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    • Bro McG

      Tug of war on a milk crate Great Summer Camp Ideas @Glenda Thornton

    • Kimberly Shaw

      Great tug of war game, or use the game on a very wide balance beam... 32 Of The Best DIY Backyard Games You Will Ever Play. Get ready for summer fun! #summer #kids #games

    • Colleen Writes

      Diy milk crate tug of war ~ carnival or back yard game ~ 32 Of The Best DIY Backyard Games You Will Ever Play

    • Lara Kaymen

      32 Fun DIY Backyard Games To Play (for kids & adults!) A roundup of the BEST do-it-yourself backyard games and activities to play with lots of pictures and resources! These DIY lawn games are fun and easy to play with the kids (or just adults) for spring, summer, fall, or anytime the weather permits backyard activities. Perfect for a party!

    • Blanca Bonifaz

      Outdoor game. Summer fun activities for kids. Get into classic camp mode with a twist on tug-of-war called Stumps. Two players stand on upside-down milk crates set 6 to 12 feet apart on soft ground. Players pull or relax a rope, trying to force the other to step off her crate. Strategy trumps strength: a hard tug can be neutralized by a loosened grip, and sudden slack can make the tugger teeter.

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