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10 DIY Outdoor Games to Make with Rocks

by Jean Van't Hul
May 20, 2014
10 DIY Outdoor Games to Make with Rocks

Are you beginning to make your summer bucket list yet? How about adding some DIY outdoor games to play in the backyard or when camping?

Kids love games…

Kids love rocks…

Combine the two and you have a winning combination!

Creative, inexpensive, and fun

Games don’t have to come in a box and they definitely don’t need to be battery operated to be enjoyable. In fact, the best games are sometimes the simplest. I think we all remember playing games outdoors as children with little more than simple natural materials, companions (siblings, friends, parents…), and our imaginations.

Here are 10 simple DIY outdoor games you can make yourself with stones found in your backyard. Perfect to make with the kids this summer!

 10 DIY Outdoor Games You Can Make with Rocks

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Garden Tic Tac Toe

1. DIY Tic Tac Toe with Rocks (on Thrive 360 Living)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Colorblock Dominoes

2. Painted Rock Dominoes (This was on Childcareland Blog, and although the link is no longer active you can use the image above for ideas on how to paint stripes on rocks that kids can match end to end.)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Sharpie Pen Dominoes

3. Quick Rock Dominoes with a Paint Pen (this was from Clever Thursday. Although the link is no longer active, you can see from the photo how to use a white paint pen on darker rocks to create your own set of natural dominoes.)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Checkers

4. DIY Outdoor Checkerboard (on DIY Del Ray)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Chess

5. DIY Outdoor Chess Game (on My Heart & My Home)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - A Nature Treasure Hunt

6. A Nature Treasure Hunt (on Red Ted Art)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Rock Toss

7. Rock Toss with Chalk Shapes (on Smile and Wave)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Tin Can Rock Toss

8. Tin Can Rock Toss (on Simple as That)

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - A Rock Memory Game

9. Make a simple rock memory game (on Spell Outloud). Or try this other version of a rock memory game (with free printable) on Handbook of Nature Study…

DIY Outdoor Games with Rocks - Rainbow Paver Hopscotch

10. I just had to include this rainbow hopscotch (on Happiness is Homemade) because it is so seriously awesome. But of course, you can also just draw a hopscotch with chalk then play with a pebble marker. Use pebbles from the backyard or make your own special melted crayon rock markers.

And if you’d like to have some more clever rock-related fun idea up your sleeve for indoor activities, check out these three posts:

Which games will you try this summer?

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