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I’m a sucker for lawn games – when I see a bright colored ball by the checkout line, or a wiffle ball set, I usually put it in my basket. We are always entertaining friends with their kiddos and balls just seem to fit the bill for outdoor fun.

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I bought this wood bin from a vintage store – we weren’t sure what it was, the store owner had no idea either – perhaps it was a feeder? I decided it would be a great place to store our lawn games! When Mr. Wonderful (who is from Illinois and grew up on a farm) brought it out of my car and dragged it to the backyard he said, “You know on the farm, what we call this? Junk.”

We both thought it was funny that nowadays farm “junk” is a city dweller’s must-have.

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Lawn games and toys we use

  • Butterfly nets
  • Sidewalk chalk – the larger the better
  • Frisbee
  • Wood dice
  • Lawn bowling
  • Bocce ball (without a proper bocce ball court)
  • Horse shoes
  • Badminton

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Tips on picking the right lawn games

  1. Check out the dollar bins at the store or at your local hardware store by the checkout line.
  2. Search Craigslist or at vintage stores – our very worn bocce balls are from Italy!
  3. Think of all ages – soft small balls for toddlers, bigger balls and wiffle ball for kids and horseshoe and the like for the big kids!

Here are some more ideas for lawn inspiration by bloggers.

  • Additional toys that don’t fit we have a basket that has the air pump to inflate the big balls, and additional things like the baseball bats or things that should stay out of the sun when not in use.

 

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This tree swing also seems to be a hit with the kids, and myself at times. I think our 60+ year old grapefruit tree loves it – it’s like her giving tree swing.

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A few weeks ago we had friends and their kiddos over, 15 total and played with every lawn game, along with made up games – like tag while running with ice cream sandwiches. We also had a mini-Easter egg hunt which the kids loved. After some rough play areas, with horse shoe and the like, we sometimes find bare spots on our lawn. We also have trickier spots that are shady in our yard that have a hard time growing grass.

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Scotts® EZ Seed® Sun and Shade isn’t just grass seed, it’s a bare spot repair product – ideal for the wear and tear areas that are busy traffic areas or say, you played a lot of lawn games in that one spot. One container will cover up to 85 square ft. You should use gloves when applying. It’s so easy, you just gently rake the bare spot on the grass, sprinkle it on, and water it until it’s saturated – preferably with a watering can so it’s gentle and won’t shift the EZ Seed® around. I picked it up at Walmart along with all the food we provided.

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We served up hot doggies, mac and cheese for the kiddos with chips and guac, and tacos and burritos for the adults. I just wish I prepped the day before so I had more time to be outside – we just had a crazy week so it was all I could do. Maybe next time we’ll just order pizza.

Encourage play

Before guests come I like to set up a little – spread the toys out so they’re ready to kick the ball, draw on the sidewalk with chalk, or set up bug nets against the fence (make sure you have enough for each kid just in case they all want one).

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