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13 Unique Lawn Games To Play This Summer

Because backyard BBQs are mostly about the games. This summer, let McDonald's prepare a new Bacon Clubhouse for you, and get back to the fun.

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1. Human Surfing

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It's quite simple. Line everyone up in two groups. One-by-one, "surf" over your rolling teammates until your entire team has taken a turn. First group to finish wins.

2. Giant Kerplunk


You probably won't find something like this in stores, so be prepared for a DIY afternoon before playing.

3. Outdoor / Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling

No, bowling isn't just an indoor game. And no, it's not just a daytime game. Find your 10 nearest empty water bottles, throw some glow sticks in them, and bowl the night away!

4. Anything That Features Big Dice

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Think of how many games you play that involve dice, and then think of the boring limitations of a game board! Yard dice will amplify any game.

5. Lawn Twister

If you're going to trim your lawn tomorrow, spend today spray painting your own board onto the grass. For one to infinity players, depending on your acreage.

6. Palikka

A standard "toss" challenge, this game is all about precision. Knock over one pin and you receive its respective points — knock over more than one pin, and you're only rewarded one point per pin knocked over. This one is for strategic types.

7. Giant Word Games

Again, bigger is better when you have room to spread out. You could even build your own word arena.

8. Viking Chess (aka Kubb)

This addictive game is about as basic as it gets — throw a stick at other sticks. Sink those sticks!

9. DIY Dunk Bucket

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No need to pay an expensive rental fee for the humiliating fun you know and love. You can make your own version of the dunking game with just a few household materials.

10. KanJam

This team game is all about shooting, blocking, and catching. So... yeah, basketball. But with way less capital investment.

11. Giant Horse Race Derby

Show off in front of the entire backyard with this mega-sized "Jeu de Course." Pair this gambling board with your giant dice, and you'll be in for BIG fun.

12. Sticks 'n' Cups

Eric Schmuttenmaer / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: akeg

The ultimate challenge of offense and defense, Sticks 'n' Cups requires some serious focus and skill. It's pretty simple to set up, but not simple to score.

13. And, of course, your unique variation of Cornhole.

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Be it classic, glow in the dark, or wedding themed, there's always a way to spice up "bags."