We have gathered some of the best outdoor play ideas that kids of all ages will love. You don’t always need a play set, water slides, outdoor playhouses, or inflatable bounce houses to have fun outside. There are so many great way to enjoy outdoor games in your own backyard and still stimulate kids’ imagination.
Kids Outdoor Play
Outdoor play is the best for many reasons. One of them (my favorite) is that you have so many more possibilities and ways to create unforgettable fun for your kids.
The truth is that they will play even if it’s just a plain grass or dirt in your backyard. However, there are some things that you can do to make your backyard more attractive and kid-play friendly.
I gathered 25 my of my most favorite ideas and DIY projects how to create that outdoor play for kids.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars. Most of the projects you can do from nature or the stuff you already have at home. So gather your supplies and let’s start playing outside!
25 Outdoor Play Activities
1. DIY Tire Climber
Looking for new ways to get your kids outside? Gather some old tires and build this DIY tire climber. Isn’t that cool? It’s kind of like a tire jungle gym. via Mysmallpotatoes
2. How To Make A Kite
Outdoor play must involve kites and they don’t have to be store-bought. As part of the activity you can make kite together with your children. Never made one before? No problem, learning how to make a kite is easy! via Learnplayimagine
3. Kids Car Track
Car track and cars made out of rocks will last you lifetime. Great playtime at the sandbox. Plus, this kids car track doubles as a craft! How fun! via Playtivities
4. Tic Tac Toe
Speaking of rock painting…For some quiet outdoor time you can make nature inspired tic tac toe game. via Chickenscratchny
5. Ring Toss Game DIY
Everybody loves toss game. Make your own. This ring toss game DIY project is super easy and really not that expensive to make. via Momendeavors
6. Stilts For Kids
Have Backyard circus with these DIY stilts. These stilts for kids are actually really cute, and not too high up. This will become some of your kids favorite outdoor play equipment. via Make It Love It
7. DIY Swing
Swing is a must backyard attraction for every child. How about making this DIY swing? This idea is great mainly for smaller children though. Adding this to your child’s play area is a game changer! Via Playtivities
8. DIY Wheelbarrow
What’s the best way to get kids involved in gardening and yard work? We found it! Involve kids by making them a wheelbarrow. They will be playing with it even after the garden work. Who doesn’t like driving, even it’s a DIY wheelbarrow. via Playtivities
9. DIY Balance Beam
Backyard outdoor play is a perfect place to practice balancing for kids. Check out these 10 genius balancing activities for kids. My favorite is the DIY balance beam. via Happyhooligans
10. DIY Pavers Hopscotch
Don’t buy new outdoor toys. Instead, make super cool rainbow DIY pavers hopscotch. You won’t have to worry about the rain washing this game of hopscoth away. via Happinessishomemade.net
11. Lawn Scrabble DIY
This lawn scrabble DIY game is such a cute ideas! It’s a brilliant idea for the whole family. via constantlylovestruck.blogspot.jp
12. Constellation Activities
Up to some stargazing? You can, and you don’t need a fancy equipment for that for these constellation activities. A pretty simple craft will turn into educational activity for kids to learn all about constellation. via Kidsactivityblog
13. Homemade Drums
Homemade drums are only possible if there are no near-by neighbors, because they are loud, but a lot of fun. This is a great way to stimulate imaginative play in young children. via Playtivities
14. Glow In The Dark Bowling
Glow in the dark bowling set will take nighttime play to a whole new level. Older kids will love this! via Bright And Busy Kids
15. How To Make A Teepee
Want to know how to make a teepee for your kids? This DIY 5-minute backyard teepee will create a great reading spot for your kids. via Mamapapabubba
16. Wooden Car Ramp
Make a wooden car ramp. These can be turned into bridges or make steep ramps so your cars race down extra fast! via Buggyandbuddy
18. Rock Activities For Preschoolers
Like I said earlier, kids can play with anything. Here is a great example how they managed to create so many activities and games just with plain rocks. These rock activities for preschoolers are simple, yet fun. via Playtivities
19. Mirror Painting Ideas
20. Cardboard Slide
DIY cardboard car and diy cardboard slide will give them the most giggles. via sugaraunts
21. Frozen Bubbles
Make the bubble snow all over your backyard. Of course these frozen bubbles only work in the snow or with crushed up ice. The best part is, they’re colorful! via Twitchetts
22. Water Wall
Who needs a water table when you can make a homemade water wall for hours and hours or poring. via Happyhooligans
23. DIY Yard Games
These DIY yard games are an easy craft for kids and make a great family Yahtzee game night! via Thepinningmama
24. Matching Game
DIY giant lawn matching game. It’s fun and educational as it works with memory and problem solving! Sounds like a win win. via studiodiy
25. Making Mud Pies
Mud Pie Kit from recyclables. This is one of my favorites. Who doesn’t love making mud pies! via Kidsactivitieblog
26. DIY Ninja Course
DIY pvc pipe obstacle course. Or use it as a DIY ninja course like my kids did. Pretend play is always fun! via Mollymoocrafts
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Which activity are you going to try? Let us know down below!