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More than cornhole: Toss games for your next get-together

Lawn games aren’t just for kids. There are toss games for adults that are fun for all ages and are perfect to have on hand during your next outdoor family barbecue or summer party with friends. The good news is that if you find yourself in the market for a lawn game, there are tons of options out there to purchase or have an online shop owner (Etsy is a good place) make a custom one on your behalf.

While summertime outdoor games of yesterday were relegated to badminton and croquet, today the market is flooded with so many options at all price points, so you are sure to find one that speaks to you. What’s more, studies have shown that engaging in playful activities through adulthood lowers stress and improves cognitive functions (and it’s just plain fun).

people playing bocce ball

Let the good times roll

Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition among friends? Bean Bag Bucketz is similar to arcade Skeeball but in tower form and with bean bags. It’s portable, lightweight, and durable, so you can play with family, friends, and neighbors at the beach, backyard, or on the driveway. The object is to get to 21 points. The game can be played with 16 players, so it’s ideal for large gatherings.

For those who want to relive their college days, there’s a giant Yard Pong set on Amazon for under $40. It comes with balls, buckets, and a carrying case, so it’s easily moveable to the beach, backyard, or wherever the mood strikes. Beer sold separately.

No summer get together is the same without bocce ball. It’s easy to learn and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. It can be played with two to eight players and is the perfect addition to any backyard party.

If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, you may cringe at this next one, but I assure you, this version is much safer than the lawn darts of your childhood. This glow-in-the-dark version comes with darts and a ring that you can see long after the sun goes down. The weighted bottom is curved, not the stab-you-in-the-thigh version, so it’s safe for everyone to play.

If you’re looking for a statement piece for your next barbecue, check out this customizable cornhole set from Etsy shop ShopCornhole. You pick the color, custom design, and even the bag color (this set comes with eight), and it ships ready to play. You’re going to pay for the design ($209 plus shipping), but it’s a gorgeous addition to any backyard.

Finally, everyone loves a good game of Yahtzee, so why not supersize it to play outdoors and call it Yardzee? This set from Amazon is just under $70, but you can find ones cheaper if you look. This set includes six solid wood jumbo dice, five large reusable score cards, a wooden bucket for storage, and a marker for a complete yard dice set.

family playing corn hole

A few considerations

Before you purchase anything, consider the amount of storage space you have. Most of these can be broken down and stored in the bag they come in. Some lawn games can take up quite a bit of space in your garage or storage room, so it’s always a good idea to have a home for it in mind.

The best part is that all these games can be played by all age groups. The rules are easy to learn, and the materials are durable, so they stand up to weather, sun, and any other elements in your backyard (with the exception of dogs who like to bite things). Bottom line? These lawn games will put the fun in your next gathering no matter which one you choose.

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