10 Best Yard Games | December 2016

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We spent 33 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you're looking for a way to get your family out from in front of their devices and into the outdoors for some fun and exercise, check out our selection of some of the most enjoyable yard games. We've included items that are suitable for kids, adults and both. Skip to the best yard game on Amazon.
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The Giant Tumbling Timbers has been making the rounds in all of the trendy new breweries and bars. It is a basic building game that gets surprisingly intense as the tower gets more & more unsteady. Depending on the players' skill levels, it can easily grow to over 5 feet.
  • allows for any number of players
  • hand cut and sanded timbers
  • shouldn't be played on hard surfaces
Brand Yard Games
Model TIMBERS-001
Weight 26.8 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
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Up to 6 players can enjoy the SeaTurtle Sports Yazoo Disc Toss. It's equipped with two telescoping, quick-twist locking aluminum poles, a 175 gram disc and 2 drink stands. The goal is to catch everything before it hits the ground.
  • makes a fun drinking game
  • laminated instruction card
  • too difficult for young kids
Brand Sea Turtle Sports
Model pending
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The unique 4 player RampShot Backyard will keep gamers engaged as they take turns tossing four racquetball sized balls at the ramp for action-packed fun. It also involves 3 out of the 4 players in every moment of the game, so no one will get bored waiting around to play.
  • ramps stack nicely for storage
  • can be played in small areas
  • net installation is difficult
Brand RampShot
Model 777
Weight 10.9 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The GoSports CornHole Pro has a durable and lightweight aluminum frame that, when combined with the integrated carrying handles, allows it to be easily picked up and moved. It folds in half for compact storage, and fits into most backseats and trunks for fun on the go.
  • official tournament size
  • waterproof mdf board surface
  • playable in most wind conditions
Brand GoSports
Model CH-02
Weight 31.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Bulzi Bucket can be played just about anywhere, from the beach to the backyard, or you can just play it indoors, if the weather is poor. It has 3 different playing styles - throw it, assist it, hack it - for hours of addictive fun.
  • promotes competitive play
  • includes 2 targets and 8 hacky sacks
  • packs down into a compact bundle
Brand Bulzi Bucket
Model BZ01
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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Rollors Backyard Game combines all the best aspects of bocce ball, bowling, and horseshoes into one unique and addictive game. All of the large wooden pieces are extremely durable, have bright color identification, and are easy for kids and adults to grasp.
  • can be played standing or sitting
  • easy to understand rules
  • can be set up in minutes
Brand Rollors
Model MEROL01-ROLRY
Weight 4.7 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The action-packed 2-on-2 GoSports Slammo creates a great workout at the park, beach or backyard, with an included training ball for younger players. It's a great twist on the classic game of volleyball and doesn't require much space.
  • backpack style case for transport
  • easy-to-grip ball
  • sets up and breaks down quickly
Brand GoSports
Model SL-01
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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Have a blast with the Baden Champions Series Outdoor Combo, featuring two great net games in one. It can be switched quickly from badminton to volleyball by simply adjusting the net, and it includes all the equipment needed for both games.
  • regulation size net
  • durable steel gauge poles
  • stands up to regular uv exposure
Brand Baden
Model G202-00
Weight 22.4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0
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Yard Games Kubb is a strategy and skill game that is sort of like a cross between chess and horseshoes. The goal is to topple your opponent's blocks before moving on to attack their king. Whoever takes out their opponent's king first is declared the winner.
  • can be played on dirt snow or grass
  • includes a zippered tote bag
  • made of eco-friendly hardwood
Brand yardgames.us
Model pending
Weight 13.4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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For the second year, the life-sized ECR4Kids Jumbo 4-To-Score is our favorite item in this category. It can be played by 2 players or in teams, and not only is it tons of fun, but it teaches strategy and critical thinking as well.
  • easily disassembles for storage
  • durable materials are fade resistant
  • suitable for all ages
Brand ECR4Kids
Model ELR-12507
Weight 35.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Pass The Time Before Passing Out

There once was a time when we all played outside every day. We didn't need a special occasion to tear ourselves away from our televisions and our video game systems to get the bare minimum amount of vitamin D required to survive. We used to run around for no good reason, roll down hills, swim in streams, and do all manner of fun, pastoral activities that make us think the next generation is doomed for not having experienced them.

Those days, unfortunately, are long gone, but that doesn't mean that we can't make the most out of our occasional forays into the yard. In fact, if you go so far as to invest in and set up the right yard games, you might just find yourself lured into the great outdoors behind your house a little more often.

A good yard game balances out a competitive spirit with a certain sense of luxury. You'll notice that not a single game on our list incorporates a time limit. Like baseball or cricket, these games are designed to pass the time. They depend on the accuracy and intelligence of the players, not on their physical prowess or athleticism.

It's also important that you can successfully play these games when consuming alcohol, since they usually come out on holidays that promote day-drinking. The badminton set is the only thing that requires a lot of movement, and that's ideal when you don't want to shake up your belly full of beer.

Play With Your Spirit

I've never figured out what my spirit animal is. I've heard people talking about their deep connection with one animal or another, and a part of me has always felt jealous, but any time I think I've narrowed the connection down to one beast, I find kinship in another. It turns out, I have different spirit animals for different situations.

Thinking a little bit about your spirit animal in the context of competition will give you a pretty clear sense about which of these yard games is going to give you the best experience. If you can match up the timbre of the game with the persona of your competitive animal, you're liable to have a blast. Find conflict between the two, and the party could turn ugly fast.

Say, for example, that your competitive spirit is a little more mellow. You're just as excited to best your own score as you are to get the better of your friends and family. Maybe you're like a koala bear or a sloth. The tossing games are probably the ones you'll like the most, as you can casually lob a bean bag or a sling toward an intended target, take a break, have a drink, eat some pasta salad, then come back and toss another. Games like these are the most laid back, but they still have a friendly competition to them.

If you're looking for even less physical exertion and an uptick in mental stimulation–perhaps your spirit animal is closer to a penguin–,you can reach for the puzzle-based yard games like the giant wood block tower or the oversized connect four. Like the tossing games, you can leave and come back to these, though the tower could blow over on a windy day.

Then, there are the games for you more active animals, like the dolphins or the cheetahs. These are your badminton and ball slam games, and they require the most physical exertion of anything on our list. Give yourself a few minutes between scarfing down half a dozen hot dogs and the commencement of any of these contests, lest you reverse your digestion.

Finally, we come to the bocce ball set, which I give its own paragraph out of reverence for the game itself. Traditionally, you need a cordoned off bocce ball court to play the game properly, which is why it's so far down on our list, but the fact that it's still on the list despite the fact that it's so much better served by the presence of a court shows you how special the game truly is.

It's an Italian game, and the closest thing to a national animal in Italy is actually a wolf, so all you wolves out there ought to check it out.

Let The Games Begin

Each of the games on our list is an evolution of something much older. Some come from around the world, and others are simply augmented versions of more familiar pastimes.

The Jenga-style wood block tower, for example, actually originated a West Africa, with a game called Takoradi. The bean bag toss, often called Cornhole, is said to have originated in Germany in the 14th century. The giant connect four game is simply a larger version of a game developed in the 1970s by Milton Bradley.

While these games trace their origins to somewhat more recent times, a pair of the games on our list–bocce ball and badminton–reach back as far as 2000 years to the ancient civilizations of Europe.

I'm sure there were crotchety product reviewers in those days, as well, bemoaning the lack of spiritual connection to all things outdoors among the youngest generations. After all, inter-generational discord is the oldest and most celebrated game of them all.



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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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