The Ultimate Outdoor Games for the Beach and Backyard

How to find the most exciting active games for your whole family - at home in the backyard or on holiday at the lake or beach.

The Ultimate Outdoor Games for the Beach and Backyard

Holidays are family time! And what could be better than being active together, whether it's in your own garden, in a mountain meadow, at the lake or at the beach? The outdoor games industry has come up with some great ideas to keep you and your loved ones active. Some of these games are new and some are old, albeit reinterpreted classics. Some games take two players, others four or even more. But all of these games will motivate you and your family to get up, get moving and have some fun.

Kubb: Play like the Vikings

Kubb: Play like the Vikings

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Kubb is one of the most popular outdoor games in Sweden and Norway. This game of skill should ideally be played in an open space It takes two teams of one to six people. The teams face each other and attempt to knock down the five kubbs (blocks) on the opposite side with their six throwing sticks. Important: don’t hit the king in the middle! The first player to overturn all five blocks from the opposing team and then take down their king wins.

Conclusion: It’s a great game for children 4 years or older. Requires hand-eye coordination and accuracy.

Ultimate Smite Garden Game: First to 50 Points, Wins!

Ultimate Smite Garden Game: First to 50 Points, Wins!

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Smite is similar to Kubb – and comes with a handy weatherproof carrying bag. Unlike Kubb, however, the blocks have numbers and are grouped together. Opposing sides then take turns throwing a block at the numbered cylinders. If, for example, the number 12 is knocked down the player gets 12 points; if several numbered cylinders are knocked down, the number of fallen cylinders is added up instead of the engraved numbers. The fallen cylinders are then set up again where they fell over. The player who has 50 points first wins.

Conclusion: It's an easy-to-learn, simple game that you can play while chatting with friends. It also promotes mental arithmetic.

Ladder Golf: Throw the Bolas around the Crossbars

Ladder Golf: Throw the Bolas around the Crossbars

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Ladder golf, a favourite on campgrounds and in backyards, can be set up quickly and is fun for children. The aim is to throw the three “bolas” (two balls connected with a rope) so that they wrap around the coloured ladder crossbars. The crossbars are marked with points from 1 to 3. The first player to reach 21 points wins. For 2 to 10 players.

Conclusion: Ladder golf requires a small amount of space and will even fit into a packed car. Ideal for beaches and backyards.

Airhead Lob the Bob: Accuracy is Key

Airhead Lob the Bob: Accuracy is Key

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You can improve your throwing technique with this inflatable throwing and targeting game called Airhead Lob the Blob. The game isn’t exactly cheap, but it offers non-stop fun. It is recommended for children of 6 years or older, but also great for even younger players. When they see their big brother or big sister testing their tossing skills, the younger ones will also want to sink one of the four green or blue sacks in the 25 cm hole. All the equipment is inflatable, so neither the platform with the hole nor the sacks will take up much space. Experienced throwers can even place the platform in the pool as a moving target.

Conclusion: It's ideal fun for a beach holiday and can even fit in your hand luggage on a flight.

Kan Jam Frisbee: The Hit from the US

Kan Jam Frisbee: The Hit from the US

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You probably remember frisbee from your childhood. But now there’s a new twist on this classic from the US: Kan Jam Frisbee. The outdoor game growing in popularity in the US; there are even Kan Jam competitions with huge numbers of participants and spectators. Unlike classic frisbee where you just throw the frisbee, in Kan Jam you have to throw the frisbee through a slot in a small bin or directly into the opening of the bin. The game is played with two teams of two. One person from each team throws and tries to hit the slot. If the frisbee flies past, the other one still has the chance to intercept the frisbee and sink it into the bin. The set comes with a frisbee and two bins. You just have to assemble the bins and you’re ready to play.

Conclusion: It's a challenging game best suited to older kids. Promotes speed and coordination.

Boccia Is So Yesterday: Now We're Playing Crossboccia

Boccia Is So Yesterday: Now We're Playing Crossboccia

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Boccia or boule is a traditional game for the beach and garden. The modern version is crossboccia. In this game, soft cloth bags are filled with plastic beads so they are light as a feather. You can just put them in your suitcase if you have a little space. 

This is how crossboccia works: First, you throw the small cloth bag, then you try to toss your three throwing bags close to it. Whoever gets the closest wins. The game was developed in the hilly city of Wuppertal, Germany, with the idea that the little bags can’t roll away. So crossboccia can be played anywhere - even on mountain slopes or in the middle of the city. The set consists of four sets of three bags for four players, but there are also variants for one or two players and even crossboccia sets that glow in the dark - great for a quick game in the park at a late hour.

Conclusion: Little ones will definitely have fun with this game because the bags are so much lighter than boccia balls.

Ogo Sport: Train Your Reflexes!

Ogo Sport: Train Your Reflexes!

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Another addictive game from the US. You won’t need a lot of space to play this game with friends or family of (almost) all ages. The set includes two discs made of mesh and a foam ring (similar to a frisbee) and a pom ball. As with badminton or beach ball, you hit the ball back and forth. The mesh in the disc acts as a trampoline and hurls the ball back. The pom ball stops moving once it hits the ground, so it doesn’t disturb other beach visitors and won’t roll out into the street from the backyard.

Conclusion: Ogo is not only fun, it also trains motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The Ogo discs also work great as a frisbee.

Nerf Sports Aero Howler Football: Howling through the Air

Nerf Sports Aero Howler Football: Howling through the Air

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Play catch with two, three or four people. Every game is double the fun with this Aero Howler Football from Nerf. This foam toy is named after the whistling sound it creates when thrown in the air. Once you’ve found your favourite throwing technique you can have hours of fun with this simple, yet classic toy.

Conclusion: The material is pleasant and grips well. With a little practice and perseverance, even little ones can become professional throwers.