Character: Hank McCall
Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author: Barbara Early
As the 4th of July approaches, we get a lot more people coming in to our vintage toyshop looking for outdoor game ideas.
Just to get this out of the way, no we do not sell lawn darts. That rumor was started simply because somebody broke into a locked display case and, well, proved they could be deadly. (Check out Death of a Toy Soldier.)
But here’s some great ideas for more non-lethal games.
Net games: If you have a crew, pull out volleyball. If fewer, badminton is always great. Your family not that coordinated? It will only be more fun! Trust me on this. Is it a hot day? Try it with water balloons.
Throwing things: The old standby is horseshoes, of course. And corn hole. Other options include ladder ball. Maybe Frisbee golf—or ultimate Frisbee (google it!) One of our family favorites is bocce. I know that’s technically lawn bowling, but not the way our family plays it. Just skip the well groomed course and send the little ball flying anywhere in a large, preferable uneven and lumpy, backyard.
Modified indoor games: You may have seen some of these on Pinterest, but often you can make giant lawn versions of indoor games—with a little time and planning. There are giant versions of Yard-zee (Yahtzee using giant dice shaken in a large utility bucket), Jenga, Connect 4, and Scrabble. Use your imagination. Try something new!
So whether you just set up the old croquet set, or turn your backyard into a miniature golf course complete with water hazard, have fun with your family this holiday.
And save a burger for me!
Question: What games do you like to play outdoors?