Fun, Cheap And Easy-To-Setup Outdoor Games For The Whole Family

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A holiday weekend is upon us, which means tons of time spent outdoors and with family. If you’re anything like me, however, you’re busy and didn’t quite get around to planning all of the fun yard games and activities you’d hoped to before the weekend arrived.

Have no fear—here is a list of fun outdoor games and activities for all ages that can be put together in a jiffy without much effort or expense. I’ve divided the list into three categories based on the amount of effort required: low, medium and high. This way, you can choose which ones you want to try based on how much time and energy you’ve got.

Low-Effort DIY Yard Games

1. Squirt Gun Races

Whose cup will get to the end of the string the fastest?

What you’ll need: plastic cups, string, duct tape, scissors and squirt guns.

Get the instructions on Design Dazzle.

2. Lawn Twister

Get your right hand on green out under the sun.

What you’ll need: posterboard, scissors, 4 cans of spray paint, Twister spinner is optional.

Get the instructions on SheKnows. (Note: If you are averse to spray-painting your grass, you could always hold a regular Twister sheet in place on the lawn with camping tent stakes).

You Plus Me

3. SpongeBall

This is dodgeball with water-soaked sponges instead of balls or water balloons.

What you’ll need: sponges, string, scissors (and a ruler and a marker, if you care about cutting the sponges in straight lines).

Get the sponge-making instructions on TheChicSite and dodgeball instructions, if you need them, here.

The Chic Site

4. Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Freeze small objects (plastic toys, rubber balls or even coins) in bowls or bins of water, and then race to see who can melt or crack the ice to release the goods the fastest.

What you’ll need: freezer-safe containers, little objects to freeze, water and supplies for warming or cracking the ice (spray bottles, warm water, plastic or wooden hammers, etc.)

Get the instructions on Macaroni Kid.

Macaroni Kid

5. Water Blob

This is like creating a giant waterbed in your backyard, and the best part is that in this case jumping is encouraged!

What you’ll need: a roll of plastic sheeting, duct tape, water, food coloring (optional).

Get the instructions on Clumsy Crafter.

Clumsy Crafter

Medium-Effort DIY Yard Games

6. Bean Bag Toss

A cute, colorful game to make and play with your kids.

What you’ll need: Printer and paper, bean bag toss printable (get it here), 5-6 8-inch clay pot saucers, white spray paint, scissors, spray adhesive/Mod Podge Outdoor, paintbrush, beanbags in various colors (you can buy or make them).

Get the instructions on Mod Podge Rocks.

Mod Podge Rocks

7. Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course and see who can get through it the fastest.

What you’ll need: balloons, pool noodles, a ladder, a 2×4, hula hoops, newspapers.

Get the instructions on Martha Stewart and check out SimpleKids for additional ideas.

Martha Stewart

High-Effort DIY Yard Games

8. Giant Jenga

If you have never tried giant Jenga, you don’t know what you are missing.

What you’ll need: 54 Feet of 2×4s, Measuring Tape and Pencil, Chop Saw (or hand saw), Sanding Block and 100 or 120 Grit Sand Paper, stain of your choosing and Minwax finishing paste (optional).

Get the instructions on Lemon Thistle.

Lemon Thistle

9. Connect Four

Another classic indoor game brought outside and blown up for an extra dose of fun.

What you’ll need: Cordless Drill, Miter Saw, Nail Gun, Kreg Jig, Framing Square, Hole Saw, Brad Point Drill Bit and a host of other materials.

Find the full list of materials and instructions on Home Depot’s blog.

Home Depot

Want to add a little healthy competition? Divide the family into teams. The winning team gets a few scratch-off lottery tickets.

The Way This Dad Dressed His Daughter For Daycare Is The Funniest Thing You’ll See All Day

As parents of two girls, and my husband and I have wildly different approaches to getting them dressed each morning. My approach is to find a cute, color-coordinated, weather-appropriate outfit. His approach? Reach into their drawers, grab whatever garments his hand touches first and throw them on at the speed of light. So what if the results are navy paired with black, or a shirt worn backwards. They’re dressed, aren’t they?

No doubt many parents can relate to the struggle of getting the kids dressed and out the door in the morning, which is why the wardrobe fail that’s been circulating the internet is so darn funny.

Imgur user Laureeadeline shared her story after picking up her daughter from daycare and noticing that she was wearing overalls with no shirt underneath. She assumed her baby’s shirt had suffered some sort of diaper fail at daycare until she exchanged texts with her husband. Only then did she learn that rather than a diaper fail, there had been a wardrobe fail, and her husband, Jeremy, had sent their sweet baby off to daycare that morning wearing nothing but overalls.

“Did you send Olivia to daycare without a shirt on?” she writes.

“Uh, I sent her with that thing on,” Jeremy responds.

“Overalls,” mom writes. “Supposed to wear a shirt with overalls.”

Read the full exchange for yourself and see if you don’t laugh out loud.


Watch Seal Make A Street Performer’s Day With Impromptu Duet

Earlier this month, a Montreal-based street performer was just about to close up his guitar case and head home when a fan approached.

The musician, Jason Deeh Pitre, had seen the man watching him from a nearby bench as he played, but only when the man started talking did he realize the man was Seal. According to Pitre’s blog, the British singer complimented his performance and then asked if he could sing with him.

Pitre said he suggested a Seal song, but “Kiss From A Rose” singer suggested “Stand By Me,” the 1961 Ben E. King classic.

One of the people watching from the crowd captured the impromptu performance on video.


deer rescued water

Fishermen Make An Unbelievable Rescue Of A Deer Swimming Six Miles From Shore

A bunch of men fishing the Long Island Sound waters between Connecticut and New York made an unbelievable catch recently.

Rob Kurdy and some friends were returning from shark fishing when they noticed a strange fish swimming in the water about six miles from shore. They soon realized it was a deer not a fish, and that it was struggling.

“You could see it shivering. It’s barely staying afloat,” Kurdy said. “It’s kind of just going in circles.” The water was an estimated 58 degrees.

The men tossed a rope around the deer’s antler and secured him next to the boat in order to transport him back to shore. The boat couldn’t get too close to shore, so Kurdy put on a lifejacket and swam the deer in the rest of the way. Once on shore, local residents brought out blankets to help warm the deer, who lied there for about three hours before warming up enough to stand and eventually go off on his own.

Is this an incredible story or what?


This Broadway Sing-Along Is The Best Carpool Karaoke Yet

No one’s more likely to kill at karaoke than a Broadway star.

James Corden, the host of the Late Late Show, proved that to be true when he invited Broadway stars to join his latest session of “Carpool Karaoke.” The premise of Carpool Karaoke, if you aren’t familiar, is that Corden invites guests to join him in a sing-along as they drive. Musical greats such as Adele, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder have all joined him for a spin and sing around town.

The Broadway edition featured guest Lin-Manuel Miranda, star of the runaway Broadway hit “Hamilton,” and fellow Broadway stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski and Audra McDonald. Together the five belt out showstoppers from “Hamilton,” “Rent,” “Jersey Boys,” and “Les Miserables” (because could it be a Broadway edition without “Les Mis”?).

Watch and try not to sing along!