Creative Child

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 bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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