Outdoor Yard Games

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The kubb lawn game involves strategy and skill, as players try to knock down the game pieces by tossing dowels at them.

While it’s cold outside right now, spring and summer will be here before we know it, so why not gift the gift of spring and summer this holiday season.

Spending a warm afternoon with family and friends at the park or in the backyard is one of life’s simplest pleasures. To add to the joy of the sun in your face, a breeze in the air, great company, and some fine-tasting food, throw in some yard games. Yard games are a great way to relax, while at the same time participating in some physical activity, and these games are so much fun, nobody will even realize they’re getting exercise.

All of these games are easy to set up and play, yet have a degree of challenge, which can be varied depending on the players and other factors. In addition, they are constructed of beautifully crafted hardwood so they’re sturdy and well built, and they are compact so they travel well and store easily.

Rollors can be played on any flat ground surface and is a game of skill that requires a modest level of physical activity. The difficulty of play can be quickly varied depending on the age and skill level of the players, the degree of challenge desired, or other factors as decided by the players.

For more information and to order Rollors, visit Rollors.

Mölkky is a Finnish lawn tossing game that is sweeping the nation! This yard game provides hours of fun for the whole family. Perfect to take camping, tailgating or just out in the yard.

This unique game involves strategy and skill. The game is simple: Toss the throwing dowel underhand and knock over the skittles. Topple one skittle and get the amount of points branded on that skittle, topple multiple skittles and get the amount of points equaling the amount of skittles toppled. The first player to 50 wins!

Both children and adults will love Mölkky. In fact, it’s a great way for children to learn math skills and have fun at the same time!

Available at Yard Games.

Kubb (pronounced ‘KOOB’) is a Swedish lawn game said to have been played all the way back in the Viking Ages. Although the true kubb origins may be unknown, the kubb lawn game is well known throughout the world.

The kubb lawn game is a game involving strategy and skill. Toss the dowels underhand and topple your opponents kubb blocks. Topple all of their blocks, then the king, and your team is victorious! Kubb is typically played on grass, but it could also be played on sand, dirt or even snow. Kubb is perfect for any outdoor occasion and provides fun for all ages.

Available at Yard Games.

Snake Eyes
Snake eyes involves yard dice and a ring made out of rope. It’s simple yet challenging, and can be played by children and adults alike.

To play, set the game up similar to darts, with a single target ring and a throwing line to stand behind. Determine an appropriate line to throw from. Place the ring on the ground, about 10 feet away. Divide up into teams. Each team throws 6 dice per turn. Using your Snake Eyes Yard Dice, players toss the dice trying to get them to stay in the ring. Points are added up based on the value shown on the dice. The first team to reach 21 points or the team that rolls all ones – Snake Eyes – in a single turn, is the winner.

Available at Snake Eyes Yard Dice.

Need more gift ideas? The 2014 Capper’s Farmer Holiday Gift Guide has lots of great gifts for everyone on your list.