• Jonathan Desai

Life-Size Lawn Games

Summer is in full swing, and with it comes the opportunity for you and your family to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the warm weather and a laid-back atmosphere. Why not make the most of your family time by trying one of these life-size versions of classic board games?

Giant Yahtzee®


  • Five 3½ inch x 3½ inch wooden cubes

  • Black and white indoor/outdoor paint

  • ¾ inch Spouncers™ (circle foam brushes or dabbers)

  • Clear spray sealer

  • Aluminum bucket


  1. Start by gathering all of your supplies. Check a hobby or art supplies store for wooden cubes that can serve as dice.

  2. Paint your cubes with the white paint. Allow to dry.

  3. Using the Spouncers, paint black dots on each side of the cube to make the pips. Make sure your sides are numbered from one through six.

  4. Once the paint dries, spray your cubes with the clear spray sealer.

  5. Place your cubes in the bucket until you are ready to play, following the standard rules of Yahtzee®.

Jumbo Jenga®


  • 54 feet of 2’ × 4’s (use ones that are relatively straight)

  • Measuring tape and pencil

  • Saw (chop saw, skill saw, or hand saw)

  • Sanding block and 100 or 120 grit sandpaper

  • Damp cloth

  • Stain of your choosing

  • Rags

  • Finishing paste


  1. Mark your 2x4s just over 10 ½ inches.

  2. Cut the pieces of wood, and sand. Once they’re all sanded wipe down with a damp cloth.

  3. Stain your Jenga pieces with a stain of your choice.

  4. Once the stain has dried, apply finishing paste.

  5. To play, follow the traditional rules of Jenga®.

Super Speed Scrabble®


  • 34 feet of 1x4 boards

  • Chop saw or miter saw

  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil

  • Sanding block and 100 or 120 grit sandpaper

  • Damp cloth Black indoor/outdoor paint

  • Small flat paintbrush

  • Clear spray sealant


  1. Mark and cut your wood into 3 ¾ inch pieces. This will give you approximately 100 square tiles.

  2. Once your pieces have been cut, begin sanding on all sides. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

  3. Using the small paintbrush, paint your letters on each piece with black paint. Use our downloadable letter diagram to make sure you have the right amount of pieces for each letter.

  4. Once the paint is dry, seal with a clear spray sealant.

  5. To play, follow the traditional rules of Scrabble®—using your lawn as the board.

Life-Size Checkers


  • 24 frisbees

  • Red spray paint

  • Black spray paint

  • 12’-by-12’ light colored outdoor rug

  • Painters tape

  • Tape measure


  1. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your frisbees—12 red and 12 black. Once the paint has dried, add a second coat, if necessary.

  2. Roll out your rug and measure all of your squares. Each square should be 18”x18”.

  3. Spray paint every other square black. Allow to dry. Tip: when you are ready to spray paint your black squares, use trash bags to cover the squares you don’t want black. This will protect them from getting any spray paint on them.

  4. Follow the traditional rules of checkers to play.

Courtesy of Reminder Media, American Lifestyle

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