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    Updated on Jun 24, 2020. Posted on Jun 22, 2020

    Just 21 Really Fun Things For Your Backyard

    I did the calculations and, yes, these things will add some excitement to your outdoor area.

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    1. A tie-dye kit so you can add some cheerful color to any of your boring white clothing or bedding. Backyard = your new art studio.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This is a one-step kit so no need to pre-soak your clothes in soda ash! Tip: Get some white cotton face masks and tie-dye 'em for a cool new look.

    Promising review: "This tie-dye kit is life! I didn’t realize I was going to get two kits so I had plenty of fun doing different dying projects! Like all DIY projects be careful — dye is permanent! Price is amazing considering I have seen just one kit for more than $20. Would recommend for a fun friend project! We all did different techniques and it even looked cool over vintage white tees. Very vibrant! Be sure to use 100% cotton." —Devyn

    Get a five color kit from Amazon for $15.52+ (available in five color schemes).

    2. A set of extendable s'mores sticks to make roasting marshmallows an easier-than-ever task.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These roasting sticks will get the job done. They retract easily and will be perfect for light use (roasting marshmallows) with our fire pit. Not extremely sturdy but not flimsy either. The metal points are not sharp which is a good thing if kids are handling them. I like the storage pouch it comes with too." —Sheri J. O

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $19.98.

    3. A unicorn or rocket ship sprinkler so everyone can cool off in the cutest way possible.

    amazon.com, Funboy

    Promising review (for unicorn): "We finally had a warm and sunny day and decided it would be the perfect opportunity to try out this super cute unicorn lawn sprinkler!! It's made out of a nice thick material so it seems much more durable than a different brand that we tried last year. We used our air mattress pump to inflate because it's quite large (you definitely want to use a pump to make it quick and easy). My favorite feature is the four lawn stakes so that it won’t blow away or fall over. The kids played in it all afternoon and loved it!!" —Tmac

    Get the unicorn from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in two sizes) or the rocket from Funboy for $69.

    4. A game of ladder toss complete with two ladders, six bolo balls, score trackers, and a carrying case.

    model slides the market on the score keeper on the ladder while two pairs of balls connected with string dangle on the rungs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My family has really enjoyed playing this game this summer. We are able to do it out on the deck and everything has held up really well. Fairly quick to put together and the carrying case it comes with is great." —LIz

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A fox or flamingo kite so dashing, it'll make all your neighbors jealous.

    Amazon

    Get the fox kit from Amazon for $13.99 or the flamingo kite from Target for $9.99.

    6. A watermelon ball that, as the name suggests, is filled with water instead of air. Its weight makes it ideal for intense games of keep-away.

    model swims underwater holding watermelon ball
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product seems so simple yet provides a lot of entertainment and activity. It doesn't quite float, doesn't quite sink, and can be slow-motion dribbled underwater. Adults and kids alike enjoy it but it was the biggest hit with my 17-year-old son and his friends. I find myself playing with it even when I'm alone in the pool and, because of its weight, it works pretty well for in or out of water arm workouts. It's sturdy, well-made and will definitely remain a fixture in our pool." —Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    7. A fun eco-friendly gardening kit so you can try your hand at making your own veggies right in your own backyard.

    kit shows bags of soil, biodegradable pots, leaves, seeds, a spray bottle, and markers
    HortikiPlants

    The set comes with seeds for kale, lettuce, and spinach. It also comes with three pots, thee water catchment trays, three plant markets, two bags of soil, and one glass mister.

    Get it from HortikiPlants on Etsy for $45.99.

    8. And a kid gardening kit so your little ones can join in on the fun. It even comes with a paint set so they can decorate their pots before planting.

    everything in the set
    KidsColoringCo

    The kit comes with four packets of seeds: cucumber, basil, tomatoes, and carrots. It also includes eight soil pellets, four liners, four terra-cotta pots, paint, two paint brushes, one stir stick, and instructions.

    Get it from KidsColoringCo on Etsy for $34.99.

    9. A floating volleyball net to add some competitive fun to the pool equation.

    models plays volleyball in pool with floating net
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a GREAT VALUE! It's super nice and very inexpensive. It truly won't hurt my feelings if I only get one summer of use out of it. It comes with bags to help anchor into place at the bottom of the pool. I used round and smooth landscape rocks to fill the bags. I was worried that this would be smaller than the photo, but it's large and a very nice size for a fun game of water volleyball." —KinDallas

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    10. A wacky waving inflatable tube man that stands at an impressive six feet and lets your neighbors know you have the best car deals in town.

    large yellow tube man set up outside
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $159 (available in six colors).

    11. A printable scavenger hunt list so you can keep the kids busy as they search high and low for ants, acorns, and other backyard treasures.

    paper with a grid with illustrations of various things to find, like bark, ant hill, worm, etc
    CraftivityDesigns

    This is a digital download so you need access to a printer.

    Get it from CraftivityDesigns on Etsy for $3.50.

    12. A shark mouth for sun-fearing folk who'd like a little shade out of their pool float of choice. It's also great for attacking your friends.

    Amazon, bigmouthinc.com

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in octopus or sloth).

    13. A game of Hookey, which is almost as fun as playing hooky (leaving school or work) but without any of the consequences (detention).

    circular wooden board with hooks and numbers. black rings hang from some of the hooks
    Amazon

    It comes with 12 rings and a large circular board with hooks to throw the rings on.

    Promising review: "Really nice product to say the least. Very nice quality and super fun to play. The board itself is much larger than I expected (almost the size of a wall clock). The rubber rings are a great size. Definitely impressed. I will be so glad to share this with my friends on Easter weekend. Thank you seller for such an awesome quality game." —Me915

    Get it from Amazon for $34.97.

    14. A rainbow parachute so you can recreate the most fun activity from your childhood: pretending you live in a little rainbow bubble with all your pals.

    review photo of adults throwing parachute in the air by handles, making it puff up
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was very happy with my 20-foot parachute! It’s large enough to use with many adults, and it held up well with multiple uses! The material is fairly thin, but it was never a problem, and made it to easy storage and transport! It comes with a small carrying bag that is about the same size as a small briefcase. Well worth the money." —CrazyBird

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes).

    15. A miniature picnic table that can be attached to the trunk of a tree and fitted with a small corn cob. Squirrels are coming over for dinner anyway — might as well provide seating.

    Amazon

    Get some squirrel corn here.

    Promising review: "This is such a cute concept, but also a well-made and great-proportioned product. There were several picnic tables for squirrels to choose from, and I’m so glad we chose this one! It’s beautiful, and the customer service is so friendly — they even sent us a hand-written thank you!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

    16. A gigantic game of Jenga so the stakes are (literally) higher.

    model plays with game which is on a table and a little over half their height
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I opened the package, looked at each piece and found no flaws, pulled on the pieces and played shortly, and packed it back. So far it’s great quality and plays well. For those complaining about the height, it starts at 2.5 feet and can build UP to 5 feet." —Ally

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95.

    17. Inflatable cup holders so everyone's drinks can join in on the pool fun.

    Amazon

    They comes in packs of three, except for the gator shape that comes with one.

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 17 shapes.)

    18. A steel cactus torch that'll make your late-night porch sessions look pretty sharp.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this torch. It looks good as just a piece of art in the yard. But it is a large tiki torch. And you can put a light inside it for different type of ambient lighting as it has holes in it. I'm going to get the bigger one too. Arrived on time without damage. Easy to put together. You will love the look of it if you like a southwest theme. Fits right in here where I live." —Brenda Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $279+.

    19. A set of massive bubble wands so you and your kids can create impressively ginormous bubbles.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    The set also comes with instructions on how to make the BIGGEST bubbles possible!

    Promising review: "The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular Super Miracle Bubbles bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles (Super Miracle Bubbles) and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference." —Lauri

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    20. A camping hammock with built-in netting to keep you protected from any bugs that wanna crash your slumber party.

    reviewer in hammock shows the mesh covering
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We don't have any trees in our yard but I had to try this out as soon as it came. I hooked it to my kids' swing set and ended up relaxing in it over an hour! It is so comfortable. We have so many mosquitoes in our yard and can barely go outside so the mosquito netting on this was amazing. I relaxed and played on my phone BUG FREE since I was perfectly protected. The material and the carabiners are very strong. This is really well-made." —SaraBear

    Get it from Amazon for $29.79.

    21. A set of solar-powered pineapple lights so your backyard paths stay lit in the most adorable way possible.

    amazon.com, Nella / amazon.com

    Promising review: "Highly recommended and I think it would make a nice gift to family and friends. The bulbs give off a beautiful warm glow, and make our patio look so pretty! They charge up quickly, even if the day is partly sunny, and the lights are on for several hours. On a sunny day, I've seen the lights up til 4 to 5 a.m." —Lizhi Lin

    Get two from Amazon for $28.99.

    I wish you luck taming your yard!

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