Amazing Ideas for Creative Backyard Play this Summer

Try these backyard games & activities for awesome summer fun this year!

We love spending time outdoors during the summer.

Well, I LOVE to be outside no matter what!  Our kids really enjoy it as long as there's something fun to do. 

During our Discover & Explore Backyard Games linky, we had some absolutely AWESOME ideas shared for how to make your backyard a creative fun zone this summer!


 

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6 Ideas for Creative Backyard Play

It really doesn't take much to turn a backyard into a super play area! 

Just think about what your family loves to do together -- whether it's play games, get creative or have a friendly competition, we've got some inspiration for you this summer.

 

backyard-jengo

Kudos to Full Hands, Full Hearts for the great tutorial (and fun post) on how to create your own Backyard Jenga game!  I love that this is a family-friendly activity no matter what your age. 

And it's very easy to make -- if you don't have your own saw, check at the hardware store to see if they will cut the lumber for you (many will for a small fee).

 

backyard-obstacle-course

Train Up a Child put together a great Backyard Obstacle Course using pool noodles! 

They have lots of fun ideas for active challenges that the kids can complete - a wonderful way to get some outdoor time and keep them entertained.  I think it would be great on those hot summer days if you added in a sprinkler as one of the obstacles too :)

 

 

backyard-painting

If your kids enjoy painting, try this fun & creative version from Blog Me Mom -- Throw Ball Painting

It's really easy to set up and the kids not only have fun creating but will also get a great work-out from tossing all those balls in just the right spot.  Love the idea of taking traditionally indoor activities outside!

 

backyard-findafish

I had a difficult time deciding which great backyard post to share from Connecting Family and Seoul - they have some wonderful ideas for outdoor play! 

Here's a great game for younger kids that they created called Find A Fish -- it's a fun way to turn your backyard into a scavenger hunt for the kids!  And if you have older kids, they'll love it too (just make finding the fish a little harder ;)

 

backyard-science

You can also get creative & mix in some science but setting up an Outdoor Potions area for the kids

Mama Papa Bubba pulled together some everyday ingredients (along with fun goggles - because that's huge in the kid science realm) and voila! Instant science station for creative exploration!

 

backyard-math-game

And if you're looking to sneak in a little learning, how about this creative outdoor math game from The Measured Mom.  Print off the free cards and head out to your backyard to have the kids learn a little while they seek out items that match the card challenges. 

 

Thanks to everyone who shared this past week - we had a great time reading all the posts! 

Don't forget to link up to our current theme:  Zoo Visits & Wild Animals

 

Enjoy your week! 

~Jacquie

 

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