The 10 Best Yard Games

Updated December 04, 2017 by Sam Kraft

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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you're looking for a way to peel your family and friends away from their electronic devices and into the outdoors for some fun and exercise, check out our selection of enjoyable yard games. You'll find recreational items for both adults and children that will be suitable for a wide variety of budgets, interests and skill levels. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best yard game on Amazon.

10. GoSports Slammo

If you’re looking to turn your trip to the beach or the campsite into an action-packed workout, the GoSports Slammo is a nice option that won’t break the bank. It doesn’t require much space, and it gets the competitive juices flowing in a hurry.
  • backpack-style case for transport
  • balls are easy to grip
  • can be tough to tighten the net
Brand GoSports
Model SL-01
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Rollors Lawn Game

The Rollors Lawn Game combines all the best aspects of bocce ball, bowling, and horseshoes into one original, uncomplicated game. All of the wooden pieces are well-built, bright in color, and easy to handle for kids and adults alike.
  • can be played standing or sitting
  • rules are simple to understand
  • not the most exciting option
Brand Rollors
Weight 4.5 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. SeaTurtle Sports Yazoo

Up to six players can join in the fun with the SeaTurtle Sports Yazoo, which contains two telescoping aluminum poles with removable rubber boots for stability. The goal is to catch both the disc and the can before they make contact with the ground.
  • can be played on most surfaces
  • laminated instruction card included
  • too difficult for young kids
Brand SeaTurtle Sports
Model GA104
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Bulzi Bucket

From the beach to the backyard to the basement, you can play Bulzi Bucket just about anywhere — as long as your friends are around to share in the excitement. You can choose from three different playing styles, so there’s something for everyone.
  • comes with a carry case
  • includes 2 targets and 8 hacky sacks
  • 2 color options available
Model BZ01
Weight 8.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. RampShot Backyard

The creative four-player RampShot Backyard will keep competitive gamers engaged as they take turns tossing the compact balls at the ramp to score points. The action is almost constant, so no one will get bored waiting around to play.
  • ramps stack easily for storage
  • does not require much space
  • encourages teamwork and strategy
Brand RampShot
Model 777
Weight 10.9 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. GoSports CornHole Pro

The GoSports CornHole Pro is built with a durable aluminum frame that combines with its integrated carrying handles to make it simple to pick up and move. It folds in half for compact storage, and fits into the trunk of your car for fun on the go.
  • official tournament-size platforms
  • board surfaces are waterproof
  • comes with 8 bean bags
Brand GoSports
Model CH-02
Weight 31.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Yard Kubb Game

Think of the Yard Kubb Game as a cross between chess and horseshoes — it requires a mix of strategic thinking and skill. The object of the game is to topple your opponent's blocks and take out their king before they can take out yours.
  • includes instructions with a diagram
  • comes with 4 corner stakes
  • wooden pieces absorb shocks well
Brand Yard Games
Model pending
Weight 13.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Yard Tumbling Timbers

If you often spend time in trendy breweries and bars, you can expect to come across the Yard Tumbling Timbers at some point in the near future. It’s a straightforward building game that gets surprisingly intense as the tower becomes increasingly unsteady.
  • allows for any number of players
  • pieces are hand-cut and sanded
  • blocks are lightweight
Brand Yard Games
Model timbers-01
Weight 26.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. KanJam Ultimate

If you’ve recently been to the beach or a park in a densely populated area, there’s a great chance you’ve already seen the super-popular KanJam Ultimate in action. For those who haven’t, this exciting Frisbee game is easy to learn and a blast to play.
  • goals are made from rugged plastic
  • made in the united states
  • whole package weighs only 6 pounds
Brand Kan-Jam
Model 102863
Weight 6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. ECR4Kids 4-To-Score

Available in two sizes and two different colors, the ECR4Kids 4-To-Score stimulates young minds by encouraging problem solving and critical thinking. You can play with just two players or in teams, and it’s a great way for adults to connect with children.
  • easily disassembles for storage
  • durable pieces are fade-resistant
  • ideal for ages 3 and older
Brand ECR4Kids
Model ELR-12507
Weight 35.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

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 04, 2017 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

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