The Best Backyard Games for Kids

Here we share the best backyard games for kids to help parents facing quarantine to keep their kids entertained at home. Have fun!

Best Backyard games for kids

The last time I had to keep my daughter quarantined was when she two years old and contracted hand, foot & mouth. We had to be keep her out of pre-school for 2 weeks and avoid her socialising with anyone.

We were living in an apartment at the time and it was tough to keep her entertained constantly. Then a friend lent me a water play table and my life suddenly became a lot easier. She spent hours playing with that thing!

Fast forward 7 years to 2020 and we are suddenly facing another quarantine situation. Thankfully now we have a back yard rather than a balcony and the kids are older so there are more things they can play with.

So I have been researching to find some of the best yard games for kids to keep them entertained over the coming weeks and months.

I have tried to include games to suit all ages, from toddler backyard games to those suitable for teens and adults.

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Stomp Rocket

My first pick of backyard toys for kids is the stomp rocket. My kid have had hours of fun playing with this. Take it to the beach or park or just play with it in the back yard.

The Original Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket Launcher (Dueling Rockets)

Just beware the rockets can go really high and can easily end up on the roof or in the neighbour’s yard!

Click here to check prices for and buy a stomp rocket.

Paddling Pool

Don’t have a swimming pool to keep the kids entertained? A good old fashioned paddling pool is still a great substitute, especially on hot days.

Garden Round Inflatable Baby Swimming Pool, Portable Inflatable Child/Children Little Pump Pool,Kiddie Paddling Pool Indoor&Outdoor Toddler Water Game Play Center for Kids/Girl/Boy

Younger kids will just be happy splashing around, while older kids can make up an array of fun summer yard games to play in it.

Click here to check prices for and buy a paddling pool

Spike Ball

Spike ball is not a cheap outdoor game, but it is worth the investment as it is one of the most fun yard games out there, and the kids will love it.

Spikeball Game Set (3 Ball Kit) - Game for The Backyard, Beach, Park, Indoors

Kind of like a cross between handball and volleyball, this game is seriously addictive, is great for hand eye co-ordination and fitness and most importantly will keep the kid entertained for hours.

Click here to check prices and buy Spike Ball

Swing Ball

Swing ball is one of the most popular backyard kid games. It is always a hit and your kids can continue to practise their tennis swing, even when lessons are cancelled.

Champion Sports TTGAME Tetherball Tennis: Swingball Outdoor Lawn Game for Kids, Adults, and Families - Backyard Tether Kit with Tennis Ball and Paddle Set

You don’t need a lot of space for this fun backyard tennis game and it is great for kids’ hand eye co-ordination.

Click here to check prices for a buy swing ball

Bubble Machine

One of the best backyard toys for toddlers, a bubble machine will have them chasing bubbles to their heart’s content and save you from having to blow them all!

Bubble Machine Durable Automatic Bubble Blower, 4800+ Bubbles Per Minute Bubbles for Kids Toddlers Bubble Maker Operated by Plugin or Batteries Bubble Toys for Indoor Outdoor Birthday Party

They come in a range of cute designs. Just don’t forget to order extra bubble mixture.

Click here to check prices for and buy a bubble machine

Skipping Rope

A great option for a cheap activity in the backyard for kids. Skipping ropes will help with kids agility and fitness as well as being a lot of fun.

Jump Rope for Kids – Adjustable Soft Skipping Rope with Skin-Friendly Foam Handles for Kids, Boys, Girls, Children – Outdoor Fun Activity, Great Party Favor, Exercise Activity & Fitness – Pink & Green

Come up with challenges, learn some skipping games… and parents can use it to get fit too!

Click here to check prices and buy a skipping rope.

Elastic Jump Rope

This is another great option for cheap backyard fun games. I spent hours playing this as a kid and I’ve recently introduced it to my kids too.

Chinese Jump Rope (1 Pack) Elastic Ankle Jumping Rope Game for Kids & Adults | Colorful Stretch Skip Rope for Kids Boys & Girls Toys. Party Favor Stocking Stuffer. F-733-1

Great for fitness and fun – you can even play alone by attaching it to chairs or other objects.

Click here to check prices and buy an elastic jump rope.

Quoits or Ring Toss

Good old fashioned fun! This outdoor throwing game has kept generations of kids entertained.

Triumph Premium Wooden Quoit Set - Includes 2 Targets and 6 Sisal Rope Rings

This backyard family game is great for kids of all ages and you can introduce handicaps so that younger and older kids can play together. It can also be brought indoors on rainy days.

Click here to check prices and buy a Ring Toss game.


Similar to ring toss, and just as much fun. Who can get the beanbag into the hole? We have played this fun backyard game with both kids and adults and everybody loves it.

GoSports Classic Cornhole Set with Rustic Wood Finish | Includes 8 Bags, Carry Case and Rules, Steel , 3 x 2 feet

Like Ring Toss, you can easily handicap this game to make it even for players of all ages and ability. 

Click here to check prices and buy Cornhole.

Downball or Handball

Downball or handball is all the craze at my kids’ primary school. It’s a great game for hand-eye co-ordination and lots of fun too.

Sporting Goods A-1 Official Red-Pro Handballs

Use pavement chalk (see below) or tape to mark out a downball court on your patio or balcony without damaging it.

Click here to check prices and buy a handball.


If you have the space and money then a trampoline is the ultimate for backyard fun for kids. Do your research before you buy one to ensure you get one that is not only safe for your kids but that will last as they grow up. Don’t just opt for the cheapest one!

CalmMax Trampoline 12FT Jump Recreational Trampolines with Enclosure Net - ASTM Approved - Combo Bounce Outdoor Trampoline for Kids Family Happy Time

Make sure you measure up your yard properly to ensure you get the right size. You can also get fun accessories for trampolines like basketball hoops to add to the fun.

Click here to check prices and buy a trampoline.

Sidewalk Chalk

Let the kid get creative and decorate your outdoor space without the worry of permanently defacing your property!

Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk, Jumbo Chalk, Non-Toxic, Washable, Art Set (20-Count)

Set creative drawing challenges, play DIY outdoor games like tic, tac toe or hopscotch, or just let the kids imaginations run wild.

Click here to check prices and buy sidewalk chalk.


Badiminton is another great outdoor backyard game for for hand-eye co-ordination. You will need a fairly large outdoor space to use the net properly, but even without it kids can practise hitting the shuttlecock to one another.

Franklin Sports Badminton Set - Beach + Backyard Badminton Net + Poles - 4 Player Rackets + 2 Birdies Included - Portable Set with Carry Case - Starter

Look for a portable badminton set so you can also take it to the beach or park for get togethers with friends.

Click here to check prices and buy a badminton set.

Bocce Ball

Bocce, bocci, boules, petanque, bowls… whatever you want to call it, it’s a lot of fun and is one of the best lawn games for kids and adults alike.

GoSports 90mm Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Balls, Pallino, Case and Measuring Rope | Choose Hard Resin Balls or Soft Rubber Balls

Easy to play in the backyard on the lawn or take it with you to the beach or park. 

Click here to check prices and buy a bocce ball set.

Water Table

A water table is a great outdoor activity for toddlers. They will spend hours tipping water in and out of containers and having fun getting wet.

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set

Plus it’s way easier to clean up than painting!

Click here to check prices and buy a water table

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1 thought on “The Best Backyard Games for Kids”

  1. Glad to see you put cornhole on the list! It’s a great family-friendly activity that we often did when we lived in Kentucky.


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