10 Things That Will Make You Love Your Backyard This Summer

We know this summer will be unlike any other, and that you may be spending more time at home than usual. That’s why we put together this handy list of the top 10 essential items you need in your backyard to make it fun and memorable.

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Here’s what you need this summer…

1. Water Balloons

Do a water balloon toss to see how many catches you make before it pops. Have a good old-fashioned water balloon fight! Do a balloon stomp in your backyard. Play Water Balloon Hot Potato. Switch up your game of Capture The Flag so that you have to hit someone with a water balloon to get them out. The possibliities are endless with water balloons.

2. Sidewalk Chalk

Draw a hopscotch game, trace each other’s bodies with chalk, or dip the chalk in water for a paint-like effect. Draw an alphabet path and have your kids spell out their names. Create a giant game of Chutes and Ladders. There’s so much fun to be had with a simple bucket of sidewalk chalk.

3. Slip n’ Slide

Is there anything better than a slip n’ slide on a hot summer day? We think not. Level up your slip n’ slide fun by playing Slip n’ Slide n’ Grab. You play random items along the route and try to grab them as you slide down.

4. Wading Pool

Don’t be caught this summer without a wading pool for your kids to splash around in. Throw a bunch of balls in for a ball swim, add buckets for pouring fun, throw in some dirt and play in the mud, set up a Gone Fishing game, or just splash around in your suits!

5. Water Squirters

Water squirters make everything more exciting. You can play Freeze Tag, set up a target that you try to hit, stack up a fortress of plastic cups to knock down, or just have a good old-fashioned water gun fight.

6. Sprinkler

We all have memories of running through the sprinkler as a child on a hot summer day. It’s a summer staple. You can also play Sprinkler Tug o’ War, where you grab either end of a rope, pull as hard as you can, and see who gets caught in the sprinkler first.

7. Bubbles

Stock up on your bubble supply for the summer! Have your kids try to pop as many as they can, or make bubble art by adding a little food coloring and blowing them onto a piece of paper!

8. Bubble Machine

Turn your backyard into a magical land of bubbles with a bubble machine.

9. Flashlights

On a warm summer night, bring out your flashlights and play flashlight tag, shadow charades, catch the light, or flashlight limbo, or have a flashlight disco party!

10. Cornhole

This classic game will get you through the summer. Start a family tournament!

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Backyard Camping

Have a campout in your own backyard. Roast marshmallows, read stories, sing songs, watch the stars, and cuddle up in your sleeping bag for an unforgettable night.

Hula Hooping

Use a hula hoop to play human ring toss, have a hula hoop competition, or use them to set up an obstacle course!

Kite Flying

If you have some open space in your backyard to run, then flying kites is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Potato Sack Races

Use sleeping bags or potato sacks to race across the yard in this field day favorite! You can get classic double burlap potato sacks from your local coffee shop or on Amazon.


This summer is probably the summer to have a basketball hoop. Play one-on-one, Horse, Around The World, and perfect your shooting skills.


Set up four large objects for your bases, and have a pitcher roll the ball to the kicker. Just like baseball, try to get around the bases. It’s a backyard favorite!

Ring Toss

Toss each ring to get it around a peg, worth different amounts of point. This classic game will be fun all summer long!


Get familiar with the stars this summer. Just grab a blanket, lie down, and look up! Or get a Kids’ Telescope from Amazon and study the galaxy in a whole new way.

Want more? You got it! Check out 101 Backyard Games & Activities to keep the fun going all summer long.

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