Not much is better on these spring days than getting the family together for some quality backyard time. The weather is warming up and a fun backyard game can bring everyone together for some quality family time. If you’ve been stuck inside all winter playing board games and watching movies, it is time to start enjoying the warmth outside with your family. We have complied a list of fun games that can be played outside with your family. Some of them require you to purchase supplies, but the benefits outweigh the costs and you will be able to use them over and over again from spring until fall.
Fun and Easy Backyard Games
Cornhole is a popular game, played with as few as two people and as many as six. Although, the ideal number for cornhole is 4. All you will need to play this game is two cornhole boards as well as corn hole bag sets. You can find these at your local sporting goods stores. However, we recommend finding someone local who paints these boards — in Oklahoma, you can visit OK Cornhole in Woodward or Custom Cornhole in Chandler. Both offer custom cornhole boards in a number of designs, including geometric shapes, custom colors, and favorite teams. The possibilities are endless and there is no better way to bring the family together than over a great game of cornhole with personalized boards.
Croquet can be played with large groups of individuals, so it will work for a quiet afternoon of fun or a family gathering. This game involves a little bit of setting up, as you will need to set up the hoops or wickets in your yard, but it does not take a lot of effort. Before playing, you may want to review the rules of this game to ensure all members of your family understand how it works. This game requires a set to be purchased, but they can be found at any sports retailer during the summer months. These sets include the plastic or wooden balls, the mallets, and the hoops or wickets. This is a game that will keep you and your family occupied for hours on summer afternoons.
Horseshoes is a classic backyard game. The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association’s official guidelines for backyard courts require only two smooth iron rods hammered into the ground with 14 inches of rod left above the surface. Each rod should lean slightly toward middle of the court. The stakes should be 40 feet apart, with foul lines 37 and 27 feet from each rod — 37 for adults and 27 for children.
These are just a few of the games you can play with your family on a nice day. There are many more: hide and seek, red light/green light, or ladder golf. No matter what you are doing outside with your family, the important thing is that memories are formed and good times are had by all. Now that it is warming up, get some backyard games and invite the family over for some classic fun in the sun.