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Published on July 10, 2018

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#TryItTuesday: Family Fun Backyard Games

One of my most favorite childhood memories was going to my grandpa and grandma’s home for game night. Whether it was in the winter, with a wide array of board games and those yummy Chicken In A Biskit crackers, or in the summer with croquet and ice cream cones, precious memories were created.

When we started our family, game night was a tradition we wanted for our family. Now we are the grandparents watching as our children share this family tradition with their children.

For today’s #TryItTuesday, I’m sharing a few of our family’s favorite backyard games:

Frisbee: Frisbee is one of my favorites. We can play a game of toss or have an obstacle course. Due to its small size, it’s easy to pack along on our picnics or hikes. We like to keep a Frisbee in our car for a quick impromptu game. (This is especially fun when we take a road trip and need to burn off a little energy.) One of our favorite ways to play Frisbee is when the sun goes down. Our lighted Frisbee provides hours of nighttime fun!

Bocce: We discovered Bocce a few years back. Bocce is played with balls on either a court (if you’re fancy), or the backyard. It can be played with two or four players. There are eight balls (two sets of four same color) and a white ball which is the goal. If there are more than four players, create two teams of two players. Each side starts at the same location. One player throws the white ball. Now each team player takes a turn tossing their balls. The ball closest to the target at the end of the round gets one point. The length of the game can vary, depending on what is decided by players.

Tetherball: Who remembers tetherball from your childhood? Tetherball is another one of those super fun games that we brought into our family from our childhood. As we wanted to be able to move our tetherball around, my husband created our tetherball stand by cementing the tetherball pole into a tire.

Water-Balloon Baseball: Fill up some water balloons and grab a plastic bat. Water balloon baseball is perfect for those hot summer days. It’s highly unlikely anyone will get off base – and it’s excellent practice for those working on their hitting.

Obstacle Course: An obstacle course is another one of my all-time favorites with endless opportunity! For our courses, we use whatever objects or items we have in our yard or garage. We strategically place them around the backyard creating “station” areas. Some of our favorite things for our obstacle course: a long beam to walk on, tires to jump through, a jump rope tied between two trees that we need to go under, a juggling station, a small ladder to climb up, a little swimming pool, and a bubble blowing area.

Croquet: Croquet involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops embedded in a grass playing court. Croquet was another game we played as children and love playing it with a new generation of family members.

Backyard Jenga: Backyard Jenga is basically like the indoor Jenga, only the blocks are much larger. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure. 

(You can purchase Jenga as a complete game, or if you have a saw and some 2-by-4s, you can make it yourself.)

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