Little girl playing with a sprinkler

5 DIY Backyard Games For the Summer

Summertime is a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy life. And where is the best place to do that? The backyard of course! This summer, take your kids to a waterpark, a carnival, or a beach without ever having to leave the lawn! Here are 5 fun ways to spend your summer in the backyard.

  1. Play a Game of Kubb

Little girls hand about to pick up a wooden baton

If you want to know how to play Kubb–also known as Viking Chess–imagine a lawn game that’s a combination of Horseshoes and Bowling. The objective is to knock over 5 wooden blocks with wooden batons, before your opponent does. You can play one-on-one, or on a team. Although, speaking from personal experience, playing on a team is much more fun!

If you want to learn more about how to play Kubb, and how to create your own game, check out HerToolBelt.

  1. Set up a Trampoline

Little girl bouncing on a trampoline

Having a trampoline is every kid’s dream. I remember when I was younger, we didn’t have a trampoline but we’d jump–no pun intended–at the chance to use one whenever we could. There’s just something so cool about the feeling of bouncing high in the air, doing flips and tricks that you’d never be able to achieve on the ground.

Learn how to construct your own trampoline Here. 

  1. Turn the Garden Hose into a Sprinkler

Little boy jumping in a sprinkler

I remember when I was younger, mom or dad setting up the sprinkler in the yard was the official start of summer. As a kid, there’s nothing better than running across the yard and leaping through the water fountains in the air. Who needs a pool when you can have an entire waterpark!

There are plenty of different ways to create a sprinkler for the kids. To learn about some of them, visit:

  1. Create a Game of Lawn Twister

Cans of red, green, and blue spray paint

Twister is a game that everyone has played at some point in their life. Whether it be at a slumber party or at a sleepover, we’ve all had the experience of trying to twist all around while making sure we’re still in the game. This summer, make your Twister experience even more far-out by spray-painting your own mat in the backyard! It’s super fun to make, even the kids will want to get in on it! And best of all, its temporary. You don’t have to worry about ruining the lawn because the paint washes right off with water.

To find out how to create an outdoor Twister board, visit

  1. Construct an Outdoor Firepit

Logs burning in a fire

Is there anything better than sitting around a campfire with your friends and family, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows, and enjoying a beautiful summer night? The answer is no, no there is not. This summer, you can have a campfire right in your own backyard!

The easiest way to build a fire pit is to find a spot in your yard to place it–probably somewhere there’s a lot of empty space. You can figure out how wide you want it to be, and dig a hole about a foot deep. Then, all you have to do is place bricks or larger rocks around the whole, and Voila! You have your very own firepit!

For further instructions on how to create an outdoor firepit, check out

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