Best Summer Yard Games

Courtney & Kylee

Oh, what to do in the summer time! So many options. So little time. One of our family’s favorite yard games is possibly the most basic game known to man. We lived in Ohio for several years during which time we became well acquainted with Corn Hole. I had never seen the game prior to our tenure in the Buckeye State. But, once initiated, it became part of our leisure time repertoire. I think I enjoy it so much because of it’s sheer simplicity. Toss a bean bag at the opposing target. That’s about it. No mental or physical gymnastics required. What’s awesome about playing Corn Hole is that you can actually visit and chat while playing. I love that. It’s a social opportunity as much as a game. Sign me up! You can even play one handed. Hot dog in one hand and bean bag in the other. Don’t laugh. I’ve seen it done!



What Courtney loves about Corn Hole:

  • Simple to play. Just toss a bean bag.
  • Minimal setup. We can set up the two targets and be ready to play in about 10 minutes.
  • Easy scoring. Can you count to 11?
  • There’s a portable sized version for tailgating and taking along to the beach or family picnic.


What Courtney hates about Corn Hole:

  • Try as I might, sometimes I can’t get that silly bean bag in the stupid hole!!!


Courtney’s rating on Corn Hole: Love it! 💖  


My favorite yard game is actually fairly new to me. Last year for Christmas my husband and I got a game that I had never heard of before. It’s called Kubb (pronounced like Koob) and the best way I can think to describe it is like horseshoes on crack. The most basic way to describe it is two teams take turns throwing dowels at each other’s blocks to knock them down without disturbing the Kingpin. With a few extra rules and quirks thrown in, it’s actually much harder than it sounds but lots of fun. It’s fairly straight forward and like Monopoly, could last as short as 10 minutes or could drag on for half an hour! It’s definitely a great game.


Photo from Amazon.com


What Kylee loves about Kubb:

  • It’s simple but challenging enough to entertain 5 year olds to 70 year olds!
  • It doesn’t require a lot of physical prowess, so again, great for all ages and athletic types.
  • In most cases, the game comes with wooden blocks that you can customize and paint to your liking.


What Kylee hates about Kubb:

  • It does require a fairly large and flat playing space which can be difficult in some yards.
  • As stated above, the game can sometimes go on endlessly so you just end up calling it.


Kylee’s rating: Love it! 💖

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