Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Yard Game

Simple, but fun yard games can turn any barbecue or beach blowout into a competitive scene.

Yard and beach games are a hoot! They bring out the competitive spirit in athletes and couch potatoes alike, and foster relationships through great laughs and conversation. They also help build healthy bodies. Choosing a great yard game means considering who will be playing, where the games will take place, and whether your crowd likes to play hard for the win or take their fun a little easy. Here are three things to think about so you’ll make the best choice.

Toddler Time

This “floor darts” game with inflatable, safe darts can be played both outside and inside. GIGGLE N GO

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It’s no easy feat to design a yard game that appeals to a wide age range but choose carefully. Games with large, lightweight, simple pieces are easy for young children to handle. Bright colors help keep a toddler’s interest. But look, also, for games where both skill and luck matter. Little kids can rely on luck, while older kids will appreciate the competitiveness of a game where they can work to best their buddies.

Brave the Elements

This durable outdoor game includes both plastic and rope rings. Elite Sportz Equipment

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Outdoor yard games need to be built tough, able to withstand the elements and occasional, “Uh-oh, I left the game out in the rain,” moment. Games made with rope and wood and plastic fit the bill, and games that have a carnival-type flavor, such as ring toss, are often the biggest hits. They foster friendly competition but are easy enough to play casually.

Burn Some Energy

This game is a raving success on the beach and at tailgates. It’s super easy to pack up and transport. Spikeball

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Not every backyard game has to be sedate. Some games are perfect for competitive older teenagers, college-age kids, and adults alike, even if the competition is over who can have the most fun. If you’re looking for a yard game that will engage body and mind, look for skills-based games that don’t take up a lot of room, and can be played with small teams.