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Easy Outdoor Toys You Can Make Today

When the weather gets warm (but not too hot!), we all want our kids to get outside and spend some active time there.

But, unless you’re lucky enough to live right next door to a park, your kids may be lacking fun things to do outside.

So here are just a few relatively easy DIY outdoor toy projects that you can put together in a day or two!

1. Pallet Walls

This pallet climbing wall from Woo Home is adorable!

Can be made easily using roof angle brackets or a roof truss as a frame. Attach little wood pieces to climb on and canvas for the tent underneath.

Consider making an obstacle course by lining several of these in a roll.


2. Spool Table

A perfect solution for outdoor table play, this spool table with bowl cutouts is perfect as a table for eating popsicles, playing in a sandbox, or painting projects.

Even if you don’t want to cut the holes in it, a simple sanding and coat of brightly colored paint would turn an old spool into a whimsical children’s table.

3. Tile Hop-Scotch

How about a game of hop-scotch on these super-simple painted tiles. Buy garden stepping stones from your local garden or hardware store.

Use stencils to paint on numbers for a game of hopscotch or maybe a live game of chess.

Even if you decide not to paint them, children will be delighted just to hop from stepping stone to stepping stone across the shark-infested waters of your backyard.

Photo: Hop Scotch

4. Walking Block Stilts

Some rope, a drill and some blocks. I don’t know about your kids, but boys especially love any opportunity to BE taller and on the move.

Fun, ol’ fashioned fun right here!

5. Tire Climber

This homemade tire climber is pretty awesome. Pick up some old tires from the junkyard or pretty much any tire store who will give them away for free(!), and then scrub, paint, and bolt together to get this cool climbing structure.

Wouldn’t this make a great addition to the pallet wall obstacle course?

6. Mini Golf

It turns out that Kix doesn’t just make cereal — they also come up with some pretty rad ideas for backyard entertainment!

Use pool noodles, 2×4’s, old cans, buckets, cardboard boxes, toys, and more to build your own recycled backyard mini golf course. Let your imagination run wild with this one.

Photo: Mini Golf

7. DIY Tire Teeter Totter

As cute as it is fun to use for the littles in your crew. This will become the little talking piece in your backyard at every get-together for sure.

To me, painting it with your kiddos would be a fun experience all on its own!


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