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Introduction to 10 Easy DIY Backyard Games

Cornhole -- also known as corn toss or bean bag toss -- takes up little space and can be played while still holding your plate of cake.

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If your summer isn't complete without the sounds of kids splashing in the pool, the smell of hot dogs cooking on the grill, and a few friends over to enjoy a sunny afternoon, you're not alone. Sixty percent of Americans are excited to fire up the grill this summer, and it should come as no surprise to any of us that roughly 38 percent of all the hot dogs sold in the U.S. are sold between Memorial Day -- considered the unofficial start of summer -- and Labor Day -- considered the last summer weekend. They're the third most popular food we like to grill, behind corn on the cob (No. 2) and cheeseburgers (No. 1) [source: Applegate]. But garden parties aren't only about the food; they're also about the company. Summer days are perfect for little-to-no-skill–needed lawn games with family and friends in the backyard, and we have 10 easy, do-it-yourself game suggestions beginning with the oddly-named pickleball (no actual pickles are involved, which means more for your plate).

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