Backyard games make summer fun
Enjoy the sunshine with toys and games meant for the outdoors this summer. Even if you have a play structure for your kids, backyard games can make outdoor time more fun for the entire family.
Lawn games for the whole family
Badminton is a classic game that kids and adults can both enjoy. The flying birdies go over the net with much less speed than a tennis ball or volleyball, so kids and parents can play together. The Stats Badminton Set comes with everything you need to set up the game (Toys R Us, $30).
Cornhole, sometimes called simply “bags,” began in the midwest but is becoming more popular everywhere in the United States. Give points for tossing the bag through the hole or for staying on the board. When playing with younger children, move the boards closer together so even preschoolers can get in on the fun. Purchase a custom set of corn hole boards representing your alma mater, and take the game from summer backyard fun to fall tailgates (Etsy, $160.)
Kids will improve their aim with Jarts (Toys R Us, $22). Billed as “everyone’s favorite lawn game,” Jarts is an easy game to set up and stores easily without taking up much room. When you want to move from the backyard for a beach day, Jarts is perfect for sand, too.
Beat the heat with water toys
Amp up the spirit of competition with the Quad Racer Waterslide, (Toys R Us, $30). If you’re worried about young children staying in their own lanes, stagger the starts or only use two of the lanes for each race.
If you can’t travel somewhere that has palm trees, bring the palm trees to your backyard. The Shaky Tree Sprinkler is a fun way to cool off in the summer heat (Toys R Us, $25). The inflatable tree can be bumped without bruising small arms, and the water-filled base keeps it from tipping.
Let them play ball
A pick up game of baseball is a popular way to spend an afternoon. The always-popular WIFFLE Balls and Bats are light enough for everyone in the family to take a turn (Amazon, $7). If you have serious hitters in your house, pick up a set of replacement balls (Amazon, $7 for three).
Does your family have a favorite backyard game?
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