10 Easy DIY Backyard Games


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Crazy Croquet
If your croquet game has enough panache, royalty may stop by for a game. © Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage

Croquet was once thought to be a scandalous game, one of the first where men and women could play together -- so naturally, it was banned at one time. No longer worried about couples canoodling in the bushes, creative croquet players have taken the game beyond what you'd normally play in your yard; cross the game of croquet with a game of miniature golf and you get a hybrid called crazy croquet.

Croquet is a lawn game where balls are hit through wickets -- and so is crazy croquet. A crazy game can be played with the balls, mallets, posts and wickets in a single croquet set (additional sets may be needed if you plan to play with a big group), but it's played on an obstacle course with ramps and plateaus built from random objects such as plywood, bricks or rocks you've collected.

Author's Note: 10 Easy DIY Backyard Games

When I was growing up, we had a few outdoor games to play in the backyard during every summer vacation; baseball, badminton and of course the Slip'n Slide -- but all of these games require your full attention. As an adult, games that can be played while holding a small plate of food or a drink seem much more appealing for summer party fun, and I especially want to try crazy croquet.

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