Backyard Fun and Games: Five Easy Weekend Projects Your Kids Will Love

Summertime funThe days are beginning to get warmer and longer, and now is the perfect time to begin planning ahead for a backyard weekend landscaping project. According to a Cincinnati landscaping company, if you’re like most homeowners, you tend to clean up the yard every spring, add a few new flowerbeds, maybe plant some grass and call it a day. Have you ever thought about doing something a little more fun?

By starting a fun, creative backyard landscaping project you can create a unique look for your yard that your kids will enjoy all summer. The project itself will also be enjoyable for the whole family, turning an ordinary weekend into something a little extraordinary. Here are five great weekend projects for your family’s backyard:

Backyard Beach

Ever wish you could live on a tiny piece of beach property? Would your kids love to build sandcastles in their own backyard? Now’s your chance! By using sand, base rock such as granite, driftwood and seaside plants, you can create miniature sand dunes and the perfect spot to relax and sink your toes in the sand. It’s also the perfect spot to build a safe backyard fire pit. Fun and easy instructions here!

Homemade Indian Tipi

Do your kids love to go camping? How about giving them their own backyard home away from home that can be a permanent, cool-looking feature of the yard? With five bamboo poles, durable weather-resistant fabric like what’s used to build patio umbrellas and some sisal rope, your kids can help you make a charming tipi. If your backyard needs grass to build a tipi on, Cincinnati lawn care companies can help you every step of the way. Instructions for building the tipi here.

Backyard Scrabble/Board Games

Everyone loves board games! If you’re handy with woodworking equipment, you might just be able to pull off making your very own outdoor Scrabble board. The board is best placed on a patio or other perfectly flat surface. You can make the board out of wood or a mixture of concrete and wood. Either can be stained to create the different colored squares. After that, you’ll need to create tiles using baseboard and vinyl lettering. Scrabble instructions here!

Backyard Theater

One sure way to make your house the most exciting place on the block is to build your very own outdoor movie theater. You’ll need some specific equipment for this one, of course, notably a projector as well as a DVD player. The screen can either be purchased or made using lumber and a white bed sheet or piece of paneling. Instructions for a backyard theater found here.

Hobbit House

Finally, here’s the ultimate do-it-yourself project! With a little woodworking knowledge, wood, bricks, house paneling, and a large, grassy hill to work with, it’s possible to build your very own miniature Hobbit hole. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, it was a Hobbit hole, and that means comfort. Note: This project probably isn’t for beginners. Instructions are found here!

As with all do-it-yourself projects, the most important ingredient is imagination! The sky’s the limit when it comes to fun and unique project ideas to liven up your backyard and create a spring and summer full of memories.

About Teri

Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.


  1. steve mccuan says:

    sounds like a lot of great fun

  2. I absolutely love the hobbit house idea! I will be asking my husband about that one! Thanks for the great ideas

  3. I love the hobbit house idea! going to ask my husband if he is up to it! :)

  4. I keep trying to comment here that I love the hobbit house idea and would love to try it.. I keep getting an error message

  5. ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    Love the tipi sounds adorable…now if we only had warmer weather.

  6. candess phillips says:

    fantastic ideas for the upcoming warm weather, though most seem to need alot of parent guidance/building. I could see doing one or two of these but would be overwhelmed to see them all in my backyard. And the kids would still probably say there is nothing to do!

  7. I like the beach idea. Just remember to cover the sand at night.

  8. sam dock says:

    My husband would be VERY into building a hobbit hole in our back yard lol

  9. deb reed says:

    Wow love this

  10. deb reed says:

    Wow I really love this

  11. deb reed says:

    Wow I really love this blogs , love the backyard theater

  12. I love these ideas, especially Beach Backyard! I’m going to it as soon the rain stops.

  13. They’re all great ideas. But building an indian tip for the kids in our backyard would be perfect. Sure we’d have lots of fun with it!

  14. Ashley Seals says:

    Wow these are amazing ideas totally going to do the tipi!!! Thank you for this post!!!

  15. LOL! The Hobbit House is a great idea! Lovely tips! Thanks!

  16. illy junus says:

    it’s sound fun, would love to try out for the Backyard scrable

  17. Katherine D Schmidt says:

    Great article! I can’t wait to try some of these things with my nieces and nephews! :)

  18. Tonya B says:

    Our backyard is a blank canvas at the moment and I could definitely see many if these ideas finding a way into our yard in some way.

  19. LAMusing says:

    This brings back great memories of my own childhood…

  20. rebecca shockley says:

    All your idea’s and project’s made me wish I was a kid again. I really liked the buil da tipi idea, sounds pretty easy and not to many material’s. The Hobbit house, now that sound’s like a home away from home, my son would worship me if I had this built!

  21. Kayvern Collins says:

    I think the backyard theatre is a great idea, my family loves movies!

  22. Great ideas! This shows that we still can have fun without having to spend a lot of money.

  23. Megan Blumenthal says:

    I love the idea of a backyard beach..what a perfect solution. We had no idea what to do for a spring project.

  24. Margaret says:

    We actually built a playground in our backyard but these would be great additions to that. Thanks!

  25. Oh I want to be a kid again…backyard tipi. I love these things…makes me reminisce of what we did as a kid…nothing fancy, no thrills. Love it.

  26. Nice to have a house finally, these outside projects sounds great!

  27. Denise Hecht says:

    great ideas thank you so much for sharing going to do some with my grandson

  28. Michelle Cuevas says:

    Thanks….will be nice to enjoy the outdoors with the kiddos after all this cold weather!

Speak Your Mind