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Great Backyard Games for the Whole Family

Aug 17, 2007
What could be nicer than having a nice weekend at home have a picnic and then getting up for some great backyard games. Backyards are great for holding mini games for kids and even adults. They allow the uninhibited space of the outdoors and the privacy of your own home. There are lots of fun games you could play in your backyard. Here are a few games you and your family are sure to enjoy.

1. Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a timeless hopping game that has been with us for centuries. The goal of the game is to make a diagram on the ground which players have to hop into correctly to advance. Although there are hundreds of diagrams to choose from, you could settle for your favorite ones instead. Players take turns hopping through squares that are marked 1 to 8. Players should use one foot unless the square indicates otherwise. Some variations of the game require the players to pick up markers from each square. This game if open to many variations and still retains the fun and excitement of the original.

2. Backyard Sports

Some sports can be played in your backyard. Sports such as badminton, flag football, and backyard basketball can prove to be worth an afternoon of fun for most families. Equipment for such can be pricey or economical; you might have to do a little research on them before purchasing.

3. Duck, Duck Goose

This is only one of a plethora of backyard chasing games you could play in your backyard. In this game, players form a circle sitting on the ground facing one other. The it walks around tapping the other players heads and proclaiming them either a duck or a goose. Once a person is tagged as a goose, he must chase the it around the circle before the it can sit in the place where the goose used to sit. If he is unable to do so, he becomes the it for the next round.

4. Dodgeball

If your backyard has enough space, dodge would prove to be a timeless, fun, and exciting sport to play. Two teams play this game. The it team will have players on both sides of the field, while the other team will have players in the middle of the field. The it teams goal is to hit the other teams member with a ball. If the player is hit, he has to leave the field. The game goes on until there are no more players in the middle field, then the teams switch. Teams could implement a scoring competition based on such.

5. Baby If You Love Me Smile

For those who are not looking for an athletic afternoon, this game will fit the bill. Have the players form a circle and put one it in the middle. The it then approaches the other players and asks them Honey, If You Love Me Smile. The player approached should reply Honey, I Love You, But I Just Cant Smile. The goal of the it is to make the player smile while saying this. The it may do a variety of funny faces and other strategies as long as there is no contact. Or, if the players agree, allow limited physical contact.
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