Classic Backyard Games You’ll Want to Play All Summer Long

With summer on its way, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far. You can have fun in your own backyard with a few friends and some classic lawn games.

1. Ladder Golf

Ladder golf, also referred to as ladder ball, is a popular game played with two or more players. Each player has three bolas, which are essentially two golf balls attached by a flexible rope. To win ladder golf, the players must throw their bolas onto the steps of the ladder to collect points. The first player to get a score of 21 wins.

2. Cornhole

Cornhole goes by many names, such as bean bag toss, corn toss, and Indiana horseshoes. No matter what you call it, the game follows some basic rules. The object of cornhole is to throw small bags with corn (or beans, sand, etc.) at a raised platform that has a hole on its far end. If a player scores a bag into the hole, it’s worth three points. If it lands on the board, it’s worth one point.

3. KanJam

KanJam has become a popular game all over the country. The game requires two large buckets or “kans” which should measure approximately 18 inches in diameter and 25 inches high. Each team takes turns throwing a disc at the bucket with the goal of making it into the bucket. The first team to score 21 is the winner.

4. Croquet

To play croquet, you will need a set that includes balls, stakes, wickets, and mallets for striking the balls. Each player chooses a mallet color and coordinating ball. The croquet court is set up with stakes and wickets placed in a diamond formation. Using a mallet, each player must try to hit their ball through the wickets in the proper order.

5. Horseshoes

To play horseshoes, you will need two stakes and four horseshoes. You can choose to create two pits for the stakes or simply drive the stakes straight into the sand or grass. The goal of horseshoes is to “ring” the stake using the horseshoes. Players then receive points depending on how the horseshoe lands. The goal is to make it to 15 points.

7. Badminton

To play badminton, you will need a net, shuttlecocks (birdies), and rackets. The object of badminton is to hit the birdie over the net and onto the opponent’s court. When hitting the birdie, you want to do so in a way that prevents your opponent from returning the birdie to your side. A score of 21 wins the game.

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