Backyard Life: 3 Old-Fashioned Games for Summer


This week, I was walking in the backyard with my family to talk about our garden plans for the year. As we walked around our corner garden plot, we noticed a stake in the ground meant for a game of horseshoes.

We hadn’t played the game outside in quite awhile, and we wondered where the metal horseshoes might be. Then, we noticed something rough underneath the soil next to the stake. The horseshoes were all there, buried under the overgrowth of our lawn!

Let’s Play Outside!

Once we unearthed all four of them, my dad started to play the age-old game. It all made for a good laugh, and it got me thinking about backyard games for the warm season. So, here are 3 old-fashioned games for your backyard this summer!

Horseshoes: 2-4 Players

What you’ll need:

  • 2 metal stakes
  • 4 metal horseshoes (game size)

How to play:

Place each stake at a distance of 40 feet apart from each other. With the stakes facing each other, mark a foul line three feet in front of each stake. When pitching a horseshoe, players are not allowed to cross the foul line.

For one-on-one games, each player takes turns pitching a shoe at the other player’s stake. For two-on-two, or team games, half of each team pitches at one stake and half the team pitches at the other. Each round consists of players tossing all four horseshoes, and then determining scores.

Horseshoes must be at least as close to the stake as the width of one horseshoe. The closest horseshoe to the stake receives one point. Ringers, or when the horseshoe completely encircles the stake, are worth 3 points. Points can go up to 40, and the team or individual with the most points at the end is the winner.

The object of the game is to get your horseshoe as close to the stake as possible in order to earn points. To learn more about the rules and game play for horseshoes, check out this Pinterest post on how to play horseshoes Enjoy!

Outdoor Bowling

What you’ll need: Outdoor Bowling Set

  • 10 Wooden Bowling Pins
  • 2 wooden bowling balls

Outdoor Bowling, not to be confused with Lawn Bowling or Bowls, is a fun way to bring the bowling alley to your backyard. The rules are the same as indoor bowling.

Set up the ten pins on the grass in your backyard in a pyramid formation, with the point facing you. Back up 60 feet (the size of a bowling lane), and toss the ball underhand to try to knock down the pins.

Each player gets two chances to bowl the ball during their turn, without moving the pins in between each throw.. The amount of pins they knock down (up to 10) is their total points for the round. When a player knocks down all pins in one throw, this is called a strike

Players play for ten rounds. At the last round, a player who strikes has the chance to put the pins back up and bowl one last time. After tallying points, the player with the most points at the end of the ten rounds wins.

Check out this set Outdoor Bowling set on Zulily!

Cornhole: 2-6 Players

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Cornhole Boards
  • 4 Cornhole Bags

Cornhole is a great outdoor game for kids and adults alike. The game is fairly simple. One-on-one players or two-on-two players each take turns tossing 16 ounce sacks of corn kernels towards each cornhole board. The boards are placed 33 feet apart, facing each other. The bottom of the board is the foul line.

3 points are awarded for getting the sack inside the hole, and one point is awarded for getting the sack on the board. The game ends when one player or team reaches 21 points or goes over 21 points, and they win.

Want to make your own cornhole boards? Check out this step-by-step guide!

Enjoy the outdoors this Summer with these fun games!

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