Stay Active With These Outdoor Games

Warmer days have arrived and it’s beautiful outside. While social media, tasty snacks and Netflix beckon you to stay in, it’s time to get out and active.

From your back yard to the beach, there are many places to explore and outdoor games to play. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Lawn Twister

Was Twister named that way because you risk twisting your ankle on that “tarp” of a mat? Change up the game by spray-painting Twister circles onto your lawn for a fun outdoor game during a barbecue. All you need are circular stencils and spray paint (contractor’s marking, the washable kind).

Create a circular stencil by cutting a circle out of a pizza box, about ten or so inches wide. At a home improvement store, you’ll find contractor marking spray paint to spray over the stencil. Space the circles reasonably apart, matching the original mat. Play like normal!


2. Giant Jenga 

Remember Jenga, and the “don’t make that expression or it’ll freeze that way” moment the tower crumbles, like your ego? Get ready to make it giant!

For this outdoor version, you’ll use 2x4 wood pieces to make a larger version of the stacking game, avoiding boards with knots or holes. You’ll cut these into 48 blocks of 10.5 inch pieces and sand them. Next, paint them in fun colors! Though, you could probably order a giant-sized version from an online retailer.

This game is fun to test your hand-eye coordination and a big hit at birthday parties for adults who love to bring back childhood games.


3. Football-Inspired Fun

Tailgating with friends, with nothing to do besides the usual? At the beach and tired of volleyball and Frisbee? 

Try this alternative and fun football-inspired game you can play while tailgating or hanging out at the beach. QB54 involves the regular rules, minus tackling, with the goal set up on the back of folding chairs. Interceptions, touchdowns and more all happen with this fun game. Portable football will get you moving and give you a place to chill out.

4. Water Balloon Dodge Ball

Water balloon dodge ball combines two childhood past times — water balloon fights and dodge ball. The rule is the same: Don’t aim for the face, but everything else is game.

Stay cool and active. Draw a big line to divide the yard and start tossing. Make the game more fun by instituting an unique rule if a balloon breaks when it hits the ground without hitting anyone, such as the person has to stay in the front lines of battle.


5. Pool Noodle Ring Toss

Pool noodles aren’t just for the pool. They’re fun for your own back yard Olympic Games. Different targets receive different points of your choosing in Pool Noodle Ring Toss. 

You’ll need at least six pool noodles and six wooden dowels that are ¾ inch each. The diameter of the noodle and dowel must match. Hammers pound the dowels into the ground and noodles cover them. Other noodles will be used to make the rings you’ll be tossing. Check out the instructions to construct the materials for Pool Noodle Ring Toss, and let the games begin!

6. Picnic Basket Relay

The warmer seasons are perfect for a picnic. Why not make a game out of your picnic fun, with Picnic Basket Relay!

You’ll be divided into teams to judge who sets up their picnic area the fastest, including laying down the blanket to placing the silverware and food items. You run back and forth to a partner until all elements are complete. Check out this and other fun picnic games, and see how you can make them your own!

Stay active and cool with outdoor fun, because summer is on the horizon. Whether you’re tailgating at a game or having a barbecue or picnic with friends, you don’t have to do the same old things.


Let your inner kids out to play, and super-size games of Jenga and Twister. Mix water balloon fights with dodge ball. Get inventive, messy and creative, and bond with your friends in fun and hilarious ways perfect to capture on film and laugh about later.

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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