Lawn Games for the Family
Lawn Games 101
Lawn games combine the best of sports and board games. Like sports, they're competitive and can be fast paced, and like board games, they're generally easy to set up and accessible to everyone. Most lawn and backyard games also get you moving, which is good for your heart and helps you burn calories. For a laid back afternoon with family and friends, you could opt for horseshoes, bean bag toss or lawn darts. If you’re looking for games that involve more athleticism and technical skills try badminton or volleyball. Your lawn awaits — pick your games and let the fun begin.
Types of Lawn Games
Badminton is a versatile game that appeals to players of all skill levels. Beginners appreciate the simple rules and scoring system, and more advanced players enjoy the fact that competitive play requires coordination and technical skill. You can purchase the badminton racquets, shuttlecocks (also known as birdies), and badminton net separately or in a badminton set. But if you're preparing for a friendly family tournament, you may want to purchase higher-quality racquets and shuttlecocks so the skilled competitors can shine.
There's nothing like playing a team sport to stoke the competitive juices and encourage healthy activity. Volleyball is a thrilling, fast-paced game that's well suited for playing on a lawn. That's because grass is much softer to land on than a hard court surface when you're diving to return your opponent's spike. The only equipment required is a volleyball and volleyball net, which you can purchase separately or together in a volleyball set. If you’re looking for an extra challenge, take your game to the beach. Beach volleyball requires greater athletic ability since it's more difficult to play on sand than on grass.
Bocce is a relaxing game that everyone in the family can play. Each player or team alternates throwing bocce balls as close as they can to the jack, which is the smaller ball at the opposite end of the court. Everything you need to get rolling comes packaged in a bocce set. You can adjust the difficulty of the game by using larger or smaller bocce balls, since larger balls require more strength to throw for distance and accuracy.
Horseshoes is a popular lawn game that's incredibly easy to set up and play. A horseshoe set consists of four horseshoes and two stakes, which are the throwing targets. The whole family can take part in a leisurely game of horseshoes, and more competitive types will enjoy the challenge of learning different throwing techniques and playing at a more advanced level.
Bean Bag Toss
Bean bag toss is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bean bags at a large, inclined board with holes in it. Points are scored for tossing the bean bags into the holes or landing them on the board surface. Bean bag toss is a low-pressure way to spend time outdoors with a family and friends, and makes for a very entertaining party game. All you need is a bean bag toss set to get the fun started.
Tetherball is a fast-paced outdoor sport played by two opposing players. The equipment is simple enough: it’s just a ball attached to a rope on a pole. You can buy a tetherball on its own or pick up tetherball set, which contains both the tetherball and the pole. Players take turns hitting the ball with the objective of sending it flying until the entire rope is wound around the pole. Tetherball will keep large groups playing for hours, with the winner staying in after each game and a new player cycling in to challenge.
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