11 Lesser-Known Lawn Games We Love This Summer
Entertain the kids and impress your guests with these unique lawn games everyone will love.
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Hook and Ring Toss
Hook and Ring Toss, also called “Ringing the Bull,” is a popular bar game. Now you can play it on your patio! This fun, laid-back game involves swinging a ring that’s attached to a string, and attempting to land it on the mounted hook. It doesn’t require much physical excursion, making it a perfect activity for when you’re relaxing and enjoying a beverage with friends. Plus, here are seven outdoor games you can make with stuff you probably already have.
Snap Ball Game
Your kids will love this Snap Ball catch game because it’s impossible to miss the ball! A ball is threaded through two strings, and each player holds two ends. As one player spreads the two strings apart, the ball propels forward toward the other player. And back and forth it goes! It’s fun to see who can get the ball moving the fastest. Try these 10 best backyard games that will be a hit with all ages.
Darts Ring Toss
Nothing like a good mash-up game to surprise your party guests. This Dart Ring Toss combines the traditional dart board with ring toss. The result is a fun and challenging game that everyone will love. This set also includes a rule book with three game play ideas, as well as a dry erase scoreboard so you can crown the ultimate ring-dart winner!
Thunder Bubble Inflatables
We have a feeling your tweens and teenagers will love these Thunder Bubble inflatables, but they might have to fight off the adults to get a turn! Two bubbles come with handles and padded shoulder pads for comfort. Put them on and become awesome bouncing buddies. You can play a silly game of soccer, or simply get straight to the bumping action. These 12 make-and-take games are perfect for your tailgate party or backyard gathering.
Kubb Set Game
Kubb (pronounced “KOOB”) might be the oldest game you’ve never heard of. It’s a Swedish lawn game said to have been played all the way back to the time of the Vikings. Two teams have a row of blocks, called kubbs, on either side of the playing field. Each player tries to knock down the opposing team’s blocks by tossing wooden dowels. Just don’t hit the king in middle until the end! Kids and adults will love this addictive game. Let the games begin with these 12 DIY backyard games and sport courts.
Your kids will love shooting slime balls across the yard with this Slimeball Slinger. Think of it as a sling shot on steroids! The set comes with the slinger and two slime balls (don’t worry, they’re not really made from slime). Have one player sling the balls while the other kids try to catch them. Just make sure you have plenty of room, the slinger can shoot slime balls up to 30 feet!
Take disc throwing to the next level with this Disc Slam game. Two teams of two stand next to their disc slam targets. One player tries to throw their disc into the opposing team’s target, while the opponent tries to deflect it. You can set the targets up close for kids and space them out to a more challenging distance for adults. If your type of pastime is playing a good game, then you’ll love these 26 cool ideas for game rooms.
If you want a game for younger kids, check out Bullseye Bash. Players try to hit the targets with either the bow and arrows (safe suction cup arrows of course!) or the mini discs. Kids will love competing to see who can get the most targets. Plus, with each target worth a different value of points, they can practice their math skills by adding up the scores! For more summer fun, check out this DIY rebuilt swing set!
Take pong to the next level with Supersized Pong! This game would be perfect for a backyard party, the beach or a tailgating barbecue. Play the traditional pong rules, but with oversized 24-in. expandable “cups” and a large ball. We love that the set also comes with a handy carrying case. Here’s a great tutorial for adding life-size Jenga to your backyard fun.
Bean Bag Bucketz
Everyone will love Bean Bag Bucketz! Play involves throwing 16 bags per round at buckets worth one to four points each; first to 21 points wins! We love that this unique game combines cornhole and disc golf into one fun activity. Happy reviewers say both kids and adults love it. One family even upped the excitement by putting cash winnings into each basket! Plus, build a cornhole game with these easy-to-follow plans.
Jumbo Pick Up Sticks
The classic game of pick up sticks has now gone jumbo — these sticks are 31-1/2-in. long! Simply dump the Jumbo Pick Up Sticks on the ground, and then each player tries to pick up a stick without moving the others. If the other sticks move, you don’t get the stick. If you successfully pick it up, you keep the stick and score! Different color sticks can be worth more or fewer points.
Because the sticks as so big and have pointy ends, even though the manufacturer says it’s safe for kids three and up, we suggest close supervision of younger kids with these sticks.