Backyard Fun: A Piece of Wood

My dad is a builder. There was always wood around when I was a child and I loved that. Great for make-shift cubby houses and other fun in the backyard.

At places like Bunnings, you can buy cut pieces of wood for craft projects (starting from about $5). A few pieces of wood in the back yard has proven to be great fun for my kids. They can set up their own obstacle courses, play games (like Pirates!) or simply do balance games. Just a simple idea.

Backyard Fun: Walk the Plank (all you need is a piece of wood

Backyard Fun: Walk the Plank (all you need is a piece of wood

Idea: paint or decorate the wood with paint or permanent marker for fun.


Wood Roads

Backyard Games: Elastics

backyard games -- elastics

Blast from the past! I remember playing elastics with my sisters when I was in primary school and I loved introducing my own girls to the game.

What you need

Approximately 4 metres of thick elastic (at least 1.5 cm)

Three people (or use a chairs in the place of a person if needed)

elastics game


The idea is to jump over different parts of the elastics (and sometimes on) in time to a riddle.  Then increase the height of the elastic with each successful jump, from the ankles, to the the knees, and then waist, and even higher!  There are many different riddles you can jump to, and you can find more ideas here: Elastic Game Riddles. The one I remember doing with my sisters is this:

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales (1, 2, 1, 2)

Inside, Outside, Inside, Out

And so that is the one I taught to my girls. They loved it!


elastics game


backyard games -- elastics


backyard games -- elastics


Backyard Obstacle Course

Backyard Games and Disney Tangled Giveaway

Sponsored by Nuffnang

How long has it been since your family played backyard or board games?  It’s been far too long since I organised a fun day of games for the kids.  Now that school holidays are here, my children are bugging asking me to organise play dates with their cousins.  And what is better to do with cousins than boy verses girl rivalry games?

Note: Disney Tangled Family Movie Ticket Giveaway details are at the end of the post.

backyard party games

I’ve detailed the four games the kids played below.  They are easy to prepare and fun to play.

Cotton Wool Race

backyard party games cotton ball race

Materials: Cotton wool balls, straws

How to play:  Position two children at one end of a table. Give each child a cotton wool ball and a straw.   The object of the game is for the children to blow the cotton wool ball to the end of the table using the straw.  The cotton ball that reaches the end of the table first wins!  If the cotton wool ball falls off the side of the table, the player must pick the ball off the ground and start at the beginning.

Age: 2+

Who won: Girls

Balloon High

Backyard party games balloon game

Materials: Balloons

How to play: The object of the game is to keep the balloon off the ground.  No holding.  If the balloon hits the ground, that person is out.

Age: 4+

Who won: Boys

Trampoline Poison ball

backyard party games poision ball

Materials: Soft ball, trampoline (or play it on the ground)

How to play: Divide children into two teams.  The object of the game is for the team on the outside of the circle to roll the ball and hit the feet of the children on the inside of the circle.

Age: 5+

Who won: Boys

Clip Art Snap/Memory Game

board games party games snap memory

Materials:  Make your own clip art cards or print my template here: Clip Art Snap/Memory Game.  Use thick paper so the image does not transfer through the paper.

How to play

Memory: Shuffle the cards and lay them down in neat rows. A player turns over any two cards to see if they match. If they match, the player keeps the cards and turns over two more cards.  This play continues until the two cards don’t match.  If they do not match, the player turns the cards face down again in the same location and the next player takes their turn.  The winner is the one who has the most cards at the end of the game.

Snap: Place the cards face down in a pile.  Create a new pile by turning over one card the right way up.  Taking turns, each player draws a card from the turned-down pile and places it on the other pile.  If the card is matching, the player who says “snap” first wins the cards in that pile.  The winner is the one with the most cards at the end.

Age: 3+

Who won: Girls

Boy vs Girls

Who won? It was two apiece.  The boys dominated the outside games and the girls ruled the concentration games.  Interesting.  Most of all, the children had an absolute ball!


Want to see a classic boy verses girl movie? This is it.

 disney tangled movie 2010

Walt Disney Pictures presents Tangled, an action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair. A princess stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, Rapunzel (voice of MANDY MOORE) is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit (voice of ZACHARY LEVI). With the secret of her royal heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and her cohort find adventure, heart, humour, and hair… lots of hair. With original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, this comedic re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale comes to theatres in Disney Digital 3D™.  

Watch the trailer


Tangled Release date: 6 January 2011


I’m excited to be able to give away two family passes (x4 tickets) to see Tangled.  For your chance to win, write a comment in the space below about a favourite team game your family likes to play.

Competition open to Australian residents only and will run from Tuesday December 21 to Sunday 9th January 2011.

Please read the full Terms and conditions.

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Want to win $500? Take part in the Nuffnang Tangled contest. Click here for all the details.

The summer holidays are here!  It’s the perfect time to play family backyard and board games or see a family movie together.

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