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With the good weather, it is natural to plan outdoor activities with your friends in parks, beaches or a large garden. We’ve got a guide to the items you’ll need to (safely) start this summer fun, but what should you do when you’re there?
We’ve rounded up 10 games suitable for all ages that you can play outdoors, whether you’re throwing your first barbecue again or relaxing in a park. The best lawn games should cover all of your outdoor entertainment basics, while still being portable and easy enough for anyone to learn and play (although you can always make your own rules).
From classics like cornhole to some really giant Jenga, if you’re all vaccinated and want to spend some time outdoors with friends and family, here are a few games you should consider playing.
A mix of four squares and volleyball, this fast paced game is ideal for camping trips and picnics in the parks. To play, the opposing team has up to three strokes between them (like in volleyball) to bounce the ball off the net; if they are missing, your team scores. You can play singles or doubles, but the first team with 21 points wins.
Admittedly, this game is a bit difficult, and you will certainly sweat as you maneuver to send the ball back into the net. But the set is incredibly portable, as it only contains three balls, a net, and the rulebook, which you can store in the carry bag.
Cornhole is a game in which two players (or four players in teams of two) toss bean bags at an inclined wooden board with a hole facing up. If an ottoman lands on the Cornhole board, it counts as one point. If the ottoman goes into the hole, it counts as three points. The game is played until a team obtains 21 points.
According to official rules, Cornhole boards should be spaced 27 feet apart, so you will need a larger outdoor space, such as your backyard or a public park (don’t toss your bean bag in the picnic area). someone else). Players can choose to use blue or green bean bags, so you always know where your team is at. The legs can be folded under these boards for easier storage and transport, which is a big plus.
Sometimes called “lawn bowling”, pÃ©tanque is an Italian game in which players (individuals or teams of two) try to score 12 points by bringing their balls closer to a smaller one called a pallino; This is how it works.
At the start of a turn, a player rolls the pallino about twenty feet away. Players then take turns rolling their larger balls to the pallino. Once all the balls have been thrown, players determine the nearest larger ball, which counts as one point. If more than one ball from a team is closer to the pallino than any ball thrown by the opposing team, each ball counts as one point. Players can throw their ball in an attempt to hit their opponents’ balls further from the pallino, without hitting the pallino itself.
PÃ©tanque can be played on several surfaces, including grass, sand and on official ground. You should not play on a hard surface such as concrete or pavement as you may damage the ball. PÃ©tanque balls are available in two colors, so players and teams can see which is which.
4. Kan jam
Kan Jam is a deceptively difficult game in which four players (in teams of two) try to score 21 points by throwing a frisbee at a round plastic box. Hitting the can without interaction from your teammate counts as two points, if your partner hits the frisbee so that it comes in contact with any part of the can it counts as one point, if your partner hits the frisbee in the opening above the can, it can count for three points. If the Frisbee goes through the front lunge without your teammate’s interaction, it’s an automatic win.
Kan Jam’s cans are always spaced over six feet apart, which increases the difficulty level depending on how you space them. If you like to play horseshoes, but want something that involves a bit faster teamwork, then Kan Jam is the game for you.
Usually played on an official course, this mini golf set allows you to play at home. The set includes a club, two balls, four “holes”, a tube, a windmill, three slides, and a set of mats and edging that you can use to play indoors. The object of the game is to complete the course you have set up by hitting the ball the fewest times. The ball must enter each hole before moving players can advance to the next.
The ability to customize your course every time you play and the ability to set it up inside make this the most versatile game on this list. Want to invite a few more friends? We recommend that you get at least one extra putter before playing.
Horseshoes is a game for up to four players and combines some of the rules of Cornhole and PÃ©tanque. Players start by sticking two metal stakes into the ground, then attempt to throw their horseshoes (U-shaped metal objects) towards it. Horseshoes that hit the stake and turn count as two points; if neither player succeeds, the team whose horseshoes approach the stake scores a point. Teams receive multiple points if their horseshoes are closer to the stake than those thrown by their opponents. The first team to score 21 points wins.
This set comes with four horseshoes: one pair is gray, the other two are blue. Teams or individuals only need the two horseshoes they throw.
7. Lawn darts
Lawn darts are the only game we recommend that can be played without shared equipment (unless you are playing as a team). This set includes four lawn darts (two red, two blue) and four hoops.
Each team places their rings at two distances (five feet and ten feet, for example) and attempts to throw their darts so that they land inside one of the rings. If your dart lands inside the nearest ring, that counts as three points. If your dart lands inside the next ring, that counts as five points. The first team to score 21 points wins. If neither player puts darts in their hoop, the player whose dart is closest to one of the rings scores a point.
8. Jumbo Jenga
A favorite on the lawn of breweries, campsites, and outdoor barbecue grills, this wooden rocking tower game (one bite, but it’s really just Jumbo Jenga) is a timeless game that can be enjoyed by kids and children. children at heart. The rules are simple: after stacking the 7.75 x 1.5 x 2.5 inch pine wood blocks, each player takes turns pulling a block from the tower and places it on top. If the tower collapses during your turn (or your team’s turn, if playing in a party), then you lose.
The tower can grow up to 5 feet tall during play when using all 54 blocks in the set – the blocks themselves are quite heavy, so we recommend that you build your tower on grass, or a surface which may take a few hits when she rocks over. It also comes with a whiteboard so you can get creative and create your own rules. A convenient carrying case also allows you to take the blocks with you on the go.
9. Viking chess
This Swedish lawn game, called “Kubb” or often “Viking Chess”, has been said to have been played since the Viking Age, but you can bring that Nordic energy right into your own backyard. To play, each team throws wooden studs from below to try to knock over their opponents’ Kubb blocks. After knocking down all of their blocks, once you’ve knocked down the kubb king (almost like a checkmate), your team wins. Kubb is usually played on grass, but kubb can also be played on a sandy beach, dirt, or even snow.
It’s relatively easy to set up, and the set includes ten Kubb blocks, six dowels, and four corner stakes to mark the area you’re playing in. The durable play pieces are made of impact-absorbing hardwood, so don’t. be afraid to really put your back on those throws.
10. Connect four
A giant twist on the classic Connect Four game, this strategy game will make even the most boring outdoor family gatherings enjoyable. The oversized game plays the same way you know and love – two players (or teams) drop coins from the top of the board, trying to get four coins in a row. After alternating turns, the first team to join 4 of your color in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the game. When you’re done, just slide the wooden bottom bar to release the pieces.
Unlike other lawn sets which might use MDF (wood fiber) material for the grid, this one uses premium stained wood that is made to last and will look great as you hit each other’s butt. team. The set also includes a nylon carrying case that contains the 42 solid plastic pieces, 21 red and 21 blue.