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10 Easy DIY Backyard Games


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Hopscotch
Hopscotch is easy to set up and play, is fun for all ages, and is an excellent balance workout. ©Steve Hix/Somos Images/Corbis
Hopscotch is easy to set up and play, is fun for all ages, and is an excellent balance workout. ©Steve Hix/Somos Images/Corbis

Hopscotch is a game of balance; the object is to be the first player to successfully hop from point A to point B -- and back again -- without hopping on any of the court lines or losing your balance.

Hopscotch can be played alone or with any size group of players, and all that's required is a small object such as a stone, coin or your keys to use as your marker (in some neighborhoods this object is known as a 'potsy'), and a simple court (drawn easily with chalk, or for a more permanent solution lay down stone tiles). While the longest hopscotch court measures in at 18,064 feet (5,506 meters), in your backyard you'll need a much smaller space: The court most Americans are familiar with is a 10-foot (3-meter) long by 3-foot (just shy of 1 meter) wide rectangle that's been divided into 10 sequentially numbered spaces [sources: Guinness World Records, SportsKnowHow].