Backyard Olympic Party Games

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Let the games begin! The countdown is on to the Summer Olympics! We have been watching the Olympic trials and have already picked our favorite must watch events! My son said that he wants to be in the Olympics, so he can have a gold medal. Who knows someday that might happen, but until then, we have some super fun Backyard Olympic Party Games that you can set up to play this summer!

Fun and easy DIY Olympic Party Games you can set up in your backyard!

Backyard Olympic Party Games

Last month I threw a big Olympic Party for my nieces and nephews. The kids had a blast learning about the Olympics and talking about which country was their favorite! Of course, I had to have some games for our little “athletes.” Since I had about 20 kids at the party ranging in age from 3-13, I wanted to offer games everyone could participate in. After much thought (to be honest, way too much thought!) I found 3 games that were perfect for all ages!

Shaving Cream Cheese Puff Toss

This was by far the most entertaining game to watch! The rules are quite simple! And the best part is, it will cost you under $10!

You Will Need:

  • Shaving Cream
  • Plastic Shower caps
  • Cheese Puffs
  • Timer


First, hand out plastic shower caps to each child participating. Next, make your way around spraying shaving cream on each cap. Lather the shaving cream around the cap so it is pretty much all covered. The kids will pair off in teams (it is helpful if both kids are about the same height, if not, one kid can kneel down), and stand across from their teammate.

This is such a fun games!

Give each teammate 15 cheese puffs (you can choose your amount).  Finally, set the timer and watch the fun begin! Each side will have 60 seconds to throw cheese puffs onto their teammate’s head! The teammate can move their head to catch the cheese puffs, but can not touch them with their hands! At the end of the 60 seconds you will switch sides, and the second teammate will get to toss cheese puffs.


Who knew shaving cream and cheese puffs could make for such fun!

When both sides have gone, each team will count how many TOTAL cheese puffs they have on their caps! The one with the most cheese puffs will win!

Shaving cream for the win!

Holey Bucket:

This was the easiest game to put together. Not to mention, the most perfect game for a hot Summer day! There is nothing like a good, old-fashioned relay race with a twist.

You Will Need:

  • Two Large Buckets with holes drilled in them
  • Large bucket for each team (no holes)
  • Water

All you need is a bucket with some holes!

I divided the kids into two teams. Each team got a large bucket with holes drilled in it. I placed large buckets without holes on the other side of the lawn. The goal of the race is to fill the bucket with holes up with water and race down to dump it in your team bucket. The team that fills their team bucket the quickest, wins!

The fun twist was that because the bucket has holes in it, the water will spill out! The kids lost a decent amount of water on their run, and also got cooled off! They thought it was so funny to try to race before all the water ran out! If the kids were too small to carry the large bucket, the older kids stepped in and helped them!


Pool Noodle Hurdles

This game is the most true to the Olympic Games. It is clearly modeled after the Track and Field hurdles.

You Will Need:

  • Pool Noodles
  • Metal stakes or wood kabob sticks

To set up the race, first decide how long you want your hurdle run to be. We had a large space, so we decided to give the kids A LOT of hurdles to run. After all, the more energy you can burn off, the better! To set the hurdles up, simply bend them into a rainbow shape and stick a wooden stake in the ground. Fit the tube portion over the stake, and repeat on the other side!

Pool noodles transform in to the perfect hurdle!

To play, split the kids into two equal teams and then time them as the jump the “hurdles.” Some of our kids were too little to totally clear the hurdles, so we allowed them to craw under if they wanted!

Hurdles are a great way to burn off some extra energy!


The kids had the best time playing all the backyard Olympic party games! There were elements of getting messy and dirty which made for a fun time. After all the fun the kids cooled off in the pool and ate some delicious Olympic-inspired treats like our Gold Medal Cookies!

3 backyard Olympic party games that are easy to set up! Great summer activities to help kids catch the Olympic spirit.

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.