Creation of Yard Games – Prep for Outside Activities!
4/15/2021
Ladder ball game in green yard

 

Have you missed the 60+ degree weather and being outside? Don’t worry – we have too! Being cooped up all winter makes us want to be outdoors. Luckily, warmer weather is coming, and we have a great project idea for you and your family to do this spring. 

Yard games! Yard games get families and friends together all throughout the warmer months, and what better way to bring your “A game” than creating and constructing your own yard game!  

There are so many yard games you can create with your family; some can be more complex, and others are easy to make! Below are some ideas we found. 

Jenga 

Materials you need:  

  • ¾” plywood 18”x18” 

  •  6 – 2”x4” x 8” pine boards to make 54, 10 ½” pieces 

  •  1 – 2”x4” x 6” pine board to make the sides for 18”x18” plywood base 

  • Sandpaper 

  • Threaded feet for base 

  • Kreg Screws 

  • Saw (table or circular) 

Step 1: Build the Platform 

  •  Cut the ¾” plywood to 18”x18”. Then make a frame out of 2”x4” boards. Cut two boards to 15” and two boards to 18”. Then, using kreg screws, attach the 2”x4” cut boards to the plywood and to each other to form the base for the platform. 

Step 2: Cut out Jenga Pieces 

  •  Cut 54 Jenga pieces with the 2”x4” boards. You can choose how big or how small you want them. The materials listed above are for 10 ½” pieces 

Step 3: Sand the Pieces Down 

Step 4: Stack the Pieces Up 

Step 5: Play Jenga! 

Yahtzee 

Materials you need: 

  • 4”x4” wood post 

  • Marker 

  • Sandpaper 

  • Chop Saw 

  • Tape Measure 

Step 1: Cut the 4”x4” wood post into five equal cubes using a chop saw 

Step 2: Sand them down 

Step 3: Use the marker to make the dice dots 

Step 4: Play Yahtzee! 

Ladder Golf 

Materials you need:  

  • 24 PVC pipes 

  •  12 PVC connectors (6 elbows, 6 t’s) 

  • 6 bolas 

Step 1: Cut the pipes in half  

Step 2: Lay out horizontal bars, then add the t’s and elbows 

Step 3: Add vertical bars and attach to the horizontal bar with the connectors 

Step 4: Build the base with leftover PVC pipes 

Step 5: Attach this base to the ladder 

Step 6: Play ladder golf! 

While these are a few on the list of yard games to get you started, there are a plethora of more games to choose from: cornhole, washers, ring toss, etc. Get your family together in your shed and break out some tools to construct these. This is a great opportunity to get your children outside and help them learn new skills! Constructing their own yard game can teach them so much about hands on work, and what better way to do it than with the family.  

May the best DIY yard game win!

Sources: 
How to Make a DIY Giant Jenga Game - DIY Pete 
How to Build a Life-size Yard Yahtzee Game (dunnlumber.com) 
Ladder Golf DIY - How to make your own lawn game - Sand Dollar Lane 

 

To view the article in the online 2021 Spring Partners Magazine, click here.

 



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