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101 Fun Backyard Games To Amuse Bored Kids

Amusing the kids can be tricky sometimes and as the weather gets warmer most parents would prefer them to be outside playing in the sunshine. So, we’ve put together a list of 101 of the best and most fun backyard games for the young ones and the young at heart.

Here's Our Full List Of The Best 101 Fun Backyard Games For 2018

JumpSport Trampoline Tent | Safe No-Pole Safety Design| Giant Size 11'...
  • Giant 11 Feet Across, 5 1/2 Feet High
  • Patent Pending No-Pole Safety Design
  • 3 Windows & 1 Door with Screens & Zippers
Little Tikes Slam 'n Curve Slide
  • Challenging inflatable rock wall leads to a slippery slide with a gentle curve at the end...
  • Designed so parents can see all the action!
  • Fun basketball hoop in splash pool area
Gotrovo Treasure Hunt Game - Fun Scavenger Hunt for Kids of All Ages -...
  • MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME: GoTrovo is an action-packed pirate scavenger hunt game for the...
  • ENTERTAIN THE KIDS WITH NO SCREEN WHATEVER THE WEATHER: fun trails in the home and garden
  • BOREDOM BUSTER FOR KIDS AGED 3-10: No two trails are ever the same, kids can play for...
Sidewalk Chalk Spray Set of Three Colors
  • Set includes 3 different colors
  • Each bottle contains .35 oz of colored powder made from cornstarch
  • Recommended for ages 6+
Premium Ring Toss Game Set - Includes 8 Rope & 8 Plastic Rings -...
  • BOTH ROPE & PLASTIC RINGS are included so you can play how you like.
  • HOURS OF FAMILY FUN - Adults and children love playing ring toss at tailgates, barbecues,...
  • HELPS KIDS DEVELOP HAND-EYE COORDINATION in a fun family-friendly game.
Playz Ball Pit Princess Castle Play Tents for Girls w/ Glow in The...
  • 50 BALLS INCLUDED - GLOW IN THE DARK STARS Children fall in love with our premium dream...
  • PRINCESS APPROVED Soft thick fabric & quality breathable mesh design allows for a safe &...
  • POPS OPEN IN 1 SECOND Portable, durable, easy to setup & foldable with a lightweight...
WOW Super Slide l 25' x 6' Water Slide
  • Giant 25' x 6' backyard lawn slide with sprinkler system
  • Extra-thick, heavy-duty PVC construction
  • Customized connection system to connect multiple slides together
Zupapa 15 14 12 Ft TUV Approved Trampoline with Enclosure Net and Pole...
  • The 2019 newest upgraded Zupapa trampoline with the Safer Unique No-gap Jumping Mat...
  • The product total weight, box are NOT included, 15FT: 192 lbs. 14FT: 184 lbs. 12FT: 164...
  • All Zupapa trampolines get TUV certified. TUV Report Reference No. for Zupapa:...

EasyGo Products 14' Inflatable Mega Movie Screen - Canvas Projection...
  • EASY SET-UP: The mega inflatable movie screen is easy and convenient to set up in 2...
  • SCREEN & FRAME: This amazing new WHITE DISPLAY detachable screen and inflation fan work...
  • ATTRACTIVE DESIGN: This mega outdoor movie screen kit includes an inflatable frame,...

Melissa & Doug Hop & Count Hopscotch Rug, Play Space & Room Decor,...
  • CLASSIC HOPSCOTCH RUG: The Melissa & Doug Hop & Count Hopscotch Rug features a classic...
  • DURABLE MATERIALS: Our hopscotch rug is made from high-quality woven materials that can be...
  • SKID-PROOF BACKING: This high-quality hopscotch game set features a skid-proof backing,...

500pcs Assorted Colors Water Balloons Bomb Balloons Beach Balloons Fun...
  • 500 Multi-colored water bomb balloons. Perfect for birthday parties, picnics, outdoor...
  • Kids and children will love the vibrant colors and have a blast playing water games with...
  • Jarty Party Water Balloons Are Made using 100% brand new, high quality, odor free,...

  • FREE ACCESSORIES AND SHIPPING - The complete set includes the official rulebook and a...
  • PACKED WITH AWESOME FEATURES - These NHPA-approved horseshoes have more weight forged into...
  • PITCH LIKE THE PROS - This world class horseshoe design has longer tips to grab the stake...

Kiddie Play Traffic Light Toy for Kids Cars and Bikes with Lights and...
  • Real working lights with realistic traffic sounds
  • Automatically changes between red, yellow, and green. Teaches traffic regulations and...
  • Base can be filled with sand or water for stability

BANZAI Splish Splash Water Park
  • Transform your backyard into a junior ocean adventure!
  • The water park is 90 x 68 x 22" when set up
  • Contents includes 1 splash mat, 1 inflatable dolphin. 1 inflatable whale slide, 4...

EasyPro+ PCT1317 Deluxe Pond & Garden Cover Tent Dome Netting 13x17...
  • KEEPS OUT LEAVES & ANIMALS: The EasyPro PCT1317 Deluxe Pond and Garden Cover Tent Dome...
  • STURDY POLES & MESH: This dome netting includes strong fiberglass poles and strong...
  • CONVENIENT ZIPPER: The net's built-in zipper allows you easy access to feed fish in your...
MESHA 12 Inches Assorted Color Party Balloons (144 Pcs)
  • Colored Balloons 12": Beautiful balloons in assorted colors to make your party most...
  • Premium Quality Party Supply: The 12 inch diameter birthday balloons are made with premium...
  • Balloons are Favorites: balloons can be used anywhere anytime and by people of all ages....

Toysmith Marbles in a Tin Box
  • The marbles in this set can be used in games of skill, traded with friends or for the...
  • This set includes 160 glass marbles in a variety of colors and patterns.
  • Marbles are kept in a colorful tin storage box when not in use, reducing clutter.

AmazonBasics Bocce Ball Set with Soft Carrying Case - 100mm
  • Full-size bocce balls measure 100mm each
  • Set includes 4 green balls, 4 red balls, 1 white pallino, and 1 measuring device
  • Poly-resin composite for long-lasting strength

Intex Jump O Lene Castle Inflatable Bouncer, for Ages 3-6
  • Soft inflatable, floor and high walls provide a safe bouncing platform
  • Castle with four turrets is great for kids imaginations
  • Hours of playtime,avoid area with sharp objects and debris before setup

Slackers 100' Night Riderz Kit with Spring Brake
  • Combination 100' (113' total cable length) Zipline and Spring brake kit!.
  • New compression 5.25 steel spring braking system is a great addtion to your backyard...
  • 2 adults following our thorough instructions can set up the zipline in less than an hour!

Brothers are for Making Mud Pies (Puffin Lift-the-Flap)
  • Penguin Books
  • Harriet Ziefert
  • Publisher: Puffin Books

Tailgating Pros Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Boards with Corn Filled...
  • SOLID WOOD CONTRUCTION - Our Regualtion Size Boards measure 4ftx2ft and are constructed...
  • RUGGED FRAME & ADVANCED DESIGN - Solid Wood Frame with Folding Legs, a 1/2" Top Board, and...
  • CARRYING CASE INCLUDED - Our Carrying Case with Shoulder Straps is made from High Quality...


Ninja Warrior Course DIY

Here's A Video on Ninja Warrior Course DIY of a Girl Kid

Sun Pleasure Party Bird Island Giant Unicorn Float - Fast Speed Pump...
  • UP TO 6 PERSON CAPACITY - Enjoy a day in the sun on the beach, pool or lake in this jumbo...


Make a Map of Your Neighborhood

Backyard Twister DIY

Here's A Video on DIY Twister Mat Game

Find Shapes in the Clouds

4 hands making a heart shape with clouds
BANZAI Bump n Bounce Body Bumpers n
  • 25"L x 25"W x 23"H inflatable body bumpers
  • 2 body bumpers included for belly-to-belly bumping action
  • Fun and safe cushiony inflatable surface

Mini Olympics

Here's A Video on Olympics Day Indoor & Outdoor Games


Here's A Video of OPC Picnic 2011 - Children Playing Some Games

Ring Toss DIY

Here's A Video of How to Make a Ring Toss Game DIY

Tire Swing

Here's A Video of DIY Kids: Build a Backyard Tire Swing

Outdoor Reading

outdoor reading with the kids under a tree
POCO DIVO 6-ft Play Tunnel Kids Tent Children Pop-up Toy Tube
  • Perfect for muscle development, stimulate the imagination for creative playtime
  • Consist of blue, yellow & red is the most popular multi-color tunnel
  • Fast and easy set up and fold by pop-up design, Lightweight and portable with a carry bag
13-Foot by 13-Foot Square Extreme Twister Inflatable Multi-Person...
  • HEAVY DUTY - The vinyl on our inflatables is double, triple, and in some areas 6-way box...
  • PREMIUM QUALITY - Our inflatables are manufactured with 15 ounce Plato« "Lite and Strong"...
  • EASY TO PLAY - A pair of giant dice take the place of the spinning wheel to instruct...

Walk the Dog

kid walking a dog

Feed the Birds

kid in pink and violet jacket feeding a bird

Fairy Crowns

Here's A Video of DIY Tutorial on How to Make A Fairy Crown

GoSports Giant Wooden Toppling Tower (Stacks to 5+ feet) | Includes...
  • GIANT SIZE: Tower starts at 2.5 feet tall and grows to over 5 feet during play - Includes...
  • BONUS RULES WITH DRY ERASE BOARD: Includes bonus dry erase board to make your own optional...
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: Hand Selected Knot Free Pine Blocks - Beware of other low-cost towers...

Planting flowers or vegetables

Mother and daughter planting flowers together as backyard games

Giantex Trampoline Combo Bounce Jump Safety Enclosure Net W/Spring Pad...
  • Six U-shaped Legs- Six legs are arranged averagely under the trampoline. U-shaped legs can...
  • Safety Enclosure Net and Foam Sleeves- Safety enclosure netting are perfectly attached to...
  • All Accessories Included- Our trampoline includes steel frame, jumping mat, safety...
Darice Wood Xylophone – Wood Base With 8 Metal Keys in a Scale –...
  • AN INTRO TO MUSIC - The xylophone has a wooden base and features 8 clear-sounding metal...
  • CUSTOMIZABLE - The wood base of the xylophone and the wooden mallet can be painted and...
  • FULLY ASSEMBLED - The 11.5" long xylophone comes fully assembled and includes a 7" long...
Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection, 152 Crayons, Coloring Supplies,...
  • CRAYOLA CRAYON SET: 152 classic crayons in a durable Crayon Storage Caddy.
  • DOUBLE WRAPPED & DURABLE: These kids' art tools are double wrapped for extra strength.
  • GLITTER & METALLIC CRAYONS: 152 different colors including glitter and metallic colors.
Creative Cedar Designs Octagon Wooden Sandbox
  • 84" L x 78" w x 9" H Sand box with 3/4" thick timbers hold up to x 500lbs of Sand when...
  • Sandbox kits have Stained cedar timbers and hardware that make building a Sandbox that...
  • Durable, eco-friendly polyethylene Sandbox cover goes on in seconds to prevents excess...
Costzon Mighty Inflatable Bounce House, Castle Jumper Moonwalk Slide...
  • EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL - Costzon bounce house is made by extraordinarily heavy-duty puncture...
  • ENDLESS SLIDING& Jumping FUN - There is a inflatable slide connected with the jumping...
  • PROTECTIVE NETTING - Let your children jump freely! Tall mesh walls surround the jumping...

Mighty Moonwalk Jumper

Firepit Swing Set

Here's A Video On How To Build Your Own Firepit Swing Set

Squirt Gun Painting

Here's A Video On How To Do Squirt Gun Painting

Making Pounded Flower Bookmarks

Here's A Video of The Fine Art of Flower Pounding

Glow in the Dark Chalk

Here's A Video of DIY Glow In The Dark Chalk

Rainbow Bubble Wrap Tree

Here's A Video on Bubble Wrap Painting

Giant Connect Four


Micro-mini Scooter


Mud Painting

Here's A Video on Mud Painting

Little Tikes Swing Set

little tikes swing set for backyard games

Balloon Darts

Ooey Gooey Worms

Here's A Video of Edible Mud Sensory Play

Ultimate Combo Bounce House

Rainbow Glitter Sidewalk Paint

Here's A Video On DIY Glitter Sidewalk Paint

Little Tikes Slide

Here's A Video of Huge Inflatable Water Slide by Little Tikes + Giant Egg Surprise Opening of Paw Patrol Bath Toys

Shallow Swing Potato Chip Chair

Here's A Video on Chip Chair "Shallow Swing", Assembling

Swimming Pool

Inflatable Play Center

Play Dough

John Deere Sand Vehicles

Checkers Outdoor

Shaving Cream Slip-n-slide

Here's A Video on Shaving Cream Slip and Slide=Messy Fun!

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Tic-Tac-Toe DIY

Here's A Video On How to Make a Cardboard Tic Tac Toe Game at Home - DIY

Stacking Cups

Here's A Video On 7 Fun and Cheap Games with Cups (DIY Minute to Win It Party)

Water table

Kickback Soccer

Lawn Bowls

Throw and Catch


Inflatable Retrojump


Peg Perego John Deere Tractor and Trailer

Rebounder Soccer

Here's a Video On How To Build A Soccer Wall/Rebounder! (Full DIY Tutorial)

Outdoor Chalkboard

Here's A Video on Backyard Chalk board

Little Tikes Trampoline

Here's A Video on Little Tikes Trampoline Review

Slide Bouncer Castle

Bean Bag Ladder Toss

Here's A Video on Bean Bag Ladder Toss

Seahorse Sifting

s​​​​idewalk Chalking

Pool Noodle Toss

Here's A Video About Pool Noodle Ball Toss - fun kids activity


Stomp Rocket Launch

Recycled Bottles Bowling

Here's A Video on Plastic Bottle Bowling Set

DIY Bucket Ring Toss​​​​

Here's A Video on Lets Make! : DIY Bucket Ball!


Here's A Video on DIY GIANT BUBBLES for kids! Family Fun playtime with bubble toys Ryan ToysReview

Sport Balance Bike

Comfort Wagon

Toy Gardening

Snake Magnifying Glass

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Shimmy Snake Magnifying Glass With...
  • nake-shaped magnifying glass
  • Easy to grasp with bright green styling
  • Sturdy plastic construction with shatterproof lens

Cottage Playhouse

Here's A Video on Little Tikes Princess Cottage Playhouse (Indoor and Outdoor Playhouse for Kids)

The Importance of Backyard Games in Your Child’s Development

Recent statistics state that approximately one in three children in the United States are overweight. One way to combat that problem is to get kids outside to run instead of shooting zombies on screen, inside the house.

There’s more benefits to outside play than just the physical aspects. Have you ever seen kids out of school doors as soon as the bell goes off?

You can see freedom and excitement in their faces. Being outside allows kids to engage in behavior that isn’t acceptable outside. For example, they don’t have to use inside voices. Running around is the best way to steam for a child.

Activities like throwing a ball, trampolining, and treasures hunts, all help your child to grow and develop fine motor skills. Backyard games usually involve more kids and social skills are another important aspect of a child’s development.

The Top 101 Fun Backyard Games and Ideas for Kids

play dough for backyard games

When deciding on which backyard games should be included in our list of 101 backyard games and ideas we tried to accommodate children of all ages. Yes, even the ones who think they’re too old for fun and games. Some entries may look like they’re on the list twice, but that’s because different age groups have different listings.

Did Our List of Backyard Games Bring Back Some Memories for You?

You will have noticed some oldies and goodies on our list and that was deliberate. Although the modern toys are fun to play with there’s a lot to be said for the sheer fun of getting your hands dirty by making mud pies or building sandcastles.