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Easy & fun outdoor games for the family

Kelli Uhrich is a busy writer and active career woman from Phoenix, Arizona. When she's not writing, she enjoys diving into hands-on projects, reading, blogging, and hanging out with her two lazy greyhounds.

Get outside and play

Summer is here, and that means it's time to get outside for some family fun! Here at SheKnows, we've tested out some of the best outdoor games that are affordable, family-friendly and of course, super-fun!

Super-sized Jenga

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This entertaining game is a sure pleaser. To create a life-sized version of this wooden tower, simply head to your local hardware store for some 2x4s. Ask an attendant to cut them down to 12 inches each, until you have reached 54 pieces. Once you get home, give them a light sanding to smooth down any rough edges, and you’re good to go.


Super-sized Checkers

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This game would be great for a patio set up, lawn or deck. To create a large-scale version of this classic game, be creative with the pieces you use. For this version, we used Ikea’s Platta decking tiles and Panna coasters.

How to make a super-sized checkers game >>


Outdoor Twister

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It’s time to twist and shout, but this time let’s take it outdoors! Take this family-friendly game out onto the lawn for some summer playtime that will keep the kids smiling. Don’t have the spinner? No problem! We’ve come up with a creative solution for that too using paint chips and stencils. Learn how we did it in our how-to tutorial.

How to make outdoor Twister >>


Chalkboard rock games

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A handful of rocks and a can of chalkboard spray paint will have you smiling before you know it. This versatile game allows for the pieces to be easily changed out for various types of play. Use them for word games, dominos, matching and counting games and so much more!

How to make a chalkboard rock game kit >>


Life-sized Angry Birds

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We’ve all launched those birds at those pigs virtually, but what about bringing this smartphone game to life? With a handful of boxes, a few painted bouncy-balls and a clever solution for the launcher, those birds will be soaring so quickly, they’ll almost be happy.

How to make a life-sized Angry Birds game >>

How to make an Angry Birds launcher >>

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