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Turn Your Backyard Into a Playground Awesome DIY Projects Your Kids Will Love

Summertime means fun for both parents and kids, and offers the opportunity to bond with them in new ways, and create fun new activities outside to do together.

Having fun outdoors with your kids this summer doesn’t necessarily have to involve a lot of money. In fact, there are plenty of outdoor activity solutions that can be made for pennies on the dollar by taking advantage of your natural environment – so read on to discover some of the most popular among parents and children!

Outback Zip-lining

Outback Zip-lining

Typically reserved for outdoor tropical rain-forest adventures and get-aways, now creating your own outdoor Zipline can be done in the luxury of your own backyard! Your kids are sure to have endless hours – and even years of adventure – and we’re sure they’ll be that much more popular, and involved with the neighborhood kids. Just make sure you invest in the proper, most safe equipment, and professional installation where applicable.

Outdoor Tepees

Outdoor Tepees

Create endless adventures and memories with your kids by purchasing or using materials from around the house to create your very own, sturdy, and weatherproof tents! Installation won’t be difficult, and you can even make an activity out of building these tents together!

Stylish Nature Hanging Chairs

Stylish Nature Hanging Chairs

Whether it’s quiet time, nap-time, or your kids and you want to tell spooky stories to each-other and their friends, these outdoor hanging chairs are an absolute must! They can be hung from most trees, and are great for campfires and storytelling.

The Simple and Fun ‘Chair Swing’!

The Simple and Fun 'Chair Swing'!

Made simply with an older chair and safe, durable rope you and your kids can make an activity out of painting, hanging, and playing with this outdoor ‘chair swing’! This is both an original, and exciting activity for family and friends. Best of all, this project can be done in just a day or two, and your kids can decide on the color or their favorite patterns for each swing!

Chalk Board Wall: Great for Games and Learning!

Chalk Board Wall: Great for Games and Learning!

If there isn’t much space, safety, or opportunity for your kids to draw with chalk out in front of your home, then getting them a chalkboard to draw and play on outback can be made just as easily – and be even more fun for a personalized experience!

Ol’ Fashion Tire Swing

Ol' Fashion Tire Swing

There’s nothing too “old fashioned” about a tire-swing, and it’ll be sure to bring endless summers of fun for you and your kids! Making a tire-swing doesn’t have to be hard or costly. In fact, all you need is a recycled (safe) tire, and a durable chain which you can hang each tire-swing from – ideally from a sturdy, good angled tree. Just always check that it’s secure first before use! {found on livedan330}

A ‘Day at the Beach’ in your own Backyard!

A 'Day at the Beach' in your own Backyard!

Going to the beach with your kids can be expensive, especially if it’s a long business and you work busy hours! But, now it’s possible to provide your children with the luxuries of a beach, right in your own backyard! All you’ll need is a bit of sand (ideally a sandbox), a children’s pool, and a little bit of creativity! {found on wraysist3rs}

Outdoor Climbing Wall

Outdoor Climbing Wall

What better outdoor activity for your kids and their friends than a climbing wall? This is a fantastic DIY activity for your kids, and will also ensure lots of exercise and fun on those bright summer days! Just consider laying down a mattress and extra padding to keep your kids and their friends safe from unexpected falls.

Lawn Twister!

Lawn Twister!

Turning The Backyard Into A Playground – Cool Projects Kids Will Love You For

Making a good ol’ fashion game of TWISTER in your own back yard can be lots of fun, and making more than one board for family, friends, and get togethers is easy!

All you need to make this game is different spray paint colors, and you can make your own ‘stencil’ out of cardboard to get the circles just right! And, while it might wash away in the rain, making another one is fast, easy, and pretty affordable too! This is also a great outdoor DIY activity for party’s as well! {found on youplusmeforalways}.

Feng Shui and Happy Water!

Feng Shui and Happy Water!

Sometimes, creating a DIY backyard activity doesn’t necessarily have to involve just your kids. In fact, this water feature is a great example of creating something that will add both beauty and personality to your garden, as well as something small and simple for your children to play with or in when you’re outside together.

Fun Water Balloon Games

Fun Water Balloon Games

Water balloons can be used in many ways for different outdoor fun – not just throwing them at each other! In fact, for outdoor BBQ’s and party’s, you can fill up water balloons and either hang them from a clothing line, or even trees to make an activity of throwing water balloons at them until they pop! What cooler pinata then a water balloon pinata? {found on ziggityzoom}

DIY Outdoor Music Fence!

DIY Outdoor Music Fence!

Making outdoor music with your kids can be lots of fun, isn’t hard to assemble, and is very affordable! All you’ll need is a small fence, and any old wooden spoons, pots, pans, and anything else laying around your house that will be fun to make noise with! You can also add personality and fun to the activity by painting the fence, or even wooden spoons with your kids! {found on creativelyblooming}.

A Recyclable Wall of Adventures

A Recyclable Wall of Adventures

This is a simple, budget-friendly, and fun activity that you can build with your kids. All you’ll need is a few recycled bottles or containers, and either nails or adhesives and string to tie them to the fence. You can cut out each one and make an activity by connecting them to drip water into each-other, or even send super-balls bouncing through! {found on site}.

An ‘Old School’ Tree House Adventure

An 'Old School' Tree House Adventure

A must-have for any child and backyard, a tree-house can be set up fairly easily with just a bit of basic wood, patience, and creativity. This is by far, of course ours as well as a family favorite and rated (naturally) as the best DIY project for the backyard. As you can see by the picture construction isn’t very difficult, and won’t take long to build just the basics! The rest is up to you and your little ones! {found on site)

A Free, Fun, Outdoor Sprinkler!

A Free, Fun, Outdoor Sprinkler!

For those hot summer days, a sprinkler is a must have for your kids and their friends! Making one out of a recycled plastic bottle is easy, and all you’ll need to do is simply connect and secure your hose to it. Just make sure you supervise or poke the holes in the bottle yourself for added safety – and enjoy! {found on site}.

Cute Solution to an Outdoor Garden

Cute Solution to an Outdoor Garden

For this outdoor DIY activity all you’ll need are some old boots, containers, or boxes, markers, paint, and a little bit of imagination! You can also plant small flowers or other seeds in the boots, and teach your kids how to raise their own mini-garden with this activity!

Outdoor Splashing and Adventures

Outdoor Splashing and Adventures

If you’re looking to save a bit of money and avoid the costs of installing and purchasing an outdoor pool, then simply buying and installing some non-slippery tiles, and rigging hoses to your trees can be lots of fun for your kids, and will give them hours of joy and serve as a way of keeping everyone cool’! Alternatively, ground-installation for water-spouts is an option with this outdoor DIY activity for a more long-term setup {found on apartmenttherapy}

Bubble Games and Adventures

Bubble Games and Adventures

All you’ll need for this fun DIY outdoor game is a small kiddie-pool, bubble wands, soap, and a hose! Your kids can also play with bubble-fans, hula hoops, and other toys in the tub for the ultimate bubble adventure – and there’s no limit to how big the bubbles will be! {found on onecharmingparty}.

Real Life ‘Angry Birds’ Game

Real Life 'Angry Birds' Game

Crazy right? As you can see from the picture, with a few cardboard boxes, bricks, or wooden blocks and paint you and your kids can have fun playing real life Angry Birds! {found on simplystyledhome}.

Outdoor Ball-Throwing Sports!

Outdoor Ball-Throwing Sports!

This is a great way to encourage your kids to be active and get exercise! Known as a “passing practice wall”, this fun, simple carnival game can be made by simply using a tarp, markers, and a few colored balls. You can even adjust the distance or difficulty by simply adjusting the tarp, size of the holes, or where you place them! {found on spoonful}

Relaxation and Bonding with a Hammock

Relaxation and Bonding with a Hammock

There’s really not too many things that can be as comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable for your and your children or their friends than a hammock. They are easy to setup, and can be adjusted to hold more of your kids and friends, and is also a great way to  encourage their imagination during story-time!

Creating a Backyard Cinema

Creating a Backyard Cinema

Making your very own outdoor movie cinema is easy, and just takes combining a white tarp or projector screen, a projector, pillows, sleeping-bags and even tents for outdoor camping afterward. This is a great way for kids to bond with each other, as well as to picnic and enjoy time outdoors together as a family.

Fun Ways to Organize and Store Toys

Fun Ways to Organize and Store Toys

Prevent unwanted dirt, bugs, and other bacteria from being brought back into the house by building this outdoor storage unit to keep your kids toys in. This is a great idea and way to build a ‘fold away’ storage box for their toys and other things, and will be fun to use to teach them how to organize their things! This storage method can be built and fit in many places whether on your deck, or inside of an outdoor bench.

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