After cutting holes for the midget golf course, set in small flowerpots.

YOU don't have to have a priority number to enjoy the sunshine. And it isn't necessary to travel hundreds of miles to have a good time. Around the outside walls of your home, on the sundeck or roof, in the back yard, and along the driveway you can try your ingenuity at games that will provide hours of amusement for every member of your family as well as your guests. With a little bit of this and a little bit of that you can make a variety of games that will give you fun and exercise all summer long!

Home Made Outdoor Games

The following games, although improvised and by no means orthodox, have been thoroughly enjoyed by my friends and myself. If they are not quite suited to your needs, it is likely that you can make some variations that will be equally pleasing.

Midget Golf

Without disfiguring your lawn, you can convert it into a nine-hole golf course in about 15 minutes. The simplest layout is to place the holes around the base of a shade tree. Dig out the holes with a small tin can or a transplanting tool, carefully removing the grass and earth, which can be returned at the end of the game. Then force a small can or flowerpot into each one of the holes.

To Make The Game More Interesting, Scatter Hazards around the approaches to the holes. Shingles leaned against small rocks make good bunkers; other shingles driven endwise into the earth add difficulty to the approaches. Plant a numbered flag at each hole by tacking a small triangle of cardboard to a 9" stick and tapping the stick into the ground. Putter, niblick, and ball are the only other items needed for this amusing game. You can play it with partners or singly-each man for himself- adapting the ordinary rules of golf to your space or making up your own set of rules.

Dart Bowling

From a 3" bass plug or an oblong wood float you can quickly make a dart for playing a good muscle-bending game. First, remove any metal attachments such as guides and hooks. Drill a hole in one end 1/2" deep and cut two 1/2" deep slots in the other end in the form of an X. Cut the head from a small nail, drive the nail into the hole, and file to a sharp point. Bend two pieces of cardboard into the X to make a tail, the dimensions of the latter depending upon the size and weight of the dart.

Dart bowling

Dart bowling, at left, is a good scoring game. The dart is made from a bass plug or a wood float.

Place a numbered flag at each golf hole

Place a numbered flag at each golf hole. Small hazards will also add to the fun.

Small hazards will also add to the fun

Draw the target on a piece of cardboard tacked to a wooden board and nail the board to the side of a tree or building. You ask where does dart bowling come in ? If you place the target at a low elevation, squat on your toes, and toss the dart underhand, you will not only stretch unused muscles, but you'll afford yourself and your friends considerable amusement, especially if you use as the target some comical caricature or picture. If you prefer ordinary targets, they are easily made as shown below.

Just draw concentric circles on a piece of cardboard and you'll have a target for the dart game brickball This is a combination of bowling, underhand dart throwing, and miniature golf-believe it or not! Place four concrete blocks on the pavement in echelon but with the ends touching, as shown in the photo on the next page. Prop shingles or even cardboard so the ball will roll up the little incline into the holes. Take a squatting position about 12' from the target and try your luck, using a hand ball or other wooden or rubber ball small enough to enter the holes in the blocks. Assign target values to each pair of holes. Ordinary bricks will serve equally well if they are spaced far enough apart to receive the ball.

Just draw concentric circlesForel The player at the left aims

Forel The player at the left aims for a hole on this pint-sized golf course that can be laid out under a shade tree.


The only equipment needed for this game is a worn-out broom, a short lathlike stick, one nail, a few short boards 3/4 " thick, and a small amount of rosin. Cut off the broom handle and nail a 12" length of lath across the end. Whittle as many 6" disks as you wish from the boards. Coat your driveway with a thin layer of rosin and you are ready to play, using the same technique as in regular shuffleboard. It's a good idea to mark your target with chalk or paint if you want to keep score and really test your skill.

Bounce Tennis

All you need for this stroke-improving game is space equal to about one half of a standard court, and a wall. Chalk or paint the bare outline of a net on the wall; then mark lines representing half a court on the pavement or yard. This requires space approximately 27' by 39'. You can fudge a little on length, but not too much, if you are really serious about your game. Wood and Goddard in their Complete Book of Games suggest that you serve from behind the back line from the right, the first ball striking the wall on the left and bouncing back into the service court so your opponent can play it. Play the ball on the bounce or on the fly, changing sides after each serve. If you're practicing alone, let your conscience be your guide in scoring.

In brickball

In brickball, four hollow bricks are placed on the pavement with cardboard or shingles propped as shown in the photo above. The player then tries to score by rolling a ball into one of the holes.

Jumbo Rummy

Parties are much more fun when you can provide some laugh-provoking games. How about gin rummy or even solitaire? In themselves they are not humorous, but they become real merrymakers if you hand out oversize cards measuring 81/2" by 11" or more. Suggest that two of your guests play an exhibition game; then bring out the cards as a laugh surprise. Large cards may be purchased, but you can easily mark cardboard of the desired size.


This game is particularly fun for children. Circle an old wood or metal barrel hoop with some netting. Fasten the hoop to a backstop board measuring 2' by 3' and nail the board at a convenient height above the garage door. All your children need now is a ball to be all set for an afternoon of sport, exercise, and fun.

Giant Checkers

A large square of black-and-white checked linoleum will serve as a board, and large checkers can be easily whittled out of wood, or grocery-container lids may be painted. You can have a chess game for the more intellectual of your friends. Cut the chessmen from heavy cardboard and mount them on wooden blocks.

Card games played with giant cards will raise a good crop of laughs at parties, especially if you put on exhibition games

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