Bigger, Better Backyard Games

Bigger, Better Backyard Games

Bring some life back into your party with these fresh backyard game ideas

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of warm summer evenings to go out and enjoy before winter sets in. Making the most of your backyard or outdoor space can improve any gathering or party!

Speaking of the MOST… giant backyard games have made their debut into the game realm over the last couple years and is only continuing to expand. Why just play the same games you’ve played a million times, inside, when you can play the same game but bigger, better and outside? Larger gaming pieces and gaming areas create a new set of challenges not previously introduced by our childhood classics and can offer a memorable experience for all.

If you have a competitive nature like me, you’re all about competing with family and friends. Utilizing your outdoor space by playing games can bring people together and create lasting memories and friendships (or feuds…).

There are many games you can create for cheap or purchase at a low cost that can be used year after year and even be the start of some awesome family traditions. I will share with you some ultra-fun backyard games and even help you store them away neatly for the winter!


Jenga is always a crowd pleaser. Everyone knows how to play; the rules are simple, and it doesn’t take an insane level of skill. This childhood favorite has turned a new corner over the last few years, with the creation of giant Jenga. These have been showing up at bars and restaurants all over the country – and now it can make its way into your backyard! What can be a challenge, especially if you’re making your own personalized set at home, is knowing where and how to keep all the pieces together to be sure you’re not missing anything when you pull it out first thing the following summer. There’s nothing worse than preparing to whoop your in-laws’ butts in some Jenga, and realizing you’re a piece or two short! The following mDesign item is ideal for storing your giant Jenga game in your garage or basement.

Metal Garage and Home Storage Organizer Basket Metal Garage/Home Storage Organizer Basket

These are durable, sturdy and attractive for any garage/basement shelf. You can see the contents inside it’s easily accessible when the gaming mood strikes! They are more than strong enough to hold your Jenga pieces and add a touch of style to your home.

Tic Tac Toe

We’ve all played tic tac toe growing up and as we get older, we realize it’s nearly impossible to end the game in anything but a draw. Basically – the complexity of the game is a bit… lacking. So why not bring this classic game back to life, but put a fun spin on it? Frisbee tic tac toe! How is this possible, you might ask? Well, all you need is a bed sheet/blanket/tablecloth and a few frisbees. Lay the cloth down on the ground flat. With painters’ tape, make the lines for the tic tac toe board squares. Stand back a few feet, and with a flick of the wrist and some finesse, you and your friends or family can have fun trying to direct your frisbee into the proper squares to win the game!

When you’re finished playing, you can fold that sheet up and organize the frisbees using a couple mDesign bins to store them altogether for easy organization and access in the future:

Plastic Home Storage Organizer Bin for Furniture Cubby Storage Plastic Home Storage Organizer Bin

If you’re looking for a more concealed look than the clear plastic or wire bins, this is a great alternative. It will fit your tic tac toe board and frisbees with ease. We also offer a variety of colors to match your home’s color scheme.


One backyard game you don’t see as often, that requires a level of strategy and a decent vocabulary, is giant Scrabble! If you have the yard space and the time, this could be quite an extravagant and memorable game. Creating the letter pieces is simple – paint or draw the letters out on square pieces of cardboard, cut to the size of your choosing, and voila! You have yourself your very own giant Scrabble game.

The large letter squares may take up quite a bit of space after the game has finished if you don’t store them correctly. To avoid taking up unnecessary garage, basement or attic space, consider using one of the following mDesign options to keep your game in perfect playing condition all year long:

Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bin Closet Organizer Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bin Organizer

These bins are square-sized, which will fit your letter pieces just right. They are stylish and attractive. The cube bins collapse flat when you are finished with them or between uses.
Fabric Storage Organizer Bin Box with Lid Fabric Storage Organizer Bin Box with Lid

As with the above option, the square size makes these ideal for storing your Scrabble letters, while also allowing a quick view through the front window of the bin as your skimming through your garage goodies. These bins have a lid for added protection that also offers the ability to stack many bins to utilize even more of your space.

Whether it’s giant Jenga, tic tac toe or Scrabble, turn any backyard picnic or party into a new family tradition and memorable experience with your friends. You will undoubtedly be the talk of the town and inspire others to follow suit. With your unique spin on some classic games while also including an original backyard favorite or two, you’ll be the hostess with the mostest! Anyone can have an outdoor party with volleyball, ladder ball or horseshoes. Bring something new to the party – and to your home – with a fun way to organize your game pieces and an even more fun way to play them!

Shaylee Dillen is a SEO Content Assistant at mDesign
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Posted: Oct 14, 2019