This year, don’t just scroll through those sunny days on your phone or tablet. Do something with them. It’s time to get back the pure pleasure of the seasons that we wait all year to enjoy outside. As a matter of fact, even science says you should: Experts say that playing games as an adult can help lower stress, improve cognitive function, and build social bonds with other people. This is a lot more than what your phone can do for you.
These classic lawn games range from new favourites to old favourites. Over the years, we’ve played a lot of the lawn games on this list. You may have played some of them, too. They were chosen for this guide because they had good reviews about how well they built things.
It’s time for you to do something. It’s time to get the whole family together and play one of these adult-friendly lawn games. They’re also fun for kids.
The Pocket Shot
People love to line up cans and shoot them down with a slingshot. As a rule, games are fun, but this one isn’t.
When you use the Pocket Shot, you can shoot at two or three times the speed of normal slingshots, which is why it is called that. It’s very small, so it fits in your pocket, and it’s very powerful. It can fling objects at speeds of up to 350 feet per second.
It’s like bocce, but a lot more silly. Making sure you can hit your target on the first try is what Flickin’ Chicken is all about!
Toss the disc across the yard, and then flick your rubber chicken of choice to try and get it to land on the disc in the fewest number of throws. Because it’s likely to go off course. Take aim, and don’t think about how you look.
Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards
Adults can play this lawn game on two boards that are covered in non-skid fabric, as well as eight beanbags, a carrying case, and more!
Though there are a lot of different types of corn hole sets, we like that this one is collapsible and easy to move. Plus, each board only weighs 4 pounds.
Bocce ball has been a popular game since the Roman Empire. It is easy to set up and has simple rules. A zippered case with eight high-gloss bocce balls and one white pallino ball lets you take the game with you to your backyard, a park, or a tailgating party. It comes with eight bocce balls and one white pallino ball. As a group, you can have a good time. Two to four people can play.
Can’t decide if you want to play golf or play cornhole. With this two-in-one lawn game from Chippo, you can play both alone or with a friend. You can play it either way. You can use the included turf-covered chip mat to hit your ball into one of the three netted holes in this lightweight, portable cornhole-style course, which comes with a golf club. For example, the foam balls that come with this golf set have the same spin and height as real golf balls, but without the damage. You can swing for the fences without hitting your own fence.
Connect with Your Inner Kid
Makes a point that you can never outgrow the games you used to play as a child. This giant, 3 by 2.7-foot Connect 4 game is a good example. In this game, two people can slide the 21 red and 21 blue plastic coins into the premium wooden board one at a time in the hope that they can connect four of the same colour in a row and win. With the case, you’ll never lose a piece.
Zuru Bunch O Balloons are a great way to get ready for your kids’ next water balloon fight if you’re tired of having to fill and tie individual balloons in the heat. There are 265 of these “self-sealing” balloons in this pack. They can be filled, closed, and used in less than a minute so kids three and up can have more fun splashing around with their friends, and less time loading up on liquid ammo.
Using a ladder doesn’t always require a lot of backbreaking work! In fact, when you set up the Go Sports’ Premium Ladder Toss on your lawn, you’ll have a lot of fun. Pre-glued PVC pipes can be put together in two minutes to make a ladder that won’t fall over. As soon as the set-up is done, grab one of three red or three blue ball bolos (balls on tangle-free ropes) and throw it over the ladder so the rope gets caught on one of the steps. A built-in scorekeeper on the side of the ladder makes it easy to figure out who won.
Nothin’ but Net
Putting up volleyball nets and making four square grids takes a lot of time at your backyard barbecue. Instead, you can set up this twist on the two games in minutes. Spikeball is a game where two teams of two play against each other with a round net in the middle. The server bounces one of three balls that come with the game to you through the net. Jump, dive, or do whatever it takes to keep the ball from falling to the ground. You have three chances to return it, so do it now! When the game is over, put it in the drawstring bag that comes with it for easy storage and transportation.
Innovative: This set comes with two melamine resin cornhole boards that are illuminated by small red lights. It also comes with eight glow-in-the-dark bean bags with handles for better grip. Take a bean bag and point it at a hole on the board. Toss it and score! On a hot summer day, what could be more simple or satisfying than this old southern tradition?