Are you looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during a lovely day outside with friends around the firepit? The perfect solution is to add some DIY backyard games to play while the fire is merrily crackling away. Store-bought games simply aren’t always as fun as larger than life lawn games and here, you can really go overboard with your creativity and go for gold!

In the following blog, we are going to share some classic lawn games with you. These games are perfect for getting the kids outside and keeping them entertained while you sit back, relax and work on making your last-minute braai memorable.

  1. Bean bag toss

You can create everything you need for this game from everyday essentials. All you need is a couple of bean bags, paper plates and some bright paint to paint scoring points on the inside of the paper plates. The plates will become targets, with the numbers painted inside of it serving as a point system.

You can number your plates in 10’s from 10 to 50, and the winner can be determined by whoever reaches 500 points first. This game is so simple to make, and the little ones will enjoy it just as much as the grown-ups.

  1. Glow in the dark bowling

This is the perfect night time activity to keep yourself busy with while the tjoppies are braaing on the fire, and it is incredibly easy to set up.

You’ll need six empty water bottles – the 1.5l ones work best, a couple of glow sticks and something like a hamster ball – without the hamster in it, of course. Once you are ready to start playing, toss the glow sticks into the ball and water bottles, start playing and see how this fun game lights up your evening.

  1. Yard noughts and crosses

Cut some noughts and crosses out of cardboard, paint it, bedazzle it with glitter – do whatever your creativity allows you to do with it. Place some string on the grass, as you would draw up a traditional nought and crosses layout on paper and watch this classic game come to life.

  1. Giant yard Jenga

This massive stack of blocks is no joke, but to see them crashing to the ground sure is!

It might seem like a lot of work to build your own giant Jenga, but your family will thank you for it once it’s completed. The smiles and hours of entertainment sources by this lawn game will be well worth your efforts.


  1. Lawn twister

Spray-paint red, yellow, green, and blue dots onto grass to create your very own lawn twister. Make your own spinner using cardboard, or just use the one from the box.

  1. Outdoor Chalkboard

Kids love to draw and would willingly do so for hours on end. You can either install a chalkboard in your back yard or get some chalk paint and paint a part of your wall black. Provide some colourful chalk and you’re good to go!

We hope that these games make the next evening you spend in the backyard, one to remember. This is the perfect way to keep your kids or guests entertained while the fire is crackling in the background, and if you are having a braai, these games might help hungry guests to suppress their appetites for a bit longer while the choppies are sizzling on the coals.