Top 5 Games to Play this Summer
Summer is a season for sun, laughter and a whole lot of fun and what better way to spend those summer days than with a good old outdoor yard game.
14:01 30 June 2021
The only thing which makes an outdoor game even more fun is an oversized or life-size version of it. Some favourite yard games have taken it to the next level and turned into giant versions, bringing the ultimate experience together with a great day planned with family and friends.
If you are wanting to add some giant games to your summer barbeques, then take a look at our top five favourite giant outdoor games, suitable for the whole family.
1. GIANT JENGA
Jenga is a well-known and loved game all around the world and although the anxiety can truly set in when you are a few levels in, it is always a whole lot of fun. Jenga has now transformed into a giant version where the blocks pile up almost to your own height. Stand in front of your life-size Jenga and see how far you and your friends can go before toppling this tower over. Whether it is for an intimate family gathering or barbeque or perhaps for a special occasion or event, there are different ways you can get your hands on a giant Jenga set. You could try researching game rental companies that specialise in hiring our outdoor game sets for your occasion or you can get the kids and family involved in a super fun and creative DIY project by making your very own giant Jenga blocks. One thing to remember is that playing giant Jenga can be a little dangerous depending on the weight and size of your Jenga blocks. If you are not careful, you could have one of those blocks land on your foot, and that is no fun.
2. GIANT NOUGHTS AND CROSSES
Otherwise known as Tic Tac Toe and usually played with pen and paper, the noughts and crosses game is a strategy and tactical game which requires two players, who play either X or O, to jot and place down three of their markings in a diagonal, horizontal or vertical line before the other player. The grid is set up on a 3x3 grid and the first player to get a straight line of their markings wins. The strategy comes into play when you need to try and block your opponent from getting their marking down in line but don’t get too caught up in blocking your opponent that you forget about your own strategy. Now you can enjoy this game on a much larger scale by creating or making your own giant grid and cardboard cut-out markings to make a life-size version of noughts and crosses to play in the garden or on the lawn.
3. GIANT CHESS
For those ultimate chess game enthusiasts, imagine taking your favourite strategy game and turning it into the ultimate lawn chess battle. You can convert your entire lawn or back garden into a giant chessboard and stand beside each of your life-size chess pieces. Although a little challenging to make yourself due to the details of each of your chess pieces; if you are looking to add a giant chess game to your list of outdoor fun activities for the family, there are loads of giant chess games to buy online or even hire. Many special occasions and weddings have chosen to add the giant chess game to their décor and entertainment for guests. Yard games such as this is a great way to break the ice at an event and to bring some fun into what is usually a very serious strategy game.
4. GIANT TENPIN BOWLING
Tenpin bowling is a super fun game to play with friends and family. The aim of the game is to roll the ball down the alley or playing lane to try and get as many, if not all, the ten pins to fall down. There are various scoring points to earn with each scenario and with the number of tenpins you are able to knock down on each turn. When you knock down all of your tenpins, which is known as a strike and the highest-earning turn in the game. Tenpin bowling can also be enjoyed on a much larger scale with inflatable tenpin bowling sets on the market. This allows you to inflate the oversized tenpins and set them out in your garden or on the lawn and get the whole family to enjoy a giant game of tenpin bowling.
5. GIANT SNAKES AND LADDERS
If you are looking for something for the children to enjoy this summer and perhaps one of the all-time favourites, then why not consider grabbing giant life-size snakes and ladders board game. The snakes and ladders game can turn into so much fun and almost an interactive experience as the life-size printed game sheet spreads out like a gaming blanket across the lawn and with your inflatable giant dice, you can take your turn by foot and climb down the ladders or slide over to the next block by using your whole body. This is especially a lot of fun for children’s parties or to keep the kids occupied during the summer holidays.
If you really want to get creative this summer, try to think of all the games you enjoy playing outdoors and see which ones you can turn into a giant version.