Parents·Posted on Aug 30, 201625 Ways To Seriously Upgrade Your Family's BackyardThe longer your kids are outside the less mess you have to clean inside.by Morgan ShanahanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed Click here to pin this post for later. 1. Build a slide into your landscaping! theempowerededucatoronline.com Learn how at The Empowered Educator. 2. Or use your rustic back area to create a tire swing set. kosttirepa.com Or obstacle course. I'm not picky. 3. This is the ultimate in home bowling. iseeidoimake.com Unless your house belongs on MTV Cribs, and even then, this is way more fun. Learn how to make your own at I See, I Do, I Make. 4. Create your own custom lanterns. growcreativeblog.com Find the DIY at Grow Creative. 5. Or build a zen fountain. acultivatednest.com Find the DIY at A Cultivated Nest. 6. Enjoy your fountain from this simple DIY bench. fabeveryday.com Reinvent your backyard without trying too hard. Find the how-to at Fab Everyday. 7. You can make your own fancy outdoor kitchen. instructables.com See how this awesomeness can be done on Instructables. 8. Or build yourselves an outdoor theater. b-adeals.com / Via b-adeals.com Got a smart phone? Then you've got a low-cost projector! 9. Don't have room for a fire pit, but still craving s'mores? smartschoolhouse.com Find this easy hack at Smart School House. 10. Plant upwards. ana-white.com Watering the lower plants is a great chore for kiddos. Learn how to build your own at Ana White. 11. Customize this family monogram. houseandfig.com Check out the tutorial at House of Figs. 12. Growing corn in a pot is a thrill for those young and old. balconygardenweb.com Find the DIY at Balcony Garden Web. 13. Build an above ground pool that will be the envy of your neighborhood. Facebook: joseadimilson.franco / Via Facebook: joseadimilson.franco 14. Never run out of things to do. thisgrandmaisfun.com Learn how to play this game at This Grandma Is Fun. 15. Imagine your whole yard as a giant maze. imgur.com Make your backyard a-maze-ing. 16. Tire swings are tired. Build a skate swing! handimania.com Little Bit Funky has the instructions. 17. Finally, a twister board that won't move! youplusmeforalways.blogspot.com Learn how it's done at You Plus Me For Always. 18. Make your own massive, hose-off chalk board! the-good-life-blog.com Check out The Good Life Blog for details. 19. Keep the grown-up toys conveniently out of reach. turtlesandtails.blogspot.ca Turtles and Tails built this DIY hideaway bar. 20. Keep a cart filled with outdoor activities that can easily be rolled indoors when weather insists. bystephanielynn.com Find this and some other terrific backyard ideas at By Stephanie Lynn. 21. Upcycle just about anything onto a music wall. maryville.schoolwires.net This one was made by some amazing elementary school students. 22. Create a sensory path for littles to explore. playathometeacher.com Play At Home Teacher can show you how (and why!) 23. This genius sandbox cover doubles as seating. mrshappyhomemaker.com Where was this DIY when we were chasing cats out of our sandbox?! 24. This no-fade hopscotch board is made from painted pavers. happinessishomemade.net Make your own with these instructions from Happiness is Homemade. 25. And of course, don't forget to make the food! munchkinsandmoms.com This clever idea is from Munchkins and Moms.