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Best Yard Games Reviewed & Rated for Quality

last updated Nov 27, 2018

Ahhhh summertime. Spending all your time outdoors, at the beach, pool, or camping surrounded by your family and friends. It is the good life. The life that everyone looks forward to all year long. One of the ways that this situation gets a little sweeter is by adding in awesome entertainment which you can fit into all the fun activities you are already doing and enhance them.

There are a couple of different ways in which to do that and here we are going to focus on yard games. Yard games add in a fun, challenging, active element to any party or gathering. They are typically good for people of all ages and varying skill levels. The rules aren’t super strict which allows for a little bit of variability and allows you to create your own fun. There really isn’t a much better way to get outside and get moving than by playing a game. Let’s go over some of the best available options.

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96.8
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99.3%
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98%
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96%
Value
95.8%
Portability
94.7%
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$59.99
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95.8
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98%
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96%
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95.7%
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95%
Portability
94.3%
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$19.77
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94.5
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97.6%
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95%
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94.9%
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93%
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92%
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$23.99
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$39.99
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92.8
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95.6%
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94%
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92.3%
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91.9%
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90%
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$13.99
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91.8
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95%
Ease of Use
93%
Weather Resistance
92.1%
Value
90%
Portability
88.7%
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$17.99
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90.5
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93.4%
Ease of Use
91.7%
Weather Resistance
90.2%
Value
89.1%
Portability
88%
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$79.99
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88.1
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91%
Ease of Use
90.2%
Weather Resistance
88%
Value
86%
Portability
85.4%
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$39.99
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87.3
Durability
90.8%
Ease of Use
89%
Weather Resistance
87.3%
Value
85.5%
Portability
84%
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$19.99
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85
Durability
88%
Ease of Use
86%
Weather Resistance
85.7%
Value
83.2%
Portability
82%
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$75.99
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Spikeball 3
  • Nite Ize Flashflight
  • Elite Ring Toss
  • Kan Jam
  • Champion Sports
  • MIDWAY MONSTERS
  • Giant Tumbling Timbers
  • GoSports Portable PVC
  • Haywire Group
  • Baden Champions
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Top 10 Picks

1. Spikeball 3

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
1. Spikeball 3
Durability
99.3
Ease of Use
98
Weather Resistance
96
Value
95.8
Portability
94.7
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$59.99
Pros:

Addictive once you start playing

Easy to set up and take apart

Adjustable to suit your specific level of ability

Fun for kids and adults

Cons:

Can be difficult to get the net tight enough initially

Replacement balls are expensive

Spike ball is a fun, yard game that will really get you moving. It was featured on Shark Tank and is loved by many. It is easy to learn out to play and you can play it virtually anywhere - the lawn, the beach, the basement, and even gym class. It is easily packed up and transported so you can play in your friend’s backyard too.

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Foldable Legs

The legs on the original spikeball set are foldable. What this means for you is that they are hearty and durable. If you slip and fall on them, no problem. They’ll fold and not break. They also allow you to make the net level on any surface whether it is level or not.

Get Active!

We all know how important it is to get active - and how hard that can seem to fit into your busy lifestyle. Spikeball allows you to do that in a fun way by playing with your friends in your yard. This yard game is as competitive as you want it to be - which means you can play hard and fast, or take it at a more leisurely rate. Either way, you’ll be having fun and burning calories. It is also great for active recovery if you are in between soccer or football games.

Cost and Value

For all of the benefits you get from having a Spikeball set in your life, it really is worth the cost. You will have to spend a chunk of money to purchase it initially, but it will last a long time and keep your kids, friends, and neighbors happy for many years. It will keep you active and healthy, so it is well worth the cost.

2. Nite Ize Flashflight

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.8
2. Nite Ize Flashflight
Durability
98
Ease of Use
96
Weather Resistance
95.7
Value
95
Portability
94.3
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$19.77
Pros:

Lights up all the way to the rim

Able to play when it is light or dark

Nicely weighted

Durable and lasts a long time

Cons:

Difficult to change the battery

Beware of knockoffs

This is not just another disc you can throw in your yard. If you love Ultimate Frisbee, you’ll love this disc. It is actually designed by professional Ultimate Frisbee player so it is properly sized and balanced for good long throws. The colors are bold and bright so it is good during the day and at night, when you typically can’t play frisbee.

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Patented LED Technology

This frisbee comes equipped with patented LED technology that will allow you to see your disc whether it is night or day. The colors are bright and bold and it comes in 4 different color options. The fiber optic array extends all the way to the rim so you can see the entire disc in the dark.

Designed by a Pro

A professional Ultimate Frisbee player designed this disc so it is perfectly weighted and balanced to ensure high flight quality. Your throws can be as straight and long as you are capable of making them. It weighs in at 185 grams and flies just like you would expect a non-illuminated quality disc to.

Cost and Value

As far as frisbees meant to be used as yard games goes, this one is top of the list in quality. It is balanced and you can play with it night or day. If may seem a bit expensive for simply a frisbee, but the lighting element makes it worth the extra money. Compared to other yard games on our list, this one is very near the bottom of the list price wise.

3. Elite Ring Toss

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.5
3. Elite Ring Toss
Durability
97.6
Ease of Use
95
Weather Resistance
94.9
Value
93
Portability
92
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$23.99
Pros:

Encourages kids to get outside and active

Helps with hand eye coordination

Comes with a no risk lifetime warranty

Pegs screw in so they stay put

Cons:

Rings are all the same color

Somewhat smaller than you might expect

This yard game is one that was specifically designed with kids in mind. It is similar to horseshoes but has rope rings that you toss onto pegs instead of the heavier, less safe adult version. It is easy to set up and take down so your children can do so all on their own whenever they feel like playing.

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Encourages Healthy Habits

We all know how important exercise and we also know how it is becoming increasingly hard to encourage it. This game does just that. It is a fun way for kids to get out and moving. They’ll enjoy it so much they won’t even realize it’s good for them. It also helps improve hand-eye coordination and thinking/problem-solving skills.

Complete Set

This yard game comes with everything that you need to get setup and playing. It includes a wood ring board that is sturdy and built to last. It also includes 5 rope rings and a bonus set of 10 plastic ones. The pegs are marked on the top with how many points each one is worth. To top it all off, it comes in a convenient carrying case that makes it easy to store and transport.

Cost and Value

For everything that you are getting here, this is absolutely a great deal for the price. You get quality constructed wooden parts with everything you need to play at a shockingly small price. It is not the cheapest on this list, but very nearly so, and definitely the cheapest if compared only to games that have several working parts that require setup. You and your kids will very much appreciate this purchase.

4. Kan Jam

4. Kan Jam
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Pros:

Very easy to set up and take down

Made of quality, weatherproof materials

Fast paced

Good for all ages

Cons:

Does not come with a bag to transport it in

Lighted version doesn’t reliably light or stay lit

This yard game is fun, easily transportable, and comparable to cornhole - except elevated into much more of a team sport. It can easily be set up anywhere - your backyard, the beach, even tailgating. It is small and compact and packs up easily.

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Made To Last

Kan Jam is proud to be made and manufactured in the USA. All of the materials used are top of the line and are meant to last a long time. The plastic “kans” will hold up to a lot of abuse and perhaps the best part is that it is completely weatherproof. It is durable and lightweight and you will love how long it will last you.

Flying Disc Game

A classic yard game involves throwing a frisbee around. It is easy and small and provides hours of fun. This yard game takes that up a notch and includes buckets to score points in. It is similar to cornhole, but ups the team sport feel and the competitiveness. It combines two well-loved yard games into one in a way that people of all ages will love.

Cost and Value

As far as price goes, this falls close to the cheapest end of the list. You won’t be spending too much and the quality and amount of entertainment you and your entire family will get out of this purchase makes it well worth the cost. Your money is well spent here.

5. Champion Sports

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.8
5. Champion Sports
Durability
95.6
Ease of Use
94
Weather Resistance
92.3
Value
91.9
Portability
90
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$13.99
Pros:

Lightweight and easy to throw for all age groups

Colors are bright and vibrant which makes them easy to see outdoors or indoors

Safe to play indoors

Quick and easy setup and take down

Cons:

Strong chemical smell when first opened

Pegs may get knocked over when the horseshoes are thrown hard from a longer distance

This yard game comes in the form of a rubber horseshoe set. All the traditionally very heavy pieces are made with rubber - center mats with pegs and the horseshoes themselves. This makes everything significantly lighter and gives it the ability to be played both indoors and outdoors. It is easy to set up and comes in bright vibrant colors.

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Designed for All Ages

Because this horseshoe set is made of rubber and is significantly lighter than a standard set, it is very easy to use for all age groups. It is light enough for younger children to use, but not so light that it is rendered useless when used by an adult.

Quick and Easy Setup

This set is easy enough to put together that even your child, who wants to play with it at any given moment, can set it up when and where they want. It is convenient to both setup and take down and you don’t have to worry about it ruining your hardwood floors if your child decides to set it up inside when you aren’t looking.

Cost and Value

You get a lot of fun for both children and adults with not a lot of money spend when you buy this yard game. It is all-inclusive and comes with everything you need to play. You will be pleased with the money that you spent, as will anyone else who wants to play a game of horseshoes.

6. MIDWAY MONSTERS

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.8
6. MIDWAY MONSTERS
Durability
95
Ease of Use
93
Weather Resistance
92.1
Value
90
Portability
88.7
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$17.99
Pros:

Easy to grip pieces

Great for indoor and outdoor use

Good for all ages

Mega tic tac toe requires strategy and makes you think

Cons:

Only two people can play at a time

Mat smells bad initially

This yard game is another excellent example of an inside game blown up and taken outside. It includes a reversible rug that has a checkers board on one side, and a Tic Tac Toe, and Mega Tic Tac Toe board on the other. You’ll get hours of fun playing on both sides.

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3 in 1

Do you get bored easily? Like to move from one game to the next pretty quickly? This is the yard game for you then! It is actually 3 games in 1. The reversible rug allows you to play checkers, standard tic tac toe, and completely change any tic tac toe strategy you have ever had by including mega tic tac toe. When you tire of one, just flip it over and play another!

Easy to Clean

One thing that can be worrisome about outdoor yard games is that they can get dirty. Fret not, this rug is machine washable. It is made of a blend of natural and synthetic fibers including cotton and wool and can simply be thrown into your washing machine whenever it needs it.

Cost and Value

This is one of the cheapest yard games on our list - which is an added bonus as it actually includes three games in one. It is simply a rug with checkers, so it is logical that it is quite inexpensive. You’ll get a lot of entertainment for the small price you pay here and won’t think twice about spending the money.

7. Giant Tumbling Timbers

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.5
7. Giant Tumbling Timbers
Durability
93.4
Ease of Use
91.7
Weather Resistance
90.2
Value
89.1
Portability
88
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$79.99
Pros:

Easy to set up

Includes a strong carrying case

Each timber is sanded and slightly beveled for a smoother feel and better playability

Good for both big parties or just a couple players

Cons:

Swell up and get deformed if exposed to water

Blocks are not 100% identical

Yard game is somewhat synonymous with “inside game made extra large and taken outside”. That is absolutely the case here with these giant tumbling timbers. Think life-sized Jenga and you get a good idea of how to play this game. It starts at 2 and a half feet tall but can get up to 5 feet tall, depending on experience.

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Strong Carrying Case Included

When you have 56 wooden blocks, you need something to carry them in. And it can’t just be a flimsy carrying case, you need a strong case that won’t have any trouble fitting and hauling them around. After all, you do want the ability to play when and wherever it is appropriate.

Everyone Can Play

The best part about this yard game is that it is suitable for all ages and abilities. Sure, you won’t have nearly as competitive of a game when you play with three-year-olds, but they can in fact still play. The blocks are easy to stack, safe, and perfect for whoever wants to get in on the action.

Cost and Value

This is one of the pricier yard games on our list. That is likely because it is all wood. Many of the games listed are made of PVC pipes and or material, but wood is more expensive and when the entire game is based on wood blocks, it is going to cost more. That being said, it is a good value and for the hours and hours of entertainment it’ll provide, you won’t be regretting this purchase for one minute.

8. GoSports Portable PVC

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.1
8. GoSports Portable PVC
Durability
91
Ease of Use
90.2
Weather Resistance
88
Value
86
Portability
85.4
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$39.99
Pros:

Perfect for all ages

Easy to learn and play

Easily fits into the carrying case

Good for travel

Cons:

Requires sand bean bags

Bean bags bounce back up off of the fabric if the target is missed, much like a trampoline

There are not many games like a good game of cornhole. This is a classic yard game that is loved and played by many, both old and young. This particular set is easy to set up and take down, very portable, and will provide hours upon hours of fun.

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Ultra Portable

This yard game is very easy to set up and take down. This can literally be accomplished in less than a minute - both targets! It comes in a carrying case which is great for storage, checking on an airplane, and transporting wherever you may want to take it. Game night never looked as good as it does with this GoSports Cornhole set.

Durable Construction

The material and PVC used in making this yard game is very durable. It is guaranteed to hold up to any toddler shenanigans as well as hard throws, though the bean bags may bounce back at you.

Cost and Value

For the hours of entertainment everyone will get from this yard game, it’s hard to go wrong at its price point. It is mid-range as far as price on this list is concerned and well worth its cost. Everyone loves a good game of cornhole, especially when it is very affordable.

9. Haywire Group

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.3
9. Haywire Group
Durability
90.8
Ease of Use
89
Weather Resistance
87.3
Value
85.5
Portability
84
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$19.99
Pros:

Great family game

Comes with everything you need to start playing

No set up or take down involved

Encourages getting active

Cons:

Only comes with 4 chickens

More bounce and laughs on cement than grass

Don’t judge a yard game by its name - this one is actually well-loved will provide hours of entertainment. You simply throw your chicken at the target until you get it there. Each flick counts as a point. You do this 9 times and the person who has the lowest score wins. Think mini golf, with chickens.

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Not as Easy as it Seems

Not so fast - this game is not quite as easy as it seems. The Chickens bounce and roll with every throw so while your initial throw may be close to the mark, you can never be quite sure what will happen when your chicken hits the ground. This makes for a lot of fun, and perhaps frustration, because you never really know what is going to happen until the chicken stops moving.

Levels the Playing Field

This game really appeals to the masses and won’t have a clear winner every time. Because you can’t predict where the chicken will land, it doesn’t really take any sort of athletic ability nor does your skill level matter. There are minimal rules so a lot of variation is bound to happen.

Cost and Value

This is one of the cheaper games on our list. It also happens to be one of the most versatile ones on our list. You don’t really have to have any sort of skills and any age group can play. It will get a lot of use and be well loved. Your money is well spent when you purchase this yard game.

10. Baden Champions

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85
10. Baden Champions
Durability
88
Ease of Use
86
Weather Resistance
85.7
Value
83.2
Portability
82
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Pros:

Comes with tournament grade racquets

Encourages everyone to get out and get active

Easy to store and transport

Built to last

Cons:

Shuttlecocks and racquets are not as high quality as the net

Grips unravel on the racquets

This Badminton set is well built and will provide a lot of fun and games in your yard all summer long. Everything is high quality from the net to the shuttlecocks to the tournament ready racquets. It is easy to set up and take down and comes with 3 shuttlecocks, 4 racquets, a net, and boundary lines.

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Highly Visible

Everything on this set is lined in bright yellow. The net and the boundary lines are a bright, optic yellow that will catch your competitions attention and give you a slight edge. Baden also took into account that some people just have to match so the racquets are the same yellow. The shuttlecocks are white, but that is very standard.

Easy to Set Up

The poles are made of heavy-duty, powder coated, adjustable aluminum that makes setting them up and taking them down a breeze. A storage case is also included with your purchase so it is very easy to store or take with you wherever you may want to set it up.

Cost and Value

This Badminton Set falls toward the high end of our Yard Games list price wise. There are a lot of pieces and components that you want to be high quality, and that simply costs more money. You will be very pleased with how much play you are able to get out of this set and be happy that you decided to splurge and spend a little more. It will be well worth it with how much longer this set will last you.

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Criteria Used in Choosing The Best Yard Game

Yard games can provide endless entertainment and really elevate your backyard, your camping trip, or a trip to the beach. They are designed to be played by the masses, both young and old, and don’t always cater to a specific skill set. Many of them are meant to get you out and active, which can be an incredibly important thing for everyone and can have lasting health benefits. There really isn’t a better way to include more activity in your life than by doing it in game form. This is something that nearly everyone can get onboard without having to be told twice or convinced that it is a good idea. When you bring your yard game to your next gathering, it will very likely be the highlight of the party and people will be begging for more. These are just a few reasons to get in on the yard game fun, and there are many more that we haven’t even touched on here. Now that you’ve seen the list of the best yard games available, how do you know which one is the best to buy for your specific situation? there are certain things you need to consider before making your purchase.

What Age Group Are You Appealing To?

There is a wide range of age groups with which yard games can appeal to. Some are great for all ages and the rules are flexible enough that there shouldn’t be too much issue if you are playing with 4-year-olds or 34-year-olds. However; you can certainly tailor your choice to fit the age that will most frequently be playing the game you purchase.

Something like spikeball is going to be a little bit better for an older crowd – think teenager and up. They can follow rules, play a game fairly competitively, and enjoy doing so. It might be a little more complicated for the younger crowd to understand and they likely wouldn’t be very successful at making it through a full game.

However; there are great options for the younger crowd as well. The rope ring toss is perfect – it mimics horseshoes but does so in a much lighter and safer option. Another similar option here is the rubber horseshoe set. This gives you the challenge that an adult can appreciate but also the ability for younger kids to enjoy it as well.

Skill Set

Something that goes along very closely with the age group that you are trying to appeal to, is the skill set that you are appealing to. This will obviously vary widely with both age and ability, and likely go hand in hand.

Some yard games require some sort of knowledge or athletic ability before playing. Take the lighted frisbee for example. Throwing a frisbee around is not the easiest thing to do if you’ve never done it before, and that’s not even talking about throwing it well. There is definitely a learning curve involved – one that can be frustrating and difficult if you aren’t committed to learning how to do it. However, it can come with a great reward if you know how, want to know how or love throwing a frisbee.

On the complete other end of the spectrum is the Flickin’ Chickens game. It requires absolutely no skill or strategy at all, simply the ability to go with the flow and laugh at how the chicken bounces and rolls. It doesn’t matter how good you are or may think you are, that chicken is going to go wherever it feels like and you’ll just have to be okay with it. No skills necessary here.

Spikeball and Badminton are closer to sports than yard games, even played with only a couple people. While this should not be a deterrent at all, it does mean that a certain athletic ability and/or skill set will go a long way. If you’ve never played before, the chances are pretty good that your first few rounds aren’t going to be pretty at all. You’ll get better with time though and likely learn to enjoy it the more you play it.

There are also some middle ground yard games – things like cornhole or horseshoes. While they don’t necessarily require you to possess a certain skill, the game will vary greatly depending on what skills you do have. They are more adaptable for people of all ages and athletic abilities.

Transportability

Most yard games are fairly easy to transport. They are meant to be played outside wherever you want to play them. Some days that may mean you are playing them in your very own backyard but the next day you may want to be playing with it on the beach or while out camping. The purpose of a yard game is largely defeated if you can’t carry it around with you.

Some will be more easily transported than others and this usually deals with the nature of the game itself. If it is designed as a few simple pieces that are meant to be picked up and put away after each use, then obviously it is super transportable. Many on this list fall into this category. Often, they even come with their own carrying case so that they are ready to go the second that you are.

There are some on this list, and many that aren’t, that are a little more difficult to carry around. Things like the Badminton set. While it does boast that it is easy to put up and take apart and even comes with its own carrying case, you may very often be tempted to leave that net up so that you don’t have to set it up again the next time you want to play. That may mean that when you are ready to go, your game may need a little extra work getting to that point.

Number of Players

Another important thing to consider is how many players you intend on having. This will obviously depend on the day and the specific event, but you likely have a good idea what you want to shoot for before you purchase. Most yard games are good for at least 2-4 players. The limiting factor in some cases may simply be the number of chickens, or beanbags available and is easily remedied by purchasing a couple sets, as long as cost isn’t a factor.

However; it is important to note that most yard games are designed to move reasonably quickly and as such, will have a quick turnover. This means that even if you can’t get everybody in on the first game, they will be able to jump in on a round two in not much time. This can actually be a good thing as it gives people a chance to learn if they’ve never played before, gives players a break if it is particularly active, and also allows for a more varied skill set throughout the various games.

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You Do Not Need A Big Yard

With the list we have here, you don't need a huge yard or even a lot of space. You will probably need more room for all of your friends!

Keep Games Clean

Since you are looking for yard games, I'm going to assume you will be playing in the grass. If you want your game to last and get the most life out of it, it's a good idea to always clean it as best you can when done playing.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What are yard games?
a:

They are games that can be played in your yard! They are typically based around something that can be thrown at some sort of target or a larger version of an indoor game.

q: Does this yard game come with a carrying case?
a:

Some do some don’t just make sure that you read any fine print before purchasing to know for sure.

q: Where can you buy yard games?
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Yard games can be found all over, really. Most big sporting stores or retail stores should have at least a small variety in stock. You’ll find more variety online, however.

q: Can you rent yard games?
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Yes, but it’s only a good idea if you are talking big expensive yard games like bounce houses or beer pong tables. You can get most normal sized everyday yard games at a reasonable enough price that makes it illogical to rent them.

q: What age group is this game meant for?
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Most games listed here are for all ages. Yard games are designed to be family-friendly and include everyone.

q: How many people can play this yard game?
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It varies widely between games. Most can accommodate at least 2-4 players and are designed to move fairly quickly so if there are more, it doesn’t take long to finish a game and you can take turns.