10 Amazing DIY Outdoor Projects for Kids

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By: Vicky Carroll
Published: February 28, 2016
Last Update: January 13, 2023

As the weather starts to warm up in the next couple of months, the arrival of spring will mark more opportunities to spend time outdoors. As you start to get your yards back to their very best, there are ways to get your kids involved in the process. Here are some DIY projects your kids are sure to love.

1. Rolling sandboxes

Kick your playground game up a notch by building the sandbox of your kids’ dreams. Simply build a traditional sandbox and then attach small casters to the bottom corners. The casters will make it easy to move and store. Plus, you can even sew a cover to the sandbox to protect it from bugs and the neighbor’s nosy cat. Rolling sandboxes

2. Outdoor climbing wall

If your house has a used outdoor wall in its backyard, let your little adventurer climb their own version of Mount Everest by attaching outdoor climbing grips to the wall. Make sure that you ensure the landing ground is soft by placing a mattress pad next to the wall. Outdoor climbing wall

3. Outdoor music station

Turn your child into a young Mozart by attaching various household items to a wooden board. Before you know it your child will be composing their personal symphony out of your old utensils and aluminum trays. Outdoor music station

4. Hammock

Transform simple drop cloths into a DIY hammock. Martha Stewart has some great tips on how you can build your own personal piece of paradise. You can even use a smaller drop cloth to make it kid-sized. Hammock

5. Life-sized backyard checkers or chess

This project is perfect for young and young-at-heart! If you have space in your backyard, build an interactive game of backyard checkers or chess. This will take your family board game night to another level. Life-sized backyard checkers or chess

6. Chalkboard wall

Transform part of your outdoor fence into a chalkboard to let your kids’ imagination go wild. Kidsomania has some great ideas on how to transform your backyard into your kids’ personal canvas. In addition to giving your kids a creative outlet, it will also help keep messes outdoors. Chalkboard wall

7. Build an outdoor pizza oven

While you may not want your kids to play with this, they will sure love the delicious perks associated with having your own pizza oven in the backyard! While it may sound like a daunting task, building a wood fired clay pizza oven is not as difficult as you might think. Here’s a fairly simple how-to from Instructables that most people can follow. Build an outdoor pizza oven

8. Build an outdoor movie theater

Forget the drive-in, create your own private movie theater your own backyard. While it may not be the cheapest DIY project, it is not difficult once you’ve purchased all the items. Momtastic has some great tips on how to create the perfect screening room under the stars. Build an outdoor movie theater

9. Tin can wind chime

Spray paint tin cans with bright paint and hang them all together with string. Here are some easy-to-follow instructions from A Girl and A Glue Gun. Tin can wind chime

10. Tire Swing

An oldie but a goodie, your kids will love to have a tire swing in your backyard. All you need is a recycled tire, some chain and a place to hang your swing. Just make sure that the area is safe and secure before building it. Tire Swing