Eden Lichterman
Updated May 28, 2020 @ 5:16 pm
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This article originally appeared on bhg.com by Eden Lichterman.

Somehow, it’s already mid-May, and warm-weather days are quickly approaching. Although summer schedules may look a little different this year, one thing we can count on is spending quality time at home with our families. If you’re running out of activities to plan inside your home, the summer months open a whole new realm of possibilities outside. From larger-than-life versions of classic games to fan-favorite outdoor competitions, there are plenty of ways to keep your family members entertained in your own backyard. Here are some of the best lawn games to play this summer.

Lawn bowling set

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Get your whole family involved in an activity with this small 10-pin bowling set. Best played on short grass or sand, you can experience the fun of a family bowling night from the comfort of your backyard. You can have several players take turns rolling the ball. It comes with two wooden balls, ten 8-inch pins, and a mesh bag for easy storage.

Cornhole

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You can never go wrong with a classic cornhole set. The epitome of lawn games, cornhole involves two wooden boards with a hole up top and a set of eight bean bags. Four players go back and forth trying to toss their bean bags into the hole on the other team’s board. The set includes two 2×3-foot game boards and eight color-coded bean bags. Reviewers were impressed by its quality, “Really nice cornhole set for the price. Well made.”

Ladder ball set

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Test your aim with this nine-piece ladder ball set. You’ll split into two teams of two and see how well you can throw a string with two rubber balls onto the other team’s ladder-like target. To start, simply place the two targets 20-feet apart in your grass and start tossing. One reviewer shared, “Best set I have ever gotten.” Plus, it ships for free!

Bocce ball set

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One of the oldest and most widely played lawn games, bocce ball is commonly referred to as “Italian lawn bowling.” Members of each team (up to eight players total) take turns throwing their bocce balls as close as possible to a smaller target ball, racking up points until one team reaches the set point total. Complete with small, brightly colored balls, this 10-piece set makes it easy to introduce the classic game to your kids and family members.

Giant Jenga

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This classic balancing game is now available in a giant version to play outside. Stack this 54-block set in the classic tower format or try creating unique geometric shapes. The goal is the same: Remove and stack the blocks without knocking the tower down! More than 320 reviewers love this outdoor summer game, including one who wrote, “Love it! Came in very handy now that we are in quarantine!” Snag the set (which includes a handy carrying case) now for 30% off.

Jumbo four-in-a-row connect

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Here’s another beloved indoor game that comes in a jumbo outdoor version. While the same rules and pieces apply to this four-foot-tall model, this two-player game just feels more festive when it’s larger than life. Both young kids (it’s a great game for ages 3 and up!) and the adults in your family will want a turn. Come winter, this game can also be played inside.

Lawn darts

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You’ve probably tried your hand at traditional wall darts, but you may have never played the lawn version. To play, head outside and set up the circular targets on your grass. Two players take turns tossing the darts and see who can get the most inside the ring. This kid-friendly version comes with rounded, injury-resistant darts. Store this seven-piece set in the space-saving caddy when not in use.

Kids Croquet Set

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If you’re hoping to keep your little ones entertained for a while, check out this kid-friendly croquet set. Suggested for children ages six and up, the mallets are just under 25-inches tall and ideally sized for little hands. This 24-piece set includes everything you need to get started including wickets, mallets, balls, and a carrying bag. Brush up on how to play croquet and challenge up to six players to get outside and enjoy a game. No grownups allowed!

Personalized picnic blanket

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If you’re looking for something that will help you make the most of summer picnics, this machine-washable blanket is for you. Personalize your picnic blanket with four classic board games, such as tic-tac-toe and checkers, and up to two lines of text. We love the idea of adding your last name or this year’s date.