We live in the Rocky Mountains where cold and snow rule 50 percent of the year, so when summertime hits it’s all about being outside. I love backyard games because they can be used as a simple boredom buster, or they can be combined to provide hours of fun for family reunions, corporate picnics, birthday parties, or backyard barbeques. From simple to extravagant, here are more than a dozen backyard games for any age to enjoy this summer.

It doesn’t get much easier than tic-tac-toe. My daughter turned 6 this year and this is her all time favorite pastime. Kids can even help make the rocks their own way.  

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Remember Kerplunk? The tabletop version always gets my kids giggling, but this giant version using tomato cages will get everyone involved in the fun.

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Yard dice are a great way to bring a crowd together. You can play a variety of games with dice, including the ever-popular Yahtzee!

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This is another childhood classic made even better by the sheer size. This tutorial gives you full step by step instructions to create your own.

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This is another childhood classic made even better by the sheer size. This tutorial gives you full step by step instructions to create your own.

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Got boys? What’s better than a giant slingshot and a whole bunch of buckets? It’s like a giant real life game of Angry Birds.

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A mini golf course is a great idea for any age, from the youngest to the grandparents, everyone can enjoy a little putt putt.

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Giant checkers anyone? I love this DIY checkerboard, especially the mason jar lids used for game pieces. Check out the full tutorial here.

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Jumbo Jenga was one of the first giant backyard games to hit the market. You can buy premade kits that are ready to play on Amazon for about $60, or you can make your own here.

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Bring back tetherball! I used to love this game as a kid, and you making your own couldn’t be easier with this full DIY tutorial by Simply Kierste.

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This image is actually from a retirement home that installed a giant Scrabble game out of concrete pavers. All I’m saying is that I want to retire there. Today.

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I love a good game of Mexican train and this one version would take things to a whole new level.

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If you have little ones, this memory game using tiles is a great way to pass the time and get them moving! White tiles, stencils, and spray paint is all you need for a summer of backyard fun.

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Lawn twister is easy to make and even easier to clean up – grab four friends and some spray paint and you’re ready to go. You’ll need the spinner from the original game, but the oudoor version is a lot more fun!

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