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FUN SUMMER DIY BACKYARD GAMES

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE: WATER PARKS

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HIKING TRAILS NEAR YOU

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10 HOT SUMMER VACATION SPOTS

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Summer DIY BACKYARD Yo u

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ummer is here, and while many people are planning their next vacation getaway with family and friends, there are those of us who are perfectly content doing something more local. Well, what’s more local and fun than your own backyard?

This is the time of year when we all get outside and hang out by the pool while dad fires up the grill, and there are plenty of traditional backyard games like cornhole, lawn darts, croquet, bocce ball, or even dodgeball to keep us busy for hours. Here are a few do-it-yourself game ideas that will take your next backyard outing from ordinary to larger than life.

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30 Dunk Bucket Think of the dunk tanks at carnivals where you throw a ball to hit a target that releases a switch that drops one hopeless soul into the water. You may not have access to a tank, but all you have to do here is attach a wood base to a nearby tree or shed wall that can hold a fivegallon bucket.

20 10 Bean Bag Ladder Toss Talk about thinking outside the box.

DUNK BUCKET

INSTRUCTIONS Take some wood and cut out a target

Grab your basic ladder from the shed and

Lawn Twister This is probably one of the easiest, and most fun games on the planet to do in your backyard. Use circular stencils and

spray paint to turn a section of your lawn into a makeshift game board.

use pieces of paper or sturdy notecards to write point totals for each rung of the ladder. To play the game, make a few

bean bags or substitute bean bags with

rolled up socks and toss them through the different rungs to earn points.

Take wood and cut out base for 5-gallon bucket

Use hinges to attach bucket to tree and to attach target to tree

Use washers or some other mechanism to hold bucket up

Use piping as a delivery method to fill the bucket

Ladder Golf

Glow In The Dark Bowling Why limit your backyard shenanigans

Buy/find tennis balls

to daytime when you can go overtime with this neat, summer night game.

Simply grab yourself six empty water Sit person in front of bucket

bottles, a few glow sticks to put inside the bottles to create the perfect lighting, and any ball you have on hand. When you’re

Throw ball at target (repeat if necessary)

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all set up, bowl to your heart’s content.

Per wideopenneats.com, all you need to play this fun version of golf is 4x4s, 2x4s, bolts, washers, dowels, plywood, and a few screws. To play this game, space the ladders about 15 feet apart. Each player tosses three bolas, and then the next player does the same. The first one to 21 without going over is the winner! The top rung is worth three points, the middle is two, and the bottom rung is worth one point.

If you decide to do any of these DIY game ideas this summer, please send us your photos at artwork@murray-media.com or our Facebook page! We’d love to publish them.

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