10 Easy DIY Backyard Games

Lawn Chess
If you find you really love lawn chess, you might find yourself thinking about a permanent installation. ©iStockphoto.com/DigiStu

Chess is played on a 64-square board where the squares alternate in color. Each player begins with 16 pieces: Pawns are the most common -- there are eight, followed by two bishops, two knights, two rooks, one queen and one king. A game of giant lawn chess is played just the same as any other game of chess: Two opponents play until one player checkmates the other player's king (which means the king has no further options for escape, and without moves the game ends).

Outdoor chess boards can be mowed into your lawn, or could be created with wooden or stone tiles. Sets with interlocking teak or plastic board pieces and markers are also available for patio-friendly games.