I love playing games outside. Fresh air, exercise, laughs! I know from personal experience that not everyone has a backyard, some people live in apartments! But even if you don’t have a backyard, you can take these games to the park, whether they be backyard board games or one of the tag games I shared last week.
I am embarrassed to tell you how much time I have been researching all the fun outdoor games I want to play outside in a park or in a backyard. Of course we will be taking our favorite games of the month out to the picnic table but big scale backyard games that get the whole family moving their bodies are absolutely essential.
Of course I am still in the stage where I imagine only smiles and no sibling rivalry during our competitions, but that’s another story. (Note: this post contains affiliate links.)
Viking Chess! Did you know there was such a thing? I didn’t and I have viking blood coursing wildly through my veins. I’m glad to see that Kubb sets are available ready-made, because I think making one is beyond my skill level.
Croquet. I love croquet. Love it. Especially when I can twirl my parasol while waiting for my turn. Not joking. I can’t wait to play in my very own backyard.
Bocce. This was our game of the month back when we learned how to play it at the beach! It is one of the games I am most looking forward to adding to our collection. The boys and I have watched others play it at parks around the city and it is definitely on my list of outdoor family games I want to play with the boys.
Giant Jenga. If you are handy, you can make your own Jenga set using 2 x 4s. It would be fun to paint a rainbow set.
Ladderball Toss. How have I never heard of this one? The boys will love it this outdoor game!
Yard Dominoes. Oh dear, I love dominoes. These wooden giant dominoes look fantastic, but I’m thinking we may make our own courtesy of the excess of moving boxes we will have. I’ll just have to remember not to leave them out in the rain!
Giant dice. Dice are exactly what you need to invent your own backyard board games! If you are handy with a table saw (that’s not me) you can make some yourself. You can buy (expensive) wooden dice, or you can make some with cardboard with these instructions.
Backyard Kerplunk. This DIY version looks so fun!
What’s better than a Family Obstacle Course? Nothing. Use your own imagination for this one, although Frugal Fun for Boys has some great ideas for an obstacle course.
Cornhole. I never knew that this classic game had such serious official regulations! You could go all fancy and make your own, but I bet you could easily fashion something out of cardboard. Or better yet, give your kids the challenge of building their own set! Get your regulation measurements (if you care about that sort of thing!) here.
Okay, hit me with your suggestions. What are some of YOUR favorite fun outdoor family games?
More outdoor fun:
- Tag games
- Scooter slalom
- Rolling down a hill
- Just throw rocks
- Winter birding
- Field bag supplies for kids