Summer is creeping up upon us and the chance to get outside and enjoy the lighter, and warmer evenings is one that most of us are certainly looking forward to. Time spent with the family, with friends or simply by yourself takes on a different vibe to the one the darker, colder months possessed. For some, it is the perfect time to get your green fingers active, for others it’s BBQ season and nothing more. For others, it is the perfect opportunity for family fun and games.
With that in mind, we looked at some of the best games you could enjoy in your garden this summer.
First things to consider for summer garden games
Whilst our list will provide you with some amazing opportunities for garden games it would be worth checking the number of players needed, the age requirement and any installation instructions. You’d hate to unpack in front of your delighted children only to find that you haven’t the sufficient tools for set up or there won’t be enough people to play the game. Also consider if they are multi-use. Goingon holiday this year? Maybe the game can be taken with you! So, let’s discover the best options for this summer!
Why play out in the garden?
With iPhones and iPads, PlayStation and Xbox, Tiktok and Snapchat getting the kids attention, bringing them outside can often be a chore, however the benefits of enjoying the garden can be massive and it is worth illustrating this to your children and having the conversation among other parents. Time spent outdoors can increase life expectancy, reduce depression, and help stave off both diabetes and obesity. Let the kids know they could even create a TikTok of the games and who knows, you may end up with a viral video!
The best garden games for 2023
We picked 6 games for you to play in your garden this summer, the best thing is, most, if not all can be enjoyed by children as well as adults.
1. Giant Jenga
Jenga is an all-time classic and after perhaps spending the colder months playing the regular version indoors, why not enjoy the bigger version outside on your lawn! Suitable for 2 or more players, you can involve more or less as many people as you’d like although we suggest a 4-player game as the maximum.
Safe to play, tremendous fun and suitable for a wide range of ages, the giant Jenga is an easy to play sure fire summer hit. With foam and wooden versions available you can find one suitable for all age groups easily.
2. Giant Connect 4
Sticking with a similar theme of a huge version of a traditionally smaller indoor game, the giant connect 4 is a fantastic addition to your garden games for this summer. With a variety of games manufacturers creating their own iterations with similar names, there are stacks of available in varying styles. Classy wooden frames and hand painted tokens on some, durable, weatherproof plastics on others, this game can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages and played whatever the weather. Set up a family competition and find a summer champion perhaps!
3. Swing ball
It is an instant classic, and with it unlikely you have the space for a full tennis court in your back garden, swing ball is the cheap and fun alternative that means you don’t need to be asking for new balls, hire a court or accidently send the ball flying into someone elses game.
Search for an edition that has variable height settings so that all ages can enjoy and if you are considering it being a game for younger children only, consider one that comes with foam balls and smaller plastic racquets.
The base will likely need to be filled with water or sand to prevent any toppling over.
4. Nerf wars
This could be seen as an expensive option depending on how many bits of kit you want to buy but luckily several brands now manufacture similar foam bullet gun games that don’t dent the wallet too much.
With safe foam bullets and a huge array of guns, targets, and other equipment available, this fast becomes a game to enjoy in the garden that keeps the kids active as they run, dodge, hide and shoot their way to victory. With some variations of the guns being part of a tie in with brands like Fortnite, it keeps the kids connected to their favourite online entertainment but gets them away from the screens as they bound about replicating their video game heroes.
5. Ring Toss games
Similar to what you find at the funfair, these ring toss games don’t have to be set against you! With the aim of helping kids improve their accuracy, a fun, safe and easy to use game can be a great way to get the kids focused in the garden. Set challenges with prize rewards for the highest score or, for adults, incorporate a drinking game into your attempts at landing the ring on the pole!
Cheap to buy, suitable for use absolutely anywhere (indoors…perhaps not!) and open to your own rule interpretation, a ring toss game makes for a quick fix to summer boredom.
We love this one! No room for a volleyball court? No problem! This exciting game is a portable, volleyball type game. With a net that stands on the floor, one player serves the ball into the springy net and as the ball bounces up, the other players attempt to keep the rally going. Ideally for 2-4 players but you could squeeze a few more in if you wanted to. Possibly better for slightly older children and fun for adults. This game is great for the garden and the beach!
Which game are you choosing? Maybe you already have some of these and could top up with more for summer 2023! To get the best out of these games and not wear out your garden, play them on an Easigrass artificial lawn. Safe for kids of all ages, as well as being extremely low maintenance, an artificial lawn means you can keep the perfect green grass look all summer long. Environmentally friendly and perfect for pets too, you can enjoy your summer as much as everyone else without having to tend to any turf troubles! The benefits of artificial grass mean their summer is your summer!
Contact us today to find out more and see how we can transform your garden for Summer 2023.