Most lawn games are simple to learn and require little or no set-up. Versions of lawn games can be traced back to ancient Egypt, when the Egyptians played a form of bocce with polished rocks. Games range from traditional horseshoes to modern disc golf and the cost of equipment can range from a few dollars to several hundred. Most lawn games are appropriate for all members of the family.
Play Like the Romans
The game of bocce dates back to ancient Rome, when Romans used coconuts from Africa for the bocce balls. Though bocce is traditionally played in a court, lawn bocce can be played on any grass surface. Bocce can be played by two individuals or teams. The game is played with one small ball, called the pallino, and four larger bocce balls per team. The pallino is thrown first and becomes the target. Players take turns tossing their bocce balls at the pallino. The team with the closest ball wins.
Get Lucky with Horseshoes
Though tournament play has specific rules for a horseshoe court, a backyard game really just needs two spikes and horseshoes for play. The game can be played by two players or teams. Each player tosses two horseshoes at the grounded spike. Horseshoes that make it around the spike are called ringers and score three points, while horseshoes that fall within 6 inches are scored as single points.
Feel Like Royalty
Croquet is a traditional backyard game, played by royalty and everyday people alike. Croquet sets are sold complete with mallets, wickets and balls. A croquet court consists of nine wickets and two stakes fashioned into a large diamond shape. Players must move their balls through the wickets with their mallets, scoring a point for each wicket and stake made in the correct order and direction.
Launch a Disc
Disc golf was invented in the 1970s and is growing in popularity. Disc golf is essentially golf that is played with flying discs instead of golf balls and clubs. The object of the game is to fly your disc as close to the target as possible, in as few tosses as possible. A disc golf course can be set up in a large backyard or neighborhood park, with flags or signs used as the targets. Players fly their discs in turns and the game is scored the same as golf.