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.

Outdoor Play

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!

Fun Outdoor Play Activities

Backyard ideas for kids- diy tire climber with tired stacked and painted lime green, orange, teal, and light blue
Make a jungle gym out of tires!

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

backyard ideas for kids- child standing on blue diy stilts
Stomp around the backyard with homemade stilts!

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

Related: Check out this cool springfree trampoline

backyard play ideas with rocks, backyard scrabble, diy kite, diy swing, glow stick bowling

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

backyard ideas for kids homemade drums made with pans, lids, and a wood pallet
Make music and noise in the backyard with your own homemade drums!

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

outdoor play ideas with hopscotch, a cardboard slide, wooden car ramps, stilts, and tic tac toe

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

Try these outdoor mirror painting ideas. It’s a great way to reuse an old mirror that you may have sitting around. via kidsactivitiesblog

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

outdoor play activities with giant dice, obstacle course, water wall, mud pies, and a memory matching game for the backyard

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

Backyard ideas for kids homemade mud pie kit made from bottles and tubs with child playing in mud
Make mudpies with these super cute and awesome mud pie kit!

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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Want your family to spend more time outside? No problem, these fun activities will help get your family out and moving!

Which activity are you going to try? Let us know down below!

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  1. Interesting ideas! Outdoor sports have a significant impact on children. Children who play outside have more advanced motor skills. Furthermore, I believe that children who play outside are more likely to enjoy activities such as biking, walking, and running.