5 DIY games for kids

Written by Gabrielle Meredith-Elsworth

Summer is finally here – and that means our need for 5 minute’s peace moves outside!

You blow up the paddling pool (manually because who knows where the b*&%$£ pump’s gone). Fill it by walking back and forth to the kitchen with buckets and a kettle to get the temperature just right. And then they spend 5 minutes in it!

Don’t worry – we’ve got 5 activities that shouldn’t get you too out of puff. They’re ideal for different ages too, so perfect for siblings and play dates.

While they’re busy, you can get in that paddling pool and imagine you’re in Ibiza (just ignore the amount of wee you’re probably bathing in!)

These games are also perfect for your nearest park or outdoor space.

1) Draw your own caterpillar hopscotch

Create the outline using chalks.

What you’ll need:  chalk, surface such as patio or concrete

What to do:

1. Draw a big circle with a face and antennae.
2. Ask your little one to draw a chain of different coloured circles after the face and number them.
3. Can your child hop or jump to each circle? How about jumping to specific numbers?

2) DIY 3 in a row

Use things around the garden to play this game of noughts or crosses.

What you’ll need: small stones, twigs, plus either sticks, string or chalk

What to do:

1. Ask your child to find 5 small stones and 5 twigs.
2. Make a grid with long sticks, string or chalk.
3. Choose who will be sticks and who will be stones. Who can get 3 in a row first?

3) Easy to make beanbag toss

No bean bags? Just use pairs of socks!

What you’ll need: bean bags or socks paired together, 5 paper plates, pens

What to do:

1. Write 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 on each paper plate and position outside.
2. Try to throw your bean bags or socks to land on the paper plates. Who can score the most points?

4) Craft a set of loo roll skittles

Keep kids busy making and playing this popular game.


What you’ll need: 6 toilet roll tubes, paint or something else to decorate with, ball

What to do:

1. Ask your little one to decorate the tubes either with paint or stickers. Leave to dry.
2. Arrange them in a triangle.
3. Take it in turns to try and knock them over with a ball.

 Picture note: Commission picture of make

5Treasure hunt: A game of hide and seek that gives you 5 minutes of peace and quiet

What you’ll need: pebbles, paint or glitter glue

What to do:

1. Ask your little one to paint some pebbles in different ways or use glitter glue to make them special super speedily!
2. Hide the pebbles around outside.
3. How quickly can they find them? Let them know if they’re hot or cold if they find some that are particularly tricky to uncover!