As temperatures climb and the sun shines brighter and later, everyone is looking for ways to have some summer fun. Whether you're headed to the beach, the park, or your own backyard, you'll need something to keep you occupied. Cue lawn games!
To help you find outdoor games you can enjoy all summer, Chief Toy Officer of Toy Insider Laurie Schact joined Hoda & Jenna to share her favorite lawn games for people of all ages. Whether you're looking to channel your competitive spirit in a game of cornhole or want to try your hand at giant Jenga, Schact has recommendations for everyone.
Keep reading to check out all seven of Schact's lawn game picks from larger-than-life dominoes to the paddle game Koosh.
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If you smell hotdogs and burgers, there's likely a game of cornhole close by. This cornhole set includes eight bean bags and a set of cornhole boards decorated with American flag graphics. Schact says the boards' classic clear finish makes them "perfect for sliding it in for 3 points!"
If you're looking to take your cornhole skills to the next level, this lawn game is for you. The masterminds behind BattleChip combined golf and cornhole to create a game with nine "holes of action." If you hit the board at all, you get one point. But if you land your ball in the back hole, you'll earn five points! Though the game does not include golf clubs, Schact recommends using a Wedge, Sand Wedge or Lob Wedge for best results
Cross Strike is a brand new lawn game that challenges players' accuracy and strategy skills. Though the game includes instructions for multiple modes of gameplay, each method involves using bean bags to rotate the game's planks to the right colors. Schact says players can use alternate gameplay option cards to further customize the competition. Up to four players can enjoy this game all summer long.
Schact recommends this paddle playset for those who know how to have fun in all weather conditions. The set, which is currently on sale for nearly 25% on Amazon, can be used solo or in pairs. Simply grab a paddle, a colorful Koosh ball, and head outside. If you struggle with hand-eye coordination, don't worry! Koosh creators designed the ball to make catching easier.
This disk launcher isn't your ordinary lawn game. After loading the hand-held launcher with mini disks, you can launch the disks up to 100 feet in the air. Schact says it's as easy as pulling the launcher's ripcord and letting go. The toy is even available in a glow in the dark version.
When it comes to giant Jenga, bigger really is better — and more fun! The starting height begins at 26 inches and can be stacked over five feet high. A total of 54 blocks are included in the set and each block is nearly 15 times larger than a classic Jenga block. According to Schact, this set is great for indoor and outdoor play!
Schact loves RampShot's Bounce lawn game because players of all ages can enjoy it. After gathering a group of two or four, players work in pairs to score points by tossing and catching the game's racquetball-style balls. Schact says grooves on the ramps cause unpredictable bounces and fun!
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This personalized picnic blanket is the perfect form of entertainment when lounging in the yard, on the beach or even in the park. The blanket features four classic board games including checkers, tic-tac-toe, dots and bullseye. One side of the blanket is a soft fleece while the other is a waterproof polyester shell. While game pieces are not included, you can use anything to play, from stones and seashells to toothpicks.
A fun and easy game for the whole family, this collapsible set is perfect for barbecues, picnics, parties and more. Compared to traditional boards, these are much easier to store and set up. To start playing the game, you simply have to unzip and slide in the fixing rod and you will be good to go in minutes.
This inflatable soccer set brings backyard fun to the next level. When deflated, this set is easily portable so you can bring the active fun with you wherever you go. Along with the bright blue and orange goal, this set also comes with an inflatable soccer ball, a net and four ground stakes.
If you prefer to get on your competitive spirit in a less active way, these yard dominoes are for you. Each of the set's 28 dominos are handmade from pine wood in Minneapolis, MN. One reviewer said, "These dominoes are a super addition to our family fun. Ours kiddos really enjoy them; enough to get them off their phones! They are beautifully made and robust. Great family fun! Highly recommend!"