CM Burns

CM Burns is a former film geek, world traveler and late starter dad. Currently locked down in Philippines with his 3 kids 7 dogs and 15 cats (at last count), he spends his days testing toys and recording the results in his Epic Toy Guides here on Big Happy Backyard and on our sister site BigHappyHouse.com.

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How to Play Four Square

Overview – What is Four Square? Four square is a ball game enjoyed around the world in recess and physical-education settings. Using a simple square court divided into four equal quadrants, this game allows growing children to build vital gross-motor skills while developing body awareness and agility. It also enables individuals to spend a healthy …

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How to Play Capture the Flag

Inspired by the centuries-old tradition of seizing your enemy’s banner to win, Capture the Flag is one of the most popular backyard games. Whether you want to have a fun weekend with friends or spend a day at the beach with family, it is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy.  Capture the Flag …

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22 Best Cornhole Boards For Epic Outdoor Fun (2021)

Regulation Size Cornhole Boards Since cornhole is an official sport, there are specific regulations regarding board dimensions and materials. If you’re a stickler for rules or want to consider playing competitively, you’ll need a regulation-size plywood cornhole board that measures 24 inches by 48 inches. GoSports Pro Regulation Cornhole Board Best Lightweight & Foldable Cornhole …

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29 DIY Easter Wood Crafts for a Big Hoppy Backyard

Discover the elegance and sustainable beauty of DIY Easter wood crafts. From springtime pallet signs to wooden Eastern centerpieces, these crafts are durable alternatives to their plastic or paper counterparts. Since wood is versatile, wooden Easter crafts range from simple canvas art to intricately carved outdoor sculptures that the whole neighborhood can enjoy. There are …

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How to Play Marco Polo

Marco!  Polo!  How many times have you watched the kiddos play the Marco Polo pool game. Perhaps you have even played it yourself.  When it comes to playing Marco Polo, it’s a very simple game that can be enjoyed by swimmers of all ages. Whether you’re cooling off on a hot summer day or enjoying …

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