DIY Games

When video games are played out, these do-it-yourself games will keep the fun going


Water Balloon Target Practice

Looking for an easy way to cool off on the hot summer days ahead? Run to the dollar store and grab some chalk and water balloons to practice hitting a target!

Materials:

  • Chalk, Cans, Bottles, Cups, Hula Hoops, etc.
  • Water Balloons
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Use chalk to draw a large target on the sidewalk or driveway (do not draw targets in the road or high traffic areas), or draw several smaller targets for more of a challenge.
  2. Fill water balloons with water. Begin with 15-20 balloons.
  3. Now it's time to aim! Try to hit the targets with your balloons.
  4. Optional: For more fun, try setting up cups, bottles or cans in a pyramid. Then try to knock the objects down with your balloons!

Paper Airplane Toss

Learn how to make a paper airplane and then challenge your aim during your own DIY paper airplane toss! All you need is paper, cardboard, and markers!

Materials:

  • Marker
  • White Computer Paper
  • Cardboard

Instructions:

  1. With a parent's help, cut out various size holes on a piece of cardboard (you may also use a large poster board or a plastic tablecloth). This will be your scoreboard.
  2. Label point values next to each hole. A larger hole will be less points than a smaller hole, which is more challenging to aim for.
  3. Optional: Decorate the cardboard. Use markers, wrapping paper, stickers, etc.
  4. Click here to watch a video on how to create a paper airplane. Create 3-4 airplanes, in case you want to play with a friend!
  5. Game on! Challenge yourself and others, by seeing who can score the most points. Aim your paper airplane towards each hole, and toss your plane in the attempt to score points by gliding it through the hole.

Paper Plate Ring Toss

Make an easy and fun DIY ring toss with a ruler and paper plates!

Supplies:

  • Ruler
  • Paper Plates (20)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: Crayons and Markers

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the centers of the paper plates.
  2. Glue two paper plates together (a single paper plate is too light on its own). With 20 paper plates, you will be able to make 10 rings.
  3. Divide the rings into two piles of 5. Color or decorate each pile with a matching pattern (Ex. Pile 1 is decorated with pink stars, and pile 2 is decorated with blue stars). This will help you know which player has which rings.
  4. Find a ruler and place it 2 inches deep into the ground. You may also use a stick.
  5. Play! Each player gets a set of 5 rings. Toss the rings onto the ruler. Each successful toss that rings the ruler equals a point. The first one to 10 wins!

Balloon Tennis

Balloon Tennis is a quick and easy DIY game to test your reflexes and get you on your feet! Whether you have two players or ten, this game can be played inside or outside.

Supplies:

  • Balloon
  • Paper Plates
  • Large Popsicle Sticks
  • Glue or Duct Tape
  • Optional: Markers

Instructions:

  1. Glue or duct tape the back of a paper plate to a wooden popsicle stick. This will be your ‘racquet’ - you will need one for each player!
  2. Optional: Decorate your racquet with markers to personalize it.
  3. Blow up a balloon and tie it.
  4. Hit the balloon back and forth with your opponents. Don’t let it touch the ground!

Laundry Basket Skee Ball

Bring the arcade games right to your living room with this simple DIY Skee Ball game! It’s simple to set up and sure to have you and your whole family active.

You will need:

  • Cardboard Box
  • Cereal Box
  • Masking/Duct Tape
  • 2 Baskets/Boxes/Plastic Bins
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Plastic Bins
  • 10+ Plastic Balls


Optional Supplies:

  1. Gather needed supplies
  2. Have a parent cut off the top and end of one side of your cardboard box.
  3. Take apart a cereal box and cut one edge, so the box lies flat.
  4. Use the masking tape to tape your cereal box in a curved, ramp-like position.
  5. On two seperate pieces of white paper, write the numbers ‘50’ and ‘100’ and place one on each of your plastic baskets. These baskets will be used to keep score of how many points you have.
  6. Line-up your baskets and place your cardboard ramp in the front.
  7. Take your plastic balls and roll them up the cardboard ramp and try to score into your plastic bins. Have a family member keep score!

Paper Towel Bowling

Use paper towel tubes as pins and a small foam or rubber ball to knock them down!

You will need:

  • Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Small Foam or Rubber Ball

Optional Supplies:

  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  1. You will need 10 paper towel or toilet paper tubes. It is okay to mix them.
  2. OPTIONAL: You may choose to decorate the pins with markers, paint, stickers, etc.
  3. Set the pins up in rows that form a triangle.
  4. Use a small rubber or foam ball to bowl! Play by yourself, challenge a friend or play against a family member.

Pictionary

Not an artist? No worries. This game is actually more fun if you can’t draw. Get ready for loads of laughter while your team tries to figure out what you are drawing! You can create your own game set with a white board or white sheets of paper and some fun words to draw written on small pieces of paper.

  1. Divide players into teams. If there are not enough players, it’s okay to play one-on-one with a parent or sibling!
  2. Cut a sheet of paper into small squares. On each square write an item. Examples: Banana, Dog, Strawberry, TV, Cereal, Ocean, etc.
  3. Fold each square in half and place into a bowl.
  4. Have one team member choose an item from the bowl. This member will begin to draw the item on their white board or a white sheet of paper.
  5. Their team will try to guess what they are drawing. They get a point if they guess correctly. Set a 15 or 30 second timer to make things more challenging. If playing one-on-one, have one person guess while the other draws and then swap!

Click HERE for a printable list of Pictionary word ideas.

Charades

You can never go wrong with a classic game like charades! Get the whole family involved or play one-on-one. Simply split into teams and then have one person from each team act out a movie, book or TV show to see who can guess the answer.

Click HERE for hints, rules, and a printable list of word ideas and blank templates to create your own!

Telephone

Gather your family and have some fun playing this game of confusion and laughter! The game of Telephone requires three or more players.

  1. Players start by forming a line
  2. The first person in line starts the game by whispering a silly sentence into the ear of the person sitting next to them. The longer the sentence, the more challenging the game will be!
  3. The second person in line will then whisper what they think they heard to the person standing next to them.
  4. This continues until the sentence gets to the last person. At that time, the person says out loud what they think they heard.
  5. You may find that what the last player in line heard is very different from the phrase said by the first player in line!
  6. Mix-up players and try again