Yard games are a fun way to get outside and spend some time with friends and family! There’s a huge variety of yard games out there so there’s a guarantee you can find something that everyone will love. You can some oversized classic games like connect-4 or Jenga or if you want something more competitive then maybe Spideball is more up your alley. Get out in the fresh, summer air and lower your stresses with some outdoor games with great friends or family! Here are 10 yard games you need to have for this summer.
1. CHIPPO – Golf Meets Cornhole
If you want yard games that are competitive, fun, and mobile then check out Chippo. This game is the ultimate combination of cornhole and golf! It’s true that it’s fairly pricey but it’s built to last and provide you with tons of fun. You’ll be given two boards, similar to cornhole, but these boards will have three holes in them each. You also get little square tee-off “chipping mats” made of turf and rubber. The game uses high-density foam balls that are great at mimicking a real golf ball without the potential damage from hitting it too far or inaccurately. If you want a game to work on your golfing short game as well as embarrass your friends then grab yourself Chippo!
2. Ladder Toss
It’s nice to have some yard games that anyone can come over and play whether they are friends, family, kids, grandparents, or whoever. Ladder toss is great because it’s an easy game to learn, competitive, and super fun! You just need to use the “bolas” to throw and wrap around the rungs of the ladder. You can also knock off your opponents’ bolas to steal from their score! It’s not an expensive game and is lightweight and easy to set up so it’s very mobile. You can have it in your backyard or take it to the beach easily. A great and inexpensive choice if looking for good yard games for this summer!
3. Spikeball (3 Ball Kit)
If you want competitive yard games for you and your friends to get heated up about then you’ll probably want a Spikeball set! It’s sort of similar to volleyball except you’ll be hitting the ball into the net (that’s on the ground) and trying to make the other team miss hitting it back onto the net. In this set, you’ll get three balls, a net with foldable legs, and a traveling bag! It’s a worthy investment that will provide you with hours and hours of fun although it may cause some riffs in friendships so be warned.
4. Supersize Beer Pong
Here’s the game for you if you want to take classic beer pong to the next level! Get outside and set up these 2-feet tall buckets into pyramids and use the inflatable balls to show off the true skill you gained in college. This is one of the more expensive yard games but it’s a worthy investment as it’s likely to last a long time. It can also be played by almost everyone and because they’re too big to fill with beer (or hey no judgment here) then children can play too! The set comes with 12 “cups,” two balls, two pumps with needles, and two carrying cases. Easy to set up just fill the buckets with some water or sand and get to playing!
5. Bocce Ball Set
Bocce is one of the more classic yard games because it’s such a great time and easy to play. You just need a big open area and a good set like this one here. You’ll have two teams with four bocce balls each. Somewhere in the middle of your open area, you’ll place a jack (white ball) and this is where both teams will be trying to roll their balls near. You want to get your balls as close to the jack as possible without actually touching/moving it. You can also play defense by knocking away the opposing team’s bocce balls with your own! It’s an easy game to learn and the sets are very affordable so try it out next time you’re playing some summer yard games.
6. Mölkky: Outdoor Throwing Game
Molkky outdoor throwing game might be one of the less well-known yard games but it’s definitely one of the most fun and addicting! It’s an easy game to learn but a difficult one to master. The idea is that you’ll set up 12 pins on the grass which all have a number on top from 1-12. You’ll then take turns throwing the Molkky stick at the pins. There are two possibilities when you knock down pins. Either you get the number of points from the number of pins you knock down, or if you knock down one single pin then you get as many points as that pin’s number. The first one to 50 points wins but the kicker is that you need to get exactly 50 so if you go over then you go back to 25 points! Highly suggest Molkky is you’re looking for fun, easy to set up, and super competitive yard games!
Arguably one of the oldest yard games out there, horseshoes is a simple game of throwing horseshoes at the far post trying to either “ring” the horseshoe around the stake or land nearest to it. That can be a simple way to play but there are more advanced rules and regulations that have been developed over the years. You can grab this set of rubber horseshoes so it’s not as dangerous as the classic metal version.
8. GoSports – Giant Wooden Toppling Tower (Jenga equivalent)
Here’s how you can take the classic game of Jenga and take it to the next level! With this, you’ll be bringing your classic childhood games into a bigger version that you can play outside during the summer. The tower should stack to about 2.5 feet at the start and near the end it will be about 5 feet! Great for yard games that can accommodate l.ots of people, doesn’t require much skill, and is lots of fun!
9. Giant Dice (Yahtzee)
Another oversized version of a classic game, or in this case many possible games, is to get yourself a set of giant dice! You can use dice for many awesome lawn games so there are lots of possibilities with these. The dice could be used indoors or outdoors but definitely take advantage of the sturdy craftsmanship and enjoy some fresh air while you play some Yahtzee. It also comes with a canvas carrying bag so you can take your set anywhere!
The final of these awesome yard games is a classic and growing favorite – cornhole! There are many different kinds of sets you can buy online but for beginner and affordability-sake the set here is an easy fold-up, elastic fiberboards. The game is simple enough you set up the boards apart from each other and the two teams take turns throwing their cornhole bean bags at the other team’s board trying ideally to get the bag into the hold. You get the number of points as bags you have on top of the board but that number also cancels out with the number of points the other team got during that turn as well. If you get the bag in the hole then you get even more points!
What are your favorite yard games to play during the summer with friends and family? Share them in the comments!
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