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To the backyard: DIY lawn games

Contrary to what we might think sometimes, kids these days don't need video games or electronic entertainment any more than we did when we were young. When kids get together, most still crave the sunny outdoors!

Last week, we spoke about keeping costs down at your next backyard gathering, but once the kids' tummies are all full, it won’t be long before they’re looking for games to play. When they’ve worn themselves out with our fun Vuly games, get them involved in creating some of these fantastic DIY lawn games, which will provide hours of low-key entertainment!

DIY lawn games – Super-sized Scrabble


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This game is a particular hit with older kids who love a bit of a mental challenge. Although regular Scrabble includes a points and board system, we’ve simplified the game to include just plain letters.

What you’ll need:

  • 100 of thick, 20 cm x 20 cm cardboard squares. Tip: Pre-cut the squares so they’re ready to for the players.

  • White paint and paintbrush, or a thick, black felt pen.

Once you have your squares and paint on a grassy area, it’s time to paint your letters onto the squares. Follow the original game, and include the following number of tiles per letter:

1 x tile

2 x tiles

3 x tiles

4 x tiles

6 x tiles

8 x tiles

9 x tiles

12 x tiles




























Wait 10 minutes for your paint to dry, and then you’re ready to play. Simply shuffle the tiles, divide them evenly between 3-4 players and start spelling!

DIY lawn games – Domino Pebbles


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This backyard game is extremely quick and easy. It works in the same way as old fashioned Dominos, except that it uses smooth pebbles that you can find in the garden or at a hardware shop!

What you’ll need:

  • 28 smooth, round pebbles.

  • White-out.

To set up the game, simply draw a horizontal line through the centre of all the pebbles using white-out, and then draw each and every dot combination—ranging from 0 to 6—on each pebble. For example, 0/1, 0/2, 0/3, all the way up to 6-6 as shown below:

These dominos are going to be very hard to stand up and knock down, but that's part of the challenge!

DIY lawn games – Bottle Bowling


You might remember this one keeping you entertained for hours when you were a kid. It's simple to set up your own backyard bowling alley; you won't need to go to a real one.

What you’ll need:

  • 10 large, empty soft drinks bottles (all the same size).

  • A soccer ball / jumbo tennis ball.

To create your bottle bowling game:

  1. Fill up each soft drink bottle with water.

  2. Add a few drops of food colouring to each one for some added fun. Tip: You can even colour-code the most difficult pins to knock over and assign them points.

  3. Screw on the lids tightly.

  4. Arrange your ‘pins’ in a pyramid formation, and divide your teams.

  5. Get ready for some bowling action!

DIY lawn games – Noughts and crosses

Noughts and crosses may seem a little quaint to older kids, but super-sizing it for the young ones who don't yet know the tactics, is great fun.

What you’ll need:

  • Coloured duct tape or spray paint.

  • 10 of 20 cm diameter cardboard discs.

  • Black paint, and a paintbrush.

To create your noughts and crosses game:

  1. Outline a 3 x 3 grid on the grass using your coloured duct tape or spray paint.

  2. Paint 5 noughts and 5 crosses on the cardboard discs to create 10 tokens.

  3. Wait for the paint to dry.

  4. Begin your noughts and crosses tournament!


What are your favourite outdoor games to play with family and friends once you've all had a big feed? We’d love to hear your holiday DIY ideas!
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