Katie Brown's Outdoor Games






Katie Brown's "how to" tips for fun outdoor games to play this summer.





Bowling

Materials:

  • Balls (child sized basketballs work best)
  • 3 feet by 12 feet of faux wood laminate or vinyl flooring
  • 10 Table legs
  • 4 4x6 wood beams
  • Thin red painters tape


Get Started:

  1. Take flooring and roll out.
  2. Place wood along either side of the flooring.
  3. Take red tape and wrap twice around the mid-section of the table legs.
  4. Arrange table legs at one end of the lane; these will act as your bowling pins.


Hints and Clues:

You can also mark the placement of your pins with tape to make for a quicker turn around between players.




Twister

Tools:

  • Box cutter
  • Marker

Materials:

    For the Twister mat:
  • 4 Colors of spray paint
  • 6x1 ½ piece of cardboard
  • Large plate
  • Astroturf rug 6x8

    For the Plinko board:
  • Pegboard
  • Wood glue
  • Molding
  • Adhesive letters
  • Labels
  • Chopsticks
  • 4 colored round disks


Get Started:

  1. With the marker draw an outline using your plate as a pattern to create 4 circles in an evenly spaced row down your cardboard.
  2. Using box cutters cut along the marker lines leaving a row of hollowed out circles.
  3. Place the pattern on top of the Astroturf rug and spray paint each hollowed out circle a different color.
  4. Reposition the cardboard pattern to create the next row of circles and using the spray paint repeat the same color order. Repeat 3 more times creating five rows of circles.
  5. Using the molding create a frame around three sides of the pegboard, secure with wood glue.
  6. On the unframed side of the pegboard spell the word twister with the adhesive letters.
  7. Create four labels: 1. Foot print and the letter “R” 2. Foot print and the letter “L” 3. Hand print and the letter “R” 4. Hand print and the letter “L”.
  8. Place chopsticks alternating positions throughout the pegboard so that the disks can fall through them.


Hints and Clues:

For our disks we spray painted cardboard ornaments. Also you can use a hat or a basket to pick out colored chips, for ours we used an old paint can with a piece of vinyl over the top.




Mini-Golf

Tools:

  • Awl
  • Glue gun

Materials:

  • Aluminum Drywall studs
  • Silver bucket
  • Assorted silver building materials
  • Assorted Pieces of raw wood
  • Assorted Rocks
  • Wire
  • 4 Green leafs with a long sturdy stem
  • Hula-hoop
  • Various artificial greenery
  • Rope netting
  • Adhesive numbers


Get Started:

  1. Line up your aluminum gutters 3 feet apart to create your golf fairways.
  2. To make your obstacles combine various wood and silver building materials in a challenging fashion down your fairways.
  3. Examples:
    • Using three pieces of wood create a bridge for the ball to have to go under.
    • Stack wood to create a tower for the ball to have to go around.
    • Create an L shape using silver tubing and secure it in place by piling rocks up and around it so that balls have to travel through it like a tunnel.
    • Cut a hula-hoop in half and push each of the four ends into the grass creating two semi circles. Next attach various pieces of droopy greenery with wire to the hoops to hit the ball through.
    • Toss rope netting into a pile for a sand trap.
    • Secure a long silver tube from the ground to the top of the bucket for the ball to go up and drop into.

    For the Holes:
  1. Place a wide mouthed silver vent at one end of the each lane.
  2. With an awl poke a hole through the top and push the end of a long green leaf through, secure with hot glue.
  3. Attach an adhesive number to the leaf.



Squirt Gun Race

Materials:

    For the Targets:
  • 4-6 various-sized candlestick holders
  • 4-6 whiffle balls
  • Squirt gun

    For the Finish Line:
  • 2 Styrofoam cones
  • Spray adhesive
  • Moss
  • 2 clay pots
  • 1 twig
  • 6 manilla tags
  • 6 clips with hooks
  • Adhesive letters


Get Started:

    For the Targets:
  1. Place candlesticks in a row at one end of the table and set the whiffle balls on top of the candlesticks.

    For the Finish Line:
  1. Use spray adhesive to cover the Styrofoam cones with moss. Then put the cones in the clay pots and place one pot on either side of the table on the opposite end of the targets. Connect the cones by pushing each end of the twig about a quarter of the way down each cone.
  2. Stick the adhesive letters to the cardstock tags to spell the word “Finish.” Attach the clips to the stick and then hang the letters from the hooks.


Hints and Clues:

For shorter prep time just use the table edge as the finish line or use a strip of brightly colored tape.




Skewer Kurplunk

Tools:

  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors

Materials:

  • Wooden planter
  • Galvanized tub, filled with water
  • Wire Mesh
  • Zip ties
  • Long wooden skewers
  • Water balloons, filled


Get Started:

  1. Use the wire cutters to cut the wire mesh long enough to fit as a cylinder inside the galvanized tub. Secure the ends of the wire mesh together with zip ties. Place the tub on top of the wooden planter, then stand the cylinder up inside the tub.
  2. Place the skewers through the wire mesh to form a base of sticks near the top of the cylinder.
  3. Place the water balloons on top of the sticks.


Hints and Clues:

  1. We used BBQ skewers for making s’mores, but you can also use branches.
  2. To make it more fun, we spray painted the tips of the skewers with various colors then we put crayons that matched the spray paint into a can for players to draw out which color skewer to remove.



Apple Bobbing

Materials:

  • Apples
  • Tub, filled with water
  • Handcuffs
  • Goggles
  • Long serving tray
  • Caramel sauce, or other wet topping
  • Toffee bits, or other dry topping


Get Started:

  1. Put the apples in the water and have players wear the goggles and handcuffs as they bob.
  2. Spoon the caramel sauce on half the length of the tray and the toffee bits on the other half to create a runway for rolling the apples.



Donut Eating Duel

Materials:

  • 4x4 piece of wood
  • 2 garden bricks
  • 2 long pieces of ribbon
  • 2 S-hook
  • 2 eye patches
  • Donuts


Get Started:

  1. Place each end of the 4x4 on top of the bricks to raise it off the ground to create a balance beam.
  2. Tie one end of each ribbon to an S-hook and throw them over a branch of a tree so that they hang above the beam.
  3. Hook donuts onto the S-hooks and use the other end of the ribbons to adjust the length for varying heights of the players.


Hints and Clues:

    For various age levels, modify the challenge elements:
  1. Level 1 (over 10 years old): Must use the balance beam and wear the eye patch.
  2. Level 2 (5-10 years old): Only use the balance beam.
  3. Level 3 (under 5 years old): Just get one bite of the donut without other props.