It’s time to teach your kids about good, old-fashioned lawn games. These games will pop up throughout your children’s lives and during adulthood. If they go to an outdoor barbecue or a friend’s birthday party, these games will be there. These traditional games help pass the time from appetizers to dinner and from dinner to dessert. They’re great ice breakers, too, and will help your kids learn how to make friends. Who hasn’t made a friend over a competitive game of cornhole? Of course, the games also teach more concrete skills, like hand-eye coordination and even math.
We rounded up the best outdoor lawn games for kids. Two of our picks are particularly low-impact, and our last pick involves a lot of running, so you better make sure you’re wearing good shoes. Two of the games are for kids of an any age while the running one is recommended for kids ages 8 and up. All of them involve strategy and movement, which will entice the kids away from the electronics and to these fun, interactive games. Even you will enjoy taking part in these games. You might get a little competitive with your kids, especially if they beat you at ring toss or capture the flag.
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1. Champion Sports SBS1SET Scoop Ball Set
Your kids will get a kick out of this classic game. This set comes with six multi-colored scoops and six matching wiffle balls. Kids can learn how to play this new version of catch at almost any age. They’ll be learning hand-eye coordination and fine-tuning their motor skills. Plus, this exercise isn’t strenuous by any means, so you won’t have to hit the showers after.
2. Yard Games Ring Toss Game
Get a little competitive with this low-impact ring toss game. You get five rope tossing rings, which each have color markers so you can differentiate who’s playing, and a wooden frame. It all comes packed neatly in a nylon bag, so you can transport this game easily. In addition to testing your kids’ hand-eye coordination, you can also use this as an opportunity to work on their math skills to figure out who won.
3. Capture the Flag REDUX
If your kids are less-than-entertained by croquet and want to run out all of their energy, check out this cool twist on Capture the Flag. As the sun is setting, you can show them this glow-in-the-dark game. The “flags” have turned into two light-up balls and the bases and jails are red glow-in-the-dark squares. Each player wears a green or blue wrist-band, depending what team they’re on. A total of 20 players can take part in this fun game, including adults.