Remember the good old days when we used to play draughts, tic tac toe, snakes and ladders, and hangman games? Oh, what fun they were! The awesome feeling when you would finally win the game and boasted about it for days! And let’s not forget the constant rivalry and the rush of adrenaline.
I was looking up similar nostalgic memories on the internet when I came across these ‘giant’ outdoor games. I was instantly taken! Not only they allowed me to refresh some of the best childhood memories, they turned out to be extremely fun. Whether it’s a group of kids, co-workers, friends or family, these humongous outdoor games are excellent for everyone. They have no age limit and will let you embrace the child inside you. Get some of these and make your summer vacations and parties outdoorsy, exciting, and full of happy laughter.
1. Elite Sportz Giant Card Games and Checkers
Card games and checkers are classic. Nothing can ever replace them. Well, they have been taken to the next level. Now you can play their giant versions wherever you want. Take it to the sandy beach picnic, set it up in your garden party or take it along with you on your holiday. The Checkers game come with a large microfiber mat, over-sized game pieces and a zip-up carry bag.
Thanks to their large size, the pieces are easier to clean up and carry, and you won’t have to worry about losing the small parts. The rug is reversible, and you can play tic-tac-toe on the opposite side. Coming to the jumbo cards – they are huge! They let you play the traditional card game with a twist. Giant card games and checkers make a great outdoor activity. Children learn to concentrate and polish their problem-solving skills. Take it to the next outdoor event, it will be HUGE hit!
2. Toysmith Giant Tic-Tac-Toe
Tic-Tac-Toe, or Naughts and Crosses if you prefer, is a simple game in which you have to place your Xs and Os strategically. It is pretty straightforward. How about a twist? Grab its giant version and make it much more exciting! The set includes large foam-based interlocking pieces, and five Xs and Os. Set it up on any flat surface and play away!
What’s more, you can also use it play hopscotch. While my nieces aren’t a big fan of naughts and crosses, they love the giant hopscotch. They are at it for hours, and sometimes I join in the fun as well. Ideal for children and jolly grown-ups, both tic-tac-toe and hopscotch make a great outdoor activity that will cheer you up and give you a much-needed physical activity.
3. Yard Games Giant Wooden Lawn Dice
Are you tired of lazing around the house? Is your partner slowly turning into a couch-potato? Is your child stuck in the digital world? Well, it’s high time to bring the change. Get them outside to play various types of fun-filled giant lawn dice game such as Yahtzee. Say no to the electronic world and video games and get the dose of warm sunshine. The dices are made from wood with smooth edges and surfaces. Yes, you won’t get a splinter. Change into your most comfortable summer attire and roll the dices to begin the fun. Perfect for picnics, outdoor birthday parties, BBQs or merely to brighten up a dull day.
4. Yard Games Giant 4 Connect in a Row
Want to make your parties more exciting? Giant 4 in a Row can help you! The blow-up version comes with a large, sturdy wooden board and colored pellets that will keep you busy all night long. If you and your friends enjoy games and teasing each other, it is guaranteed to provide you with many hours of fun and bursts of laughter. Even children will have a great time with it. It is a little noisy, but I guess it is worth the fun. You can set it up anywhere you want – from beaches and campsites to backyard and lounge. It comes with a carry bag to fit all the pieces.
5. Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers
A friend hosted a dinner party and introduced us to this amazing game of tumbling timbers! We came out of our shells and played it for hours. I must say we had a fantastic time. The game itself is simple. You build the tower with timbers on a flat surface, and once it is completed, you remove one block at a time. Be careful though. Don’t knock down the tower or you will lose! Due to its large size, the tower becomes quite tall which makes it much more interesting than the regular game. It come with a zip-up carry bag.
6. 28-Piece Giant Wood Dominoes Set
The tile-based activity is one of the most popular games played among friends and family. Block, draw, score, stack, spin or create, dominoes has various versions that won’t ever leave you bored. The giant version of dominoes further increases the fun-factor. Apart from all the fun, it is innovatively educational. Kids will learn color coordination, cooperation, and it will also help to improve their attention span. If you and your kids love backyard games, giant dominoes is a must addition.
7. HearthSong® Giant Bowling Game
Okay, this one is my favorite and we can’t have enough of it. Someone gifted it to us last year and since that day, we always take it out whenever there is an outdoor event. The inflatable, foldable bowling set is easy to set up and carry around. As it is portable and light in weight, you can take it anywhere you want. It is awesome for the whole family. Keep running around and giggle happily. If your kids are glued to tablets and phones, giant lawn bowling is an enjoyable activity that will keep them screen-free for hours. Besides kids, light-hearted adults can have a fine time bowling around the lawn.
8. Pressman Giant Pick Up Sticks
Do you want to enhance your physical and mental skills? The supersized pick-up sticks ensure you polish up your rusty tricks. The colorful sticks are made from wood and are thicker and longer than usual. Play with your grand-kids to bridge up the generation gap, help your students learn math and vocabulary without losing your temper, play with your colleagues to lighten up the atmosphere and have fun with your children in a productive way. Please note that these are not the lawn or garden alternatives, we don’t think there is one presently for outdoor. These are just bigger and longer pick-up sticks measuring 9 3/4 inches.
Pressman Giant Pick Up Sticks on Amazon 9 3/4 inches
9. Bubble Things Big Bubbles
Even if we tell off our kids for creating a soapy mess, we all secretly love blowing up bubbles and watching them float around the air with tiny little rainbows sparkling off them. What if I tell you there is a giant version of it? Now you can blow and send giant bubbles in various shapes flying into the sky. Amaze your kids, amuse your neighbors, and have a lot of fun. The bubbles last longer and evaporate slowly. The kit includes a 2.7 gallon of bubble juice and 90-inch woven loop wand. It is a must for any birthday party.
10. Cardinal Giant Uno Game
Only buy this if you are great at shuffling and hiding your cards well! As kids, my brother and I loved to play Uno. We always tried to steal a look at other person’s cards. I got the giant version of Uno for my brother and he had a big smile on his face when they opened the package. We had a great time! The cards are 7.5 x 2 x 10.5 inches, and besides the usual numbers, draw, reverse, skip and wild cards, it has a special card to switch hands with any player and three blank cards on which you can write your own rules. Take it the next party you go and have a colorful blast!
No matter how old you are, keep yourself active mentally and physically. If you are wondering how to make your next weekend a little more fun, try out these giant games. They will surely jazz things up. Have fun!