This post was originally seen on I Heart Naptime…
This yard game is simple to make with easy to find materials.
24-36 Bamboo yard stakes.
- you want the number of stakes to be dividable by the number of colors you want to have, plus 1 black stick. I had 4 colors with 8 sticks per color…32. Plus the black stick…33 stakes.
- wooden dowels also work, as do any variety of stakes. Be very sure that you don’t choose any variety with a pointy end…that would be quite dangerous to play!
Spray Paint in the color choices you wish. And a black.
- I chose to go with the traditional red, yellow, blue, and green. But, the options are open! Be sure to grab a black for your black stick!
Clear Spray Paint
-A coat of clear spray over your stakes will help the paint last much, much longer.
Yes, it really is that easy.
Paint your stakes different colors, seal with clear primer. How you choose to get paint on those stakes is up to you. I chose to push them in the ground and spray them. Then when they dry, flip them over and repeat. However, I would recommend not spray painting multiple colors on a windy day unless you want to look a bit like a Rembrandt painting. Okay, a LOT like a Rembrandt painting!
5 loofah showers later…
Here is the part where I show you multiple amazing live shots of my adorable family (minus the 15 year old daughter…her hair wasn’t “cute enough” for photo’s) and gorgeous yard. Well, I have 1 out of the 2 right. I need to work on that yard part a bit more. Playing yard games is much more fun then fixing dead patches of grass.
I would like to make a couple of notes about these yard pick-up sticks…
1. As with all sticks, small children should not play with them. Older children should be cautious. Adults should be okay. But, just tell everyone that safety is first. And watch that you don’t get sharp stake ends.
2. You can see that I made a cute little bag to store ours in. I would offer up a wonderful tutorial for that but, truth be told, it’s just a pant leg and iron-on adhesive. It was an accidental, lucky little addition! I had planned on simply tying the pick-up sticks together in 2 places with a bit of twine. Cute and effective. But, I spotted these pants Nate was getting rid of and decided to experiment.