Do you or your family need a break from computer screens, TV, and social media?  Want to unplug for a while?  With the days getting warmer and the nights getting shorter consider outdoor lawn games as a family friendly way to enjoy some fresh air and have some fun.  Lawn games are a great way to get the family moving and can provide many teachable moments as well as create lasting memories.  

You don’t need to have a special occasion in order to enjoy lawn games with your family.  But when hosting events such as family reunions and summer bbq’s , lawn games provide a great source of entertainment for all ages.  In fact, Lawn games are even becoming a popular trend for summer weddings.

Here is a list of some tried and true lawn games that are fun for every age:

Croquet:  This game is still a favorite among the generations.  You do need to have a croquet set which includes plastic or wooden balls, hoops (often called wickets) and a mallet.  The game involves hitting the balls through the hoops which are embedded in the lawn with the mallet. There are several variations of the game that can be played with differing scoring systems, order of shots, and layout.

Horseshoes:  This old fashioned game can be played by 2 individuals or 2 teams.  Players alternate turns tossing horseshoes at a stake (Typically two stakes set in the ground 40’ apart).  If the horseshoe goes around the stake, it is a ringer and nets three points.  If no ringers are thrown, the closest horseshoe to the stake gets one point.  The first person or team to 21 wins.

Corn Hole:  This unique games involves two people or sets of teams tossing bean bags onto a slanted board with a hole in the middle.  One point is given for every bag that lands on the board and three points for a bag in the hole.  The team with the most points is awarded the difference between their points and the other teams points.  For example if Team A gets 5 points and the other team 3, team A is awarded 2 points for that round.  The object of the game is to reach 21 points before the other team does. 
Some other great yard games include:  Badminton, Ring Toss, and Bocce Ball.

If you are looking for some fun yard games for the younger generation that doesn’t need any special equipment consider these old fashioned favorites:

Mother May I:  One child is chosen to be the “mother”, “father” or “captain”.  The other children stand at a distance in a line.  Each child takes a turn asking the mother if they may make certain movement (i.e. “Mother may I take three bunny hops?”)  If the child forgets to say, “Mother may I”, they must return to the starting line.  The “mother” either says, “Yes, you may”, or “No, you may not but you may…instead”.  The first person to reah the mother wins and becomes the mother for the next round.

Simon Says:  One child is designated “Simon” and stands in front of the rest of the group of children.  Simon issues commands for the players to follow such as, “Simon says touch your nose”.  The children must follow only commands preceded by the phrase, “Simon says.”  If Simon says, “Pat your belly”, any players who follow that direction is out of the game.  The winner is the last person still in play.

Red Light, Green Light:  One child is designated to be the “stop light” and stands at a distance from the other children, who are in a line.  When the stop light says, “Green light”, everyone moves forward.  When the stop light says “Red Light”, the children must stop immediately or return to the starting point.  The first child to reach the stop light becomes the stop light for the next round.

Some other fun games for kids include:  Red Rover, Sly Fox, Leap Frog, Duck Duck Goose, and various versions of tag.

Lawn games are a great way to get out and play on the lawn rather than just look at it.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we understand your concern for environmentally safe lawn care.  It is our priority to give you both a beautiful lawn and a safe, friendly environment for you, your family, and your pets to play on.

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