Fun Yard Games To Play This Summer!

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Fun Yard Games To Play This Summer!

Summer……just saying the word makes me think of fun, relaxing times together as a family. It’s a time to make special memories that will last a lifetime.  And there is nothing better than getting outside in the evening after dinner and playing a game together.  You can even invite your neighbors to join in the fun!

Here are just a few that my family has enjoyed playing over the years:

Bean Bag Ladder Toss Game – Take a ladder from the garage and hang a sign from each rung with a number on it. Toss beanbags or a small ball through the different rungs to earn points.  The player with the most points at the end of the game wins (maybe do 5 – 10 rounds depending on the time allotted for playing).

Manhunt – Choose one to three players to be fugitives who hide while other players (called the hunters) count.  Count to 50.  Then the hunters try to find and then tag the fugitives.  Once tagged the fugitives must join the hunters side.  The last fugitive who has managed to avoid being tagged is the winner.

Glow in the Dark Bowling – Take 10 bottles of water and add a glow stick to each one.  Use them as bowling pins to bowl in the dark on your driveway. Use a hard ball like a basketball so that the pins will fall.

Blanket Relay – Take some old sheets or blankets (maybe even large towels) and pull your partner across the lawn.  Race with others doing the same.

Capture the Flag – Divide into two teams.  Each team has a designated territory and a flag (or item of your choice) on their base.  Players try to capture the other teams flag and make it back to their own home base without being tagged and before their team’s flag is stolen.  If tagged a player goes to “jail” until one of his teammates can tag him back into the game.

Pop the Balloons – Players have a balloon tied on each of their ankles.  Players run around and try to pop each other’s balloons using their feet only.  Whoever still has balloons intact the longest is the winner.

Lawn Twister – Spray circles on your lawn to look like a Twister board.  We just shout out the commands like this: “Charlie, left leg, blue!” “Tracy, right hand, green!”.  It’s fun and gets everyone laughing!

Freezer Shirts –  Wet a T-shirt for each person that will be playing the game and of course they must fit (kids can be big). Fold the shirts and put inside a zip lock bag.  Put them in the freezer.  When you are ready to play the game give each person their shirt.  The first person that can get their cold shirt on wins the game.

Kick the Can – One person (or a team of people if the group is large) is designated It and an empty can is placed in the open playing field. With eyes closed, It counts to an agreed upon number, and the other players run and hide. It then tries to find and tag each of the players, always keeping a watchful eye on the can. Any player who is tagged is sent to the “jail,” usually in plain sight of the can. The rest of the free players attempt to kick the can before being tagged out. If they can kick the can without being caught, they set all the captured players free.

And of course there are the store bought games that you can play, too!

As you can see, the fun is neverending!  There is no excuse to not get out there and play!  A family that plays together, stays together!

Happy Summer!  🙂

What fun games do you enjoy playing with your family?

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  1. I remember playing freeze tag as a kid. Or even Red Rover was a fun one. WOW, this brings back to many memories fo playing in the yard.

  2. I love bean bag races. Wow the balloon game sounds pretty fun too. I used to love when me and my cousins and neighborhood friends would gather and play in the yard during the summer. Those were the most fun days ever.

  3. These sound like so much fun. Most of them I’ve heard of or played at least a version of but the frozen shirt one is all new to me.

  4. I’ve never heard of most of these games, but they all sound like so much fun! We like any outdoor game that involves water on these hot summer days. The freezer shirt game looks like a winner in my book!

  5. This is an awesome list of ideas! I want to do the Glow in the Dark Bowling with the kids. They would love that!

  6. I love the glow in the dark bowling and freezer shirts! My kids always have a blast playing Manhunt!

  7. These are such fun ideas! I love that it gets kids outside again. I think I was the last generation to be playing outside until the street lights came on.

  8. I am saving this post for sure! Perfect things for the kids to do with their friends! I never have even heard of a lot of these fun games!

  9. Oh don’t forget jacks, Simone Says, and red light, green light! Oh just thinking about all the fun games I played as a kid. Great list you have here.

  10. I enjoy playing board games. This is a great list! I’m sure a lot of people will find this incredibly helpful. Sure to keep the kiddos entertained.

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