The ultimate lawn game guide to get the kids outside this summer

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It’s no secret that prying the kids away from screens to get some time outdoors can be tough. Lawn games are a great way to get the kids outside to have some fun with the whole family.

The beauty of these lawn games is that they can be enjoyed by big kids and little kids alike (the big kids can also play them with a beer in hand). So fire up the BBQ, grab your favourite beverage and invite the neighbours around – these lawn games are sure to be a hit with all ages.

Lawn game 1 – Finska

Based on a traditional Finnish log-tossing lawn game, Finska is played in two teams with up to eight players. Players take turns throwing a log at pins standing vertically on the lawn and points are assigned to each pin. The aim of the game is to be the first team to get to fifty points, without going over fifty points. Requiring strategy, hand-eye coordination and mathematical skill, Finska will keep the kids entertained for hours. Finska is best played on a lawn that is flat and healthy as lawns with holes or divets will make it difficult to stand the pins up straight. If your backyard is not lawn game ready, check out our blog on the most common summer lawn problems and how to fix them. 

Lawn game 2 – Cornhole

The objective of the game is simple: throw a bean-bag filled with corn into a hole. The result is an addictive game that’s perfect for the whole family. Cornhole is played with two boards placed at either end of the lawn. The boards each have a hole in them and teams take turns throwing their bag at the other team’s board. Teams receive three points for getting the bag into the cornhole and one point if the bag hits the board. Simple yet so much fun!

Lawn game 3 – Croquet

While croquet may conjure up images of lord and ladies eating cucumber sandwiches on the lawn, it’s actually a game that everyone can play! Played by two to six players, a course of six hoops are set up on the lawn. Croquet is played in two teams and players take turns hitting the ball through the hoops. The game’s objective is to be the first team to complete the course. Give croquet a go and get the family outside for a lovely afternoon (cucumber sandwiches are optional).  

Lawn game 4 – Giant Jenga

Giant Jenga: just like regular Jenga but bigger, better and made for outdoor fun! Rectangular blocks of wood are set up in a tower formation. You will need a flat surface for this, so find a level object to stack the blocks if you’re playing on the lawn. Each player selects a block to try to remove from the tower. The block that was removed then must be placed on top of the tower without knocking it over. It’s nail-biting fun for the whole family, just make sure you’re not under the blocks when the tower falls!

So there you have it, lawn games that will offer hours of fun for the whole family these summer holidays. If you’re after a backyard game that is a little more active, check out our blog on the ultimate guide to backyard cricket.

Looking to get your lawn in shape for some backyard family fun? Contact Go Turf today for a quote or speak to our friendly team on 1300 781 175.

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