With the summer holidays just around the corner, if you can’t afford to take your children away for a couple of weeks, chances are you’ll be spending much of the time in the garden.
Keeping them occupied for six weeks or so is a challenge, but chose the right outdoor garden games and you have won half the battle.
We have chosen a range of outdoor games, all promising different levels of excitement. There are games which will wear your children out, and others that are a little more chilled out.
When choosing your outdoor garden games, go for good quality workmanship and easy storage for when you need to put it away.
Here are our recommendations for the best outdoor garden games:
Bullet Ball – £11.99
A simple but effective game for two here that can be played in the garden, the park or on the beach. Keep the bullet ball moving along the rope as fast as you can.
Wooden Cricket Set – £12.00
This set contains everything you need to find England’s new Test Cricket Captain. Made from solid pine, so it will last you years, it contains one wooden cricket bat, four wooden stumps and a tennis ball.
Snakes and Ladders Garden Game – £12.00
Another good quality set here from Dunelm that features the classic game of snakes and ladders, but in a format that you can play outdoors. The playing mat is made with wood and is wipe clean and you get the one mat, two dice and four counters.
George Home 2 in 1 Sports Set – £20.00
This is amazing value for money, two games are included here, badminton and volleyball. You get the net which is suitable for both games, four racquets, two shuttlecocks and one volleyball. Great value here for two games.
Twister Picnic Blanket – £22.52
Kill two birds with one stone by brushing the crumbs off this picnic blanket after your picnic to play the classic game of Twister. The blanket is an actual official Twister product and has a waterproof backing so you can lay it down on any surface. The spinner is attached as a keyring and the whole set is carried by a strap that wraps around the blanket. Be warned, it is a little smaller than the actual game.
Mookie Toys Tail Ball Net Set – £23.99
This is a brand new version of the popular Tail Ball game and features two surface bases, a net, the tail ball and two bats, all cleverly stored in the bases.
Swingball All Surface Pro Swingball – £34.99
Hours of fun with this swingball set. You can adjust the height which makes it ideal for young and older children, there is a real tennis ball on the end of the rope and the all-surface base allows you to play on any kind of surface.
Bex Giant Dominoes – £39.99
Some children prefer to play quieter games, ones where their sporting prowess is not on show. The main thing is to get these kinds of children out and into the garden, enjoying the fresh air. This giant domino set is made from bamboo wood and features 28 different dominoes, a woven storage bag and instructions.
Wooden 4-in-a-row Game: £49.99
A great game for all the family here, based on Connect 4, this is a much larger scale version that you can play outdoors. It measures 57 x 39cm frame and features large blue and yellow counters. Suitable for ages of 8 and upwards.
Rounders Set by Uber Games – £70
This is a game that will get everyone up on their feet and playing. It features everything you need for a decent game of rounders, from four bats, two leather balls, four white plastic posts with rubber bases, two mats and a fabric storage bag. There is also a smaller version of this set available for younger children and you can buy posts and clubs separately, ideal if you lose any.