighbourhood to a backyard carnival. Check out these 16 DIY carnival games!

carnival

 

 

11. Obstacle Course – Want a bigger challenge? Get some exercise with a backyard obstacle course! Follow this guide to make your own.

Obstacle course

 

 

12. Backyard Picnic – Spread out a blanket, make sandwiches and have some family time with a backyard picnic. Add in some of the games for more fun!

picnic

 

 

13. Backyard Camping – Camping is a chance to get outside, take in the fresh air and have fun. Learn how to have a camping adventure right in your own backyard!

Camping

 

 

14. Giant Kerplunk Game – Get ready for a game of suspense and strategy! Learn how to make a giant game of kerplunk easily from tomato cages.

kerplunk

 

 

15. Trampoline Fun – A backyard is more fun with a Springfree trampoline. You can jump, draw chalk art and more. Check out our list of 50 ways to use your Springfree trampoline!

chalk drawing

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