8 Classic Outdoor Games with a Modern Twist

Your favorite childhood games are still in style and they’ve gotten a chic upgrade. From the backyard lawn to the campsite, let the games begin!

Johanna Silver
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Giddy Up

L.L.Bean has offered horseshoes since 1927, when their founder told customers to "put a pair of stakes out near your camp or cottage and note how quickly your place becomes popular.” We couldn’t agree more.
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Right on the Mark

Thought you had to go to summer camp to practice archery? Think again! Get the whole gang set up with this easy-to-string bow, arrow, and target.
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Roll with It

Who needs a court? With this set, containing eight resin playing balls, one resin jack ball, rule book, and pine carrying-case, you can bring bocce anywhere.
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Impress everyone with this giant take on Jenga. The tower can reach over three feet tall by game’s end.
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Love You Like XO

Move this classic from pen and paper to life-size fun in the backyard. Each set comes with five wooden X’s and O’s plus a rope grid and carrying tote.
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Take a Swing

Mow the lawn, don some plaid, and throw a proper garden party. The finishing touch will be this croquet set, complete with 4 balls, 4 mallets, 9 wickets, 2 goal stakes, storage sack, canvas tote, and instruction book.
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Up the Ante

With instructions for 10 dice games, you can keep the good times rolling with these solid wood, hand-branded dice.
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Use found natural materials to create a lasting memory with a DIY sunprint kit.