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Lawn Twister Fun

It’s been pretty quiet here at the ranch on the ridge.  Now that school is out and all of those crazy end-of-the-year activities are done anyway.

We’ve settled into our quasi-boring summer routine and I thought it might be a good time to do a blog post and say hello.

Here’s one of the fun and not-too-boring things we’ve done recently.


I totally stole this idea from a photo I saw on “Wired” a few weeks ago.   I wish I could take credit, but no.  My mind isn’t quite that sharp.

Why lawn twister, you ask?  Well, we have a teenage and a tween daughter.  And they have friends.  And those friends like to come over and hang out here sometimes.  And we don’t want them to get bored.  And it just sounded really, really cool

Not that a tutorial is needed for this project, but I took some fun pictures and needed something to blog about, so here ya go!


*STEP ONE  Go out and buy yourself some fun spray paint colors.  The cheapest that you can find, since this is not a long term kind of project.  

We went with the traditional twister colors, but wished we had gotten some more interesting ones.  Especially the green.  Not a good color when you’re painting on grass.  🙂

*STEP TWO  Find some cardboard to make a stencil from.  As luck would have it, we had an extra box at the house.  We usually seem to have one or two around here.  The Mr. loves Amazon.  🙂

*STEP THREE  We laid a bowl on the box for a template to trace the circles on the cardboard. Then we cut out the circles for the stencil.  And when I say “we”, I mean my daughter and her friends.  They were planning a surprise 16th birthday party for one of their bff’s and were anxious to help out.  

FYI, if you ever want to get your kids to do lots of work around the house, just tell them they can have a party.  It’s simply amazing the amount of work they will do when they have that kind of motivation.

You’re not supposed to notice that we have more clovers in our yard than grass.  So don’t even look at that.

 Teamwork in action.

 Um, yes, I did give them knives to cut out the circles with, but I was standing right there next to them (taking pictures).  I probably could have even located a band aid if they had cut themselves.  But they didn’t.  I had shown them how to use the knives.  Use your own judgement on whether or not to let you kids do this part.

 I had to take this picture.  My daughter’s friend has the cutest nails, doesn’t she?  

*STEP FOUR  Place your amazingly awesome Twister stencil in place. 

 A work of art, no?

 Fortunately, they all agreed on order of the colors.

*STEP FIVE  Spray away!  Helpful tip:  don’t do this anywhere near parked cars.  Or on a windy day.  Just don’t.

It worked out nicely that we had 4 girls and 4 spray cans.

 Watching paint dry.  They sprayed every other row, and then went back and sprayed in between once the first rows they painted had dried.  It sped up the process.

 A few of my favorite girls on the planet.  (Mine are the two in the middle.)

Left foot green, right hand blue!

Leftover paint and cardboard somehow morphed into graffiti.  I’ll take that as a seal of approval. 

I didn’t take pictures of them actually playing twister.  It lasted for about 20 or 30 minutes and there were boys there (gasp!).  I was trying not to be the nerdy mom interrupting their fun.  But I secretly watched from inside, smiling.  I’m such a creeper!

They really did enjoy it though.  Until they didn’t anymore.  And it was time for them to eat.   Again.  Such is life with teenagers and tweens in the house.

Let me know if you try it out, or if you have any other fun, cheap yard games to recommend.  We like our kids and their friends.  And we like to keep them entertained. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’re enjoying your summer!



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  1. Very cool and fun Angie! You made it a group event too..which is even more fun. Thanks for sharing.

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