Dreaming of summer already?  Whether you’re out for a hike or simply playing in your backyard, spending time with your children in the great outdoors is a great way to bond and connect with nature.  If your kids are bored of tag and hide-and-go-seek, here are some fun and inexpensive backyard projects to up your backyard game.

6 Inexpensive Backyard Projects Your Kids Will Love

Whether you’re out for a hike or simply playing in your backyard, spending time with your children in the great outdoors is a great way to bond and connect with nature.  If your kids are bored of tag and hide-and-go-seek, here are some fun and inexpensive backyard projects to up your backyard game.

Cornhole

Baggo, cornhole, bags… whatever name you know it by, if you’ve ever been to a tailgate or graduation party, you’ve likely played this beloved backyard game!  Online retailers sell this game for upwards of $50, but you can make one for yourself by simply rummaging around the garage or making a quick trip to the hardware store!  All you need are 2 sheets of plywood, a few 2×4’s, a few feet of fabric, and feed corn, beans, or rice to fill your bags with. Get creative and paint the boxes with your favorite rival teams!

Tire swing

If you’ve got a big tree in your yard, a tire swing is a necessity!  Repurpose that old tire in your garage, or go to an auto parts store or local service station and pick up an oversized, used tire to make your own.  Hang it vertically to get height when swinging solo, or hang it horizontally to get all of your little ones in on the fun! Your kids won’t be able to get enough of this retro classic!

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Movie area

There’s nothing like watching a star-studded flick underneath the stars!  Most superstores sell cheap projectors, and now even devices that turn your smartphone into a projector.  Hang up an oversized white sheet on your garage door or between two trees, and you’ve got an instant backyard movie theater!  Pop some popcorn and invite the neighbors for a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) movie night!

Play teepees

A few PVC pipes or wooden poles, a couple yards of fabric, a little bit of rope, and your children have their new favorite hiding spot!  Teepees are no-sew, easy to assemble, and cheaper than investing in a real tent. If you make them big enough to fit a sleeping bag, your kids will be begging to have backyard “camping” sleepovers!

6 Inexpensive Backyard Projects Your Kids Will Love

Water wall

This one is as easy as emptying your recycling bin!  To create a water wall, dedicate a piece of fence or create a separate wall structure and adorn it with tubes, bottles, and funnels to pour, drip, and splash water through.  Craft your own aquatic Rube Goldberg creation that allows your tots to pour water into the top, watch the water flow through a series of containers, and empty into a bin or bucket on the ground.

Treehouse

When looking into backyard projects, this is the quintessential backyard play-thing!  Every child needs a treehouse. If the likes of “Treehouse Masters” have intimidated you from undertaking this project, fear no longer!  With a few pieces of decking wood and a little bit of imagination, you can build a super simple treehouse like this one in one day that your child will love!

For more bonding time with your kids, invite them to help with the construction of these backyard projects!  They’ll love seeing their ideas come to life and knowing that they helped make it every time they use it!

Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she studies Linguistics and Computer Science.  Jane plays trombone and lacrosse and is the biggest animal lover you'll meet!