I've been looking for fun games that the whole family can play outdoors now that the weather is so good.
I don't want the kids staying indoors mooching around and I don't want to be stuck there either. Begone summertime blues!
When I say kids I mean all the way up to sprightly 99 year old youngsters.
As well as being amusing fun outdoor games for kids of all ages, these pastimes carry some life lessons for us - how to be a good loser for example, being part of a team, developing strategies. No bad things for the kids to learn while having really good fun.
I have looked for outside games that are suitable for different surfaces like grass, sand or dirt. They must be easy to transport - pick up and go.
And they must be easy to set up and play - no room for complicated chess moves here!
The following five hit the spot. They can be played on any surface and are easy to understand. Who hasn't enjoyed checkers at some time?
Even the little ones can play with a little help from their seniors. Try teaming Grandma or Grandpa up with little Tommy, then sit back and watch the havoc begin!
No need for stones or rocks nowadays. Modern Bocce are now made from poly-resin.
You get 4 x 3.5 inch red and 4 x 3.5 inch green balls with a 1.5 inch white ball in a carrying case. The colored balls are the Bocce and the white one is the Pallino.
With a convenient weather resistant carrying case with strong handles. The case measures 7 inches x 7 inches x 7 inches and can be ready to go when you are.
The 24 game pieces are plastic. 12 red and 12 black.
The rug measures 28 inches by 28 inches and made from a soft woven fabric.
Instructions printed on the rug itself so there are no excuses for loosing them.
Easy to cart around to friends houses, the beach or the back yard. Roll up your mat, gather your pieces and go.
There are poles at either end to stack your 42 rings on while they are not in use. Replacement rings are available from ELR-23201 should you loose a few.
Play in teams (especially with younger children) or against a solo opponent.
This is easy to assemble and made of strong yet lightweight plastic with rounded edges for safety.
Weighing 27.5 pounds this measures 47.6 inches long by 17.7 inches wide and is 46 inches high once assembled.
A carrying bag is available to buy as an extra.
A quick wash with warm water and soap will keep your game in tip top condition for years of fun to come.
The 3 inflatable darts are easy to throw and lightweight enough not to hurt should your aim not be too good. At almost 8 inches they are a good size for younger children to hold.
The 47 inch square mat is double sided. One side has a traditional looking dart board while the other side has a monster face.
When playing with this outside use to pegs provided to keep the mat from blowing away.
A 1 year warranty comes with this game.
Younger children might not have the body weight to power the launcher but previous customers say that children as young as 2 or 3 have played with this.
This set comes with 4 foam tipped plastic missiles to send two at a time up to 200 feet in the air, that's 20 stories high. You can send them up one at a time if no-one else is around to play with. Please remember to supervise small children as one customer found her toddler chewing the foam.
Set a challenge to players to try to catch their missile as it falls back down to earth.
Extra missiles are available to buy, some even with LCD lights but seem to only come in yellow. You might have to devise a way of telling them apart like tying a piece of ribbon on to one or adding colored sticky tape.