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The winter season is about to end, and the sun will soon come out again. The long evenings and warm weather are surely the perfect timing to enjoy some outdoor activities with family and friends. But what if it is too far or tedious to hit the beach or go on camping?

Well, worry no more, we have got you covered! Backyard games never get old. Here are some classic, old-fashioned games that can help you pass the time outside and give that screen time break.

Giant Jenga

Jenga Giant JS7 (Stacks to Over 5 feet) Precision-Crafted, Premium Hardwood Game with Heavy-Duty Carry Bag (Authentic Jenga Brand Game)
  • The biggest authentic hardwood Jenga game ever sold!
  • At setup, starts at 26 inches high, and can stack to over 5 feet high in play!
  • Anticipation Builds to a Crashing Climax!
  • 54 precision-crafted premium hardwood 7.15" X 2.38" X 1.43" blocks, Each one nearly 15 times the volume of a classic Jenga block

The mechanics are exactly like regular Jenga… the only difference is its massive size! The game still puts a lot of pressure on its players, but this 19-level timber is without a doubt fun and exciting to play. From tabletop to lawn gaming, this giant Jenga can stand up to two and a half feet tall. But take note, the size can double during play.

The larger format is a good way to enjoy outdoor gatherings. It is perfect for young and old gamers alike. The game sounds easy to play, but the blocks have a lot of challenges to bring. There are 54 wooden blocks that have random variations. All you do is stack these bars by three and alternate their directions in a perpendicular manner.

After which, each player will try and remove each block until you can’t remove any more. The person who built the tower makes the first move. But listen, if the tower or any parts collapse, you lose!

Its large blocks make this giant Jenga versatile to play. However, putting it away and setting it up can be cumbersome. Also, its best to be played on somewhere concrete, as grass surface is not that stable.


  • Good for big gatherings
  • Heavy duty Jenga giant carry bag for storage and transport
  • Two extra blocks for added height



  • Bulky to set up and store


GoSports Premium Croquet Set

Kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy this classic croquet game. The setup is pretty much like creating a golf course, where wickets are placed on the ground. All you need to do is hit the ball through the hoops in the right sequence in each direction and hit them against the center peg.

The set is enough for six people as it includes six color mallets, six balls, nine wickets, two end posts, and a rule book. The handles of the mallet are in full 35-inch size so it can be used by players of all sizes. The handles also come with a comfortable grip for control and convenience. The mallets are made from no cheap materials. They are crafted from premium hardwoods. It also boasts of a sleek, modern design that will look great on any backyard.


  • Mallets made from premium wood
  • Great for adults and kids
  • Can accommodate even tall players
  • Has soft grip handles
  • Good value for the price



  • Leather-wrapped handles


St. Pierre American Professional Series Horseshoes

St. Pierre American Professional Series Horseshoes Complete Set: Includes 4 Horseshoes, 24-inch Solid Steel Stakes, Official Rulebook, and Black Plastic Tote
  • WORLD CLASS DESIGN - Made in the USA and designed by a World Champion Horseshoe pitcher, this horseshoes unique shape places it a cut above the rest.
  • RUGGED AND DURABLE - 4 forged steel American horseshoes (Blue and Gray) and 2 solid steel 24-inch stakes are built to withstand even the harshest weather conditions.
  • PACKED WITH AWESOME FEATURES - These NHPA-approved horseshoes have more weight forged into the toe calks (tips) to improve balance and control as well as a tapered leading edge so the shoes can slide into the stake easily.
  • PITCH LIKE THE PROS - This world class horseshoe design has longer tips to grab the stake and a ringer breaker to rotate the shoe. Whats more, it has a finger positioner so you can hold it like the pros.

This tossing at the target type of game is a great outdoor activity for a group of 2 to 4 people (2 on 2 usually). The mechanic is quite simple, but the game is still challenging to do. There are four horseshoes that are tossed back and forth between two stakes that are placed on the lawn or in a sandbox, 40 inches apart.

Each player from the two teams takes alternate turns to throw both of their horseshoes at stakes. When all four horseshoes are thrown, it is called an inning. At each inning, only one team gets a score. The points are based on who throws the horseshoes closest to the pin. The first group to get 21 points wins the game.

This premium set is designed for those who are serious about the game. It comes with four pieces of NHPA-approved heavy forged-metal horseshoes, two solid steel stakes, a handbook, and a sturdy plastic carrying case.


  • Made in the US
  • Tapered leading edge so shoes can easily slide to the stake
  • Ringer breaker to rotate the shoes



  • Poles are too short


Elite Ring Toss

Regardless if you are playing with just two people or a huge crowd, the Elite Ring Toss will give everyone an unforgettable experience. Specifically designed for kids, this yard game promotes hand-eye coordination and helps kids develop gross and fine motor skills.

The mechanic of the game is almost the same as the horseshoes, but this uses rope rings that are tossed onto pegs instead. This makes it safer and easier for kids compared with the horseshoes.

The Elite Ring Toss also comes with everything you need. It has a sturdy wood ring board, five rope rings, and some extra 10 plastic rings. Each peg has point markings too so you can easily tally the scores you will earn.


  • Helps with hand-eye coordination
  • No-risk lifetime warranty
  • Screwed in pegs so it stays in place



  • Smaller than the actual thing


Jazzminton Paddle Ball Game

Jazzminton Paddle Ball Game with Carry Bag - Indoor Outdoor Toy - Play at The Beach, Lawn or Backyard - 2 Wooden Racquets - 4 Shuttlecocks - 1 Ball
  • FULL SET INCLUDES: 2 fluorescent wooden paddles, 1 ball and 4 birdies; 2 red birdies for slow play, 2 yellow for fast and a durable carry bag. Jazzminton paddle game is an exciting, fast paced outdoor game for kids and adults. Get outdoors with Jazzminton and have a blast
  • QUALITY MATERIAL: Paddles are 7-layer plywood with water resistant paint and moisture wicking soft rippled foam grip handles for comfort and long lasting use. This racquet game combines the best of pickle ball, badminton, tennis and ping pong in to one extremely fun all-season game
  • RELIABLE BIRDIES: Our shuttlecocks are made from real feathers that are attached with water resistant glue to ensure nothing breaks if playing at the pool, beach or even if it rains. Great for improving coordination, motor skills and keeps you active away from phones, TV’s and video games
  • BEST OF ITS KIND: Jazzminton Paddle Ball has 5 versions to choose from for whatever indoor or outdoor occasion you are looking for; Ages 6+, the fluorescent paddle is 12.8” (32.5cm) long and 7.3” (18.6cm) wide

From the name itself, this is exactly like the badminton game but with a little twist. Instead of hitting shuttlecocks and using rackets, this action-packed yard game involves a feather birdie and paddles. The game includes two players who are between 5 and 30 feet apart. They need to hit the birdie back and forth to one another without dropping it.

This cross between badminton and beach paddle ball is definitely a fast-paced but totally fun game to play whether indoor or outdoor. It encourages exercise and promotes hand-eye coordination development. It is recommended for ages 6 years and above.


  • Water-resistant pieces
  • Comes with a travel pouch
  • Patented LED birdies available for play at night



  • Feathers easily come off


KanJam Ultimate Disc Game

With the recent rise in popularity of Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee’s Golf, Frisbee enthusiasts will surely find this game quite exciting. However, KanJam Ultimate Disc Game is more than just flying a disc as it is designed to target cans. This 2-on-2 game requires players of each team to try to score in the opposing net (or can).

The thrower stands behind one can, while the deflector partner stands beside the opposite can, which is 50 feet away. The thrower tosses the disc and targets the opening of the opposite can.

On the other hand, the deflector is allowed to help direct the disc and alter the throw to give the team a higher chance of getting more points. The first team to score 21 points is declared as the winner. But want an instant and sure win? Easy! Just do a perfect throw and toss your disc directly through the small slot found in the can.

Whether you are young or old and an amateur or a pro, you are welcome to play KanJam. The set includes a KanJam disc and two durable, lightweight cans. PS: For kids, moving the cans closer to a distance of around 16 feet part will work better.


  • Any flying disc or Frisbee will do
  • Collapsible cans for easy storing
  • Can be played at the beach, campsite, or park
  • Glow-in-the-dark disc and translucent cans set also available for night play



  • Unreliable or weak lights for the illuminated version


Bucketball or Yard Pong

You have probably been living under the rocks if you have never heard about Beer Pong before, or really, just Pong of any kind, like Ping Pong. Does this ring a bell to you know? As obvious as it sounds, but the general thrust of bucketball has something to do with buckets and balls.

The gameplay includes a set of six blue and six orange buckets. The buckets of each color are set up in a triangular formation, with the sets around 15 to 25 feet apart from each other.

The same rules are applied as a normal pong. Players from each team attempt to throw a ball into the buckets of the opposing team. If your opponent makes a shot, that bucket is removed or stacked inside another bucket. The first team to toss the ball in all six buckets win! PS Filling the buckets with some water is recommended to stabilize them.


  • Comes with portable, stacking buckets
  • Carrying case available
  • For ages 6 years and older



  • Buckets need a weighted substance to prevent tipping easily



First appeared on the famous American reality TV series Shark Tank, Spikeball is like a twisted version of 2-on-2 volleyball. But it involves heavier and more spikes, tricks, drop shots, and dive.

This beach and park game revolves on a mini trampoline-style net. But here, the ball is not hit over a net but onto the net. The ball will ricochet off of the net giving the opposing team a chance to return it.

Teams try to hit the ball up to three times before they must return the ball or hit the net. The team who cannot hit the ball off the net before it hits the ground will lose the point.

Unlike volleyball though, both teams can use the entire area around the trampoline to play. In short, there are no sides or boundaries. The first team to reach 21 points win the game. Also, everyone serves registers a point.

The game is pretty intense to play, but it can give you that effective dose of outdoor exercise while having fun.


  • Easy to setup
  • Strong and sturdy construction
  • A heavy and thick net system with ridges
  • Suitable even for a small backyard



  • Tightening the net is difficult at first


Himal Portable Corn Hole Game

Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards With 8 Cornhole Bean Bags (3 x 2-feet)
  • [INNOVATION DESIGN] Exclusive innovative design, this Bean Bag Game can be assembled very quickly by flicking and sticking and stored very easy by tearing and stacking with a small footprint and meeting every needs in the portable travel.
  • [LIGHT WEIGHT AND PORTABLE] With a weight of 2 kg and a length of 11inch*11inch*4inch after folding, this Corn Hole Boards are more lightweight and portable than other Cornhole Game in the market. A handy and funny Bean Bag Toss Game in indoor, outdoor and travelling activities.
  • [STRONG AND DURABLE] Made by the high elastic flat wire, which can be folded for more than 1000 times.Fabrics with anti-skid treatment handle the issue of bags skid on surface effectively.By 300D poly fabric makes it durable and tear-resistant.
  • [MOST COST-EFFECTIVE] Two 3' x 2' Cornhole Boards(Non-match size), 8 CornHole Bags and carrying case.All Cornhole Game pieces included.

This classic game has been a family favorite for years. It is fun and competitive but has simple rules that anyone can easily understand and play regardless of athletic ability. With just PVC pipes and fittings to assemble, you really do not need to be a mad scientist at all.

To play the game, you just have to toss the bags into the hole. The bag cancels out one another so to secure a good score, target on getting as many on the top of the board as possible. The player who has the best aims is declared as the winner.  


  • Stackable for easy storage
  • Best in portability
  • Easy to set up and disassemble
  • Bang for the bucks
  • Lightweight



  • Board is not as rugged as others


GoSports Ladder Game

GoSports Pro Grade Ladder Toss Indoor/Outdoor Game Set with 6 Soft Rubber Bolo Balls, Travel Carrying Case and Score Trackers, Black
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED: Set includes 2 targets with score trackers, 6 rubber bolos, carrying case & rules
  • FASTEST ASSEMBLY PVC targets are pre glued so assembly takes under 2 minutes, compared to 10+ minutes for competing sets
  • KID FRIENDLY: Soft rubber bolos are kid friendly and great for Indoors and the extra thick string prevents tangles
  • PREMIUM CONSTRCUTION: PVC tubes are 50 percent thicker than the leading economy set PVC has been upgraded as of August 2017

Sometimes called ladder golf, bolo ball, or Polish Horseshoes, the ladder game is a popular and fun indoor and outdoor game with a simple rulebook to follow. It may only involve some tossing, but the challenge is on mastering your techniques.

This 2-on-2 game involves tossing “bolos” (rubber golf balls attached to a 12-inch long string) towards the target ladders from an agreed distance (usually 15 feet). The ladder consists of three rungs (top, middle, and bottom), and each rung has a corresponding score.

The points are tallied after each round, and a mark is given only for bolos that were not knocked off from the ladder. The team to score exactly 21 points takes home the bacon.

The set includes a PVC ladder ball targets, 3 red and 3 blue bolos with thick rope, a rule book, and a carrying case. Young or old players can definitely join in the fun of throwing bolos towards the ladder. This activity is great for family reunions, summer outings, etc.


  • Sturdy and durable
  • Easy to assemble and store
  • Comes in a zip-up carrying case
  • Bolos are made from a real golf ball



  • Light PVC targets


Backyard games are a great excuse to take advantage of and enjoy the warm and sunny weather. All the games above will definitely give you lots of fun.

They are also the best way to encourage everyone to take their time off from social media and mingle with actual people. They can help sharpen your skills and allow you to participate in healthy competitions every now and then.

Overall, regardless if you plan to spike some bolos, pull blocks, or toss balls, these aforementioned backyard games are great for your next outdoor activity.