The long Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer (at least mentally!) for most of us. This year will likely be a little different from how we would typically spend the long weekend (no neighborhood BBQ or pool party for us this year) — but it’s still a great time to have some serious backyard fun! With that in mind, we created a list of our favorite outdoor games to play, crafts to make, and foods to eat outdoors. All of these projects can be created using simple materials and ingredients that you may already have at your house. We hope these projects make your Memorial Day even more memorable!
Flying Object Fun!
Make a bow and arrow! Create a target and hold an archery competition to see who can hit the bullseye. Experiment with different sizes of arrows to see how far, you can make them fly!
Learn more: DIY Bow and Arrow
Create your very own balloon powered rockets and see how far they can travel.
Experiment with different balloon shapes and sizes to experiment with the travel speed.
Learn more: Balloon Rockets
Learn about helicopters by making a rubber band powered flying toy! The two propellers on your rubber band helicopter are able to fly thanks to the same principles that keep real helicopters aloft. Make a couple of different versions to see which one lifts higher into the sky!
Learn more: Rubber Band Helicopter
Make a giant bubble wand and a bubble solution for giant bubbles using a few household ingredients! Take turns to see who can blow the biggest bubbles!
Learn more: Giant Bubble Wand
Little kids will have a blast with this bubble bottle. Add liquid food coloring to make a rainbow of colors!
Learn more: One-of-a-Kind Bubble Bottle
Games to Make and Play
Quoits (pronounced k(w)oit) is an old English game that involves throwing metal, rope or rubber rings. To make your own set, craft the rings using sticks (for a much safer version.) Then set up and play–whether you are at a lake, in the woods or in your own backyard.
Learn more: Stick Quoits
Cornhole is a game that has been around for years! The goal is to toss bags (orginally filled with corn kernels) into plywood holes (hence the name cornhole!) The game is more popular than ever, and world tournaments abound! It’s simple to make your own cornhole game using a cardboard box.
Learn more: Cornhole Game
This bean bag game is easy to assemble–you’ll be having fun in minutes! Children can help make bean bags; paper plates make great targets!
Learn more: DIY Bean Bag Toss
Design, paint, and create your own game of ring toss! This easy-to-make afternoon activity provides hours of fun–both indoors and outdoors!
Learn more: Paper Plate Ring Toss
Outdoor Arts and Crafts
Get ready for Memorial Day weekend with this banner of 3D stars. These DIY stars are super simple; As you create each point, the 3D stars will come into form. You can experiment with different layers, sizes, and shapes!
Learn more: Red, White, and Blue 3D Stars
These adorable mini piñatas are made from paper cones but you can also use party hats. If you don’t have glue, clear tape works just was well. Fill each mini pinata with candy or flower seeds! Then take turns swinging the stick to see who can break them open! (Flower-filled cones may lead to blooming results!)
Learn more: Mini Piñatas
Transform backyard rocks into bugs and other animals. This simple art project is fun for little kids!
Learn more: Painted Rocks
Cheer up your neighborhood with chalk art! Create paint with three simple ingredients, then draw, paint, and write welcoming wishes for all your neighbors to enjoy! (Need more inspiration – check out these amazing chalk paintings and learn the expert techniques of Tracy Lee Stum.)
Learn more: Chalk Art
Festive Picnic Food
Creamy ice cream made with just one ingredient. Yes, that’s right — just one ingredient, and no ice cream maker needed!
Learn more:Frozen Banana Ice Cream
Recreate the fun of summertime camping with mini fire pot s’mores! Nothing’s more convenient than roasting marshmallows using a simple terra cotta pot. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a summer night treat in your own backyard.
Learn more: Mini Fire Pot S’mores
As a healthy alternative to store-bought popsicles and ice cream, make your own fruit pops. Provide different berries and just for kids to make cool flavors!
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