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Easy Back Yard Games for Kids that Won't Break the Bank

Updated on November 12, 2015

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5 Easy Back Yard Games for Kids that Won't Break the Bank

Here are 5 easy back yard Games for kids that won't break the bank brings back the fun of youth for everyone plus many other easy back yard game suggestions making a total of 38 ideas to keep 'em busy!

Who says you need expensive equipment to enjoy yourself. While it is lovely to have both adults and children can have fun without it.

These are old favorites that were played before the invention of computer games at a time when many people had little to spend on pools and fancy toys. Children entertained themselves with very little. Some children will still enjoy the adventure of self discovery even today while sadly many have lost that joy.

Kids Love to Play in The Yard or Outside it

Kids love to play out in the yard and it gets them away from the computer, teaches them how to interact with friends and gives them social skills.

Games don't have to break the bank and can keep the kids occupied for hours of fun.

They get fresh air and exercise without realizing it.

When we were kids we were free to roam (within reason). Somehow parents always knew where we were. We played in fields or made camp in the woods.

Often we would create elaborate roadways in the dust for small cars.

Bikes were our form of transport. We would ride over bumpy old rods or through long grassed fields. I feel these days the kids miss out.

1. Kite Flying


Kite flying has a slightly higher outlay than some of the things on this lens but once you have it it is great value for money and will pay for itself in hours of fun very quickly.

As you can see in this lovely photo by Zhetta kids just love it.

Seeing the kite swoop and dive and feeling it tug at your hands can be an accelerating experience. There are a lot of great designs on the market to suit all tastes.

2. Cities of Marbles


Marbles are more than just a game they are an adventure in imagination. Marbles can be anything and everything. Marbles can be used in the traditional way as a game or you kids can create worlds with them. Make certain there are different colours as these stand for knights or maids or even a super hero. Marble fortresses with armies hiding in grass or sand stand against your foe. Yes marbles another timeless classic that kids have loved for generations.

3. Blowing Bubbles


There is something timeless about blowing bubbles. We did it and 20 years later it is still in fashion and doesn't have to cost the earth.

4. Water Balloons

Anything with water usually goes down well with kids and water balloons are no exception. These can be played with "wild" for example they just get thrown to each other or you can catch them in a blanket.

Afterwards there is a game called water balloon clean up which is a fun way to get your kids to clean up the mess! This should be the final game of the day. See the below list for instructions.

Remember to make sure that your water balloon games are aimed at the right age and make them as safe as possible for your kids. Below is a link to some safety tips for water balloon games.

Water Balloon photo by by bruna camargo

5. Voice Games Cost Nothing and are Great Fun

Photo by tiwewxke

Voice Games

These are several smaller games grouped together because often they are played together. These cost nothing and are great fun. Your kids will love it because they are getting what they really want and need - your time and attention.

  1. What time is it Mr Wolf (Mr Fox for the USA)

    See Video below for full instructions on how to play this game.

  2. Simon Says

    See Video below for full instructions on how to play this game.

  3. White Washed Wall
  4. Ring a Ring a Roses

    This game originates as far back as the black death when people died with horrible marks on their skin. The falling down being death, of course these days it is just played for fun.

    Everyone stand in a circle and walks around saying A ring a ring a roses a pocket full of poses A tissue, a tissue we all fall down - everyone falls down

How to Play What Time is it Mr Wolf

Instructions on how to play what time is it Mr Wolf

Simon Says Video

The video includes simple instructions for how to play Simon Says. This game is simple in design yet can be fun and challenging to play. An old favorite that is timeless.

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Which of these games would (or do) you play with your kids?

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Great ideas for Easy Back Yard Games for Kids that Won't Break the Bank. ~~Blessed~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the water balloons and kite flying and they really do not bite the wallet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I loved playing marbles when I was a child.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, we play all sorts of games when the family come home for holidays or special occasions in our back yard. Thanks of sharing.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      All great games for kids in the back yard. Very nice and interesting lens. Great job!!