Bean Bag Toss - - take those leftover paper plates, use a marker to write points on the plates (mine are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50) and find some bean bags - instant game! If you don't have any bean bags, you could make some super quick - these took me about 10 minutes, and they even have a fun star on them. I saw an idea like this over at Chica and Jo.
Milk Jug Toss - Grab some empty milk cartons and cut off the bottom. If you want to fancy them up, you can use some colored duct tape. To make the ball I wrapped some tape around a wad of newspaper. You can play catch one person to another, or you can throw the ball up and catch it yourself. This is really fun! I saw this idea at cub scout day camp, and you can see a similar idea at Lakeshore Learning.
Over Under - this idea was from my mom. I want to get some pictures of it in action, so stay tuned for those - but for now you'll need to use your imagination. Take an empty pop bottle leftover from the BBQ, and poke a bunch of holes in it - you can decorate it with stickers like me, but it's not necessary. Fill it with water. Obviously it will leak out the holes so you need to keep it in a bucket/cooler full of water to prevent that. When it's time to play, take it out and pass it down a line, over one person, under one person, over one person, under the next, etc. To make it a relay, make 2 lines of people and use 2 pop bottles. This will be fun in the heat....
Ping Pong Toss - - take some cups leftover from your cookout, and attach them to a board - I used thumbtacks, but you could use hot glue or anything you think will work. Stand back and try to throw in pin pong balls - it's harder than you think! I saw a similar idea at Green Acres Hobby Farm.
Need some indoor ideas??
I gathered these from around the internet:
Printable Decor from Landee See, Landee Do:
4th of July Bingo from Makoodle:
Printable Decor from This n That:
Matching Game from Family Fun:
Paper Lanterns from The Crafting Chicks:
And don't forget - - use a few of those sparklers tonight to take photos while writing words - here's a Photo Tip on How to Write with Light: