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27 Fun Outdoor Games You'll Want To Play All Summer Long

Let the games begin!

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3. Giant Beer Pong

Traditional beer pong, only with trash cans (or buckets) replacing the cups and volley balls (or cheap rubber balls from the toy section of Walmart or Target) replacing the ping pong balls.

Leave out the drinking portion of the game if you want to play with kids.

4. Frozen T-Shirt Race

Soak a bunch of t-shirts in water, place them in plastic bags, and then stick them in the freezer overnight. The next day, hold a race to see who can "defrost" and pull on a frozen t-shirt the quickest. This is a great choice to play on a sweltering day--you'll want to keep the chilly t-shirt on even after the race is over!

Full instructions at A Girl and a Glue Gun.


12. Picnic Basket Relay

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Teams compete to see who can set up a picnic first (lay down the blanket, set up the silverware and plates, etc.). When one player finishes setting it up, they rush to get everything back in the basket, and then pass it off to the next player.

Full instructions at PARTIES4ME.


13. Outdoor Pictionary

Make a chalkboard to put on the side of your garage (or a fence) and use it to play a giant outdoor version of Pictionary (basically charades, but with drawing). You can also use the board to keep score for any other yard game.

Learn how to make the chalkboard at Tiny Sidekick.

Read Pictionary instructions here.

15. Giant Bananagrams

Use cardboard and paint to make oversized Bananagrams tiles and bring your favorite word game out onto the lawn--now playing is a work-out for your brain *and* your body.

Full instructions at Constantly Lovestruck.


18. Spaghetti Scavenger Hunt


Pie eating contests are messy and hilarious, but they tend to make people feel ill from overeating: this game allows you to have messy food fun *without* gorging. You hide small items (like gummy bears or peanut M&M's) in giant plates of spaghetti, set the plates down on a tarp-covered picnic table, and have the contestants search for them--using their mouths!

Full instructions at Stumingames.

19. Bon App├ętit

If you're not bothered by the idea of actually eating something, play this sandwich making relay race game. Teams line up beside a table and work together to make a sandwich FAST (one person spreads the mayo, one person adds the meat, etc.). When the meal gets to the end of the line, the last person has to eat it.

Full instructions at Stumingames.


22. Drip Drip Dunk

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Instead of going around in a circle innocently tapping people on the head and saying "duck, duck, goose," you go around in a circle dribbling water on everyone's heads until you finally choose someone to "dunk" and completely dump the cup (or jug) of water on.

Full instructions at PARTIES4ME.

24. Watch Your Step

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Players have a balloon tied to each of their ankles and everyone runs around the yard trying to pop other player's balloons using their feet--whoever keeps their balloons intact the longest is the winner.

Full instructions at Stumingames.


26. Sponge Launch

Who doesn't like playing with a sling shot? It's just not something that fades with age. In this game, you use one to launch wet sponges at your teammates, who catch them and wring them out into a bucket. The team that fills their bucket with water first, wins.

Full instructions at How Does She.