Whether you're hosting friends and family for an outdoor barbeque or you and a loved one are just looking to spend some time out back, having a few activities to pass time time can go a long way. There's a long list of games you might want to try this summer.
Not only will these games be great for making a memory with visiting friends or grandchildren, they also represent an exciting way to get a little bit of physical exercise for seniors. None of the activities on this list are especially taxing on the body, but they all will encourage a certain level of dexterity and mobility. Likewise, many of the games demand a bit of focus and finesse.
Some games may require a trip to the store, while others can be done with minimal prep and equipment. With so many sunny afternoons to enjoy in the weeks ahead, you should have plenty of time to find your favorite.
At face value, this game may look relatively simple, but the rules and nuance quickly make this a very cerebral pursuit. Played with eight bean bags and two wooden game boards, teammates alternate trying to throw the bags onto the board or into a hole at the top. You may decide on your own point system and rules for who shoots when.
Cornhole boards can be bought at many different locations, but for anyone looking for a project, a homemade set works equally well. According to the Do It Yourself Network, most boards are made of pressure-treated plywood that is two feet wide and four feet long. A hole that is six inches in diameter should be cut a few inches away from the edge at the top of the board. You'll want to attach legs such that the top sits about 8 inches above the ground, and some folks may reinforce the edges with siding.
2. Anything with a Flying Disc
A good plastic flying disc is perfect because it lends itself to so many different activities. Next time you head to the store, there will undoubtedly find a few games that require players to toss a disc at targets or in a little hole.
For anyone with a larger backyard, playing golf with a disc is an excellent use of space. Identify targets that are a decent distance away, and just like a regular golf course, establish a reasonable par, or number of throws it should take to reach the target.
3. Ladder Golf
This is another game where looks can be deceiving. Opponents try to gentle toss two golf balls that are tied together and have it land or wrap around a plastic stand. There are three rungs on each stand that carry a specific point value.
Though this is an activity that is great to play with your grandchildren, you may find it to be tantalizingly difficult. For that reason, ladder golf is perfect for having some competitive fun.
4. Nighttime Bowling
Buzzfeed found that this is another fantastic lawn game because it also represents an opportunity for some arts and crafts. Take ten 2-liter soda bottles and fill them almost completely with water, leaving a few inches of space. Next, drop a glow stick into the bottle and secure the cap. These will serve as your bowling pins.
Set up a lane in the yard, and use a soccer ball to try and knock them down. Keep score with chalk on the driveway or quickly print out a few scoring sheets. Your grandchildren will love this fun game, but even older adults will likely get in on the action.
As USA Today reported, croquet still remains on of the best and most beloved games to play in the backyard. For seniors who may have played a number of games of croquet over the years, this is another opportunity for some good-natured competition.
There are a number of different varieties of croquet as well. Some folks may switch up the number of wickets , while others may have preferred rules when it comes to stroke counts and the placement of the pioneer. Regardless, this remains one of the most simple games to get the hang of.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living