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You can have hours of fun outside playing this awesome word game. It’s easy to make and a great way to spend quality time with your family.

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1 Measure and mark squares
2 Cut squares
3 Sand the squares
4 Add la letter to each square
5 Make letter holder
6 How to play an outdoor word game
  • Step 1. Measure and mark squares

    Measure and mark the planks of wood to make the square pieces. Each piece should be 20cm x 20cm, which means you’ll need 16 planks to make 100 squares.
  • Step 2. Cut squares

    Either get an adult to help you cut the squares with a saw and mitre box or get them pre-cut at your local Bunnings. Also, use a storage container to keep them in.
  • Step 3. Sand the squares

    Give each square a good sand to smooth the edges and remove any splinters.
  • Step 4. Add la letter to each square

    Add a letter to each square. Start by drawing them in pencil and then paint over with any colours you like. Make sure you put on your gloves and any safety gear for painting. The letters you need are: A×10 B×2 C×2 D×4 E×12 F×2 G×3 H×2 I×10 J×1 K×1 L×4 M×2 N×6 O×8 P×2 Q×1 R×6 S×4 T×6 U×4 V×2 W×2 X×1 Y×2 Z×1
  • Step 5. Make letter holder

    You’ll also need to make a holder for your letters. Each player will need two wooden stakes, which you should give a light sand. Use a hammer to stick each one in the ground about 1.5m apart. Tie a piece of thick string between the two stakes, making sure it’s taut enough to lean your letters on. You should get an adult to help you with this.
  • Step 6. How to play an outdoor word game

    Each player starts with six letters. You take turns making words in a crossword fashion, and replace the letters you use. The first person to use up all of their letters wins.

Tools and Materials


  • Craft paints
  • Terracotta flower pot and saucer
  • White base paint


  • Hammer
  • Mitre box
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Sanding block
  • Sandpaper
  • Saw
  • Scissors

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our DIY videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member

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