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10 Backyard Games for Parties or Family Fun

by Rebecca Eanes


  1. Play tug-of-war with two milk crates and a long rope! See who can tug their opponent off the crate first!

  2. Popcorn drop is a relay game. First you’ll need to create two pairs of shoe cups. To do this, take 4 plastic cups and poke holes in the bottom with a push pin. Push a wide rubber band through the holes and secure it inside the cup with a paper clip. Divide the kids into two teams. The kids slip with shoe cups around their shoes and fill each one with popcorn. They then have to get to the other side of the yard without spilling too much popcorn and dump their popcorn in a bucket, race back and give the shoe cups to the next kid in line. In the end, the team with the most popcorn in their bucket wins!

  3. Play clothespin tag! Each child decorates a clothespin with markers, googly eyes, or stickers and clip their decorated pins on the backs of their shirts. The goal is to run around snatching everyone else’s clothespins off their shirts without losing their own! The kid with the most clothespins at the end is the winner!


Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.


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