Are your kids driving you crazy? Counting down the days until summer’s back in session! You’re not the only one, sister! Summer is a great time to get the kids outdoors and let them shake out all those ants in their pants.
You know, the ones making them…. oh God… doing the boogie dance? Sorry!
We’ve put together 8 fun things to try that you can do yourself with a little bit of creativity that’ll keep the kids busy and exploring this summer.
You don’t have to have a pool to make water fun outside this summer! You can make a water blob yourself like they did here at Homemade Toast. This is sure to be fun for the younger crowd, and you can add a sprinkler to get really wet and wild.
2. Giant Jenga
Throwback to childhood anyone? Jenga captured all our hearts and increased our patience, or maybe just frustrations. Then there was that truth or dare version. The giant version of this game is a great way to liven up any patio or backyard party. From Seeded at the Table
3. Bean Bag Toss/ Cornhole
Bean bags are versatile and fun additions to your backyard party, whether it’s for a competitve game of cornhole with the adults and a couple of beers or a game of toss it in the hula hoop with the kids. Send this link to hubby with a 😬, and hope he stops by Lowe’s on the way home.
4. Water table
While adults grill and chill, a DIY water station can entertain little ones for hours. Chances are you have most of the “toys” already in your kitchen for the one featured on No Time for Flashcards, and maybe even a plastic bin! Two disclaimers- be sure to supervise water play and know that there will be a full wardrobe change when your babies are done playing!
5. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
When the sun goes down but you aren’t ready for the party to slow down, throw some glow in the dark duck tape around some glass bottles and make rings out of glow sticks to keep it going like they did over at A Pumpkin and a Princess.
6. Hula Hoop Croquet
The Crafting Chicks got something right by scaling up this old game with kickballs and hula hoops to make it accessible to more ages. Play traditionally or race through the hoops to incite some competition at your next backyard BBQ.
Kerplunk is an oldie but goodie usually played table top. This DIY backyard version from All Parenting is a great colorful pop to your backyard and everyone will be holding their breath as they slide those sticks out.
8. Lawn Twister
It doesn’t get much simpler than spray paint circles and a spinner to bring back the classic game of Twister in the yard! Make it bigger if you have more guests. Spread out the circles a little more and make them reach (if they are tall enough that is). This one is fun for kids learning left and right, fun for teens who need an excuse to get silly, and fun for adults who may not exactly need more help being unbalanced on wine night. From Momma Told Me.
9. Ladder Golf
If you are handy and like a ladder golf version that is easy to transport, but doesn’t fall apart when a ball comes flying at it at speed, this tutorial from Twin Dragonfly Designs is for you.
Who wouldn’t think to use a 5 gallon bucket and giant yard dice at a party? ME! Lucky for me I found this magic, brought to you by Busy Creating Memories. You can use regular Yahtzee rules, Farkle rules, or even make up your own to enjoy this awesome game set. Once you make it, you will be the envy of all the parties all summer long!