Playing games with family and friends can be a great equalizer. If there’s a game that kids can win against adult opponents, victory is so much sweeter. For this Independence Day holiday, try out some games that anyone can play and win. The celebration on the Fourth of July shouldn’t only be fireworks!
1: Exploding Kittens
This game reached its crowdfunding goal in less than ten minutes for a good reason. Everyone loves kittens, and everyone loves exploding kittens. Kids and adults of all ages will love the whimsical drawings and funny cards. The game combines some skill with chance so even the youngest player can win. After the kids are in bed you can break out the NSFW deck for the adults.
2: Glow Stick Beach Volleyball
All ages can play this version of volleyball after dark. The beach ball is easier to bat around while being more unpredictable and fun. Pick up a large pack of glow stick bracelets and make sure everyone involved has one around each wrist and ankle. Crack a few more glow sticks and slide them into a beach ball through the inflating spout. Then inflate and get playing. Buy a few of these beach balls, as sometimes an overzealous overhand slap or kick can pop one.
3: Water Balloon Basket Toss
It’s not a 4th of July party without water balloons. Gather up some plastic storage baskets; the kind with holes around all sides. Use these for a water balloon toss during the hot afternoon. Have players hold the baskets on top of their heads as partners try to throw water balloons into the basket from a specified distance. Start close up and move further away until you get some exclamations accompanying water balloon showers or pair up different sized kids and adults to make it even more challenging. Count up how many each partnership is able to save in order to determine the winner.
4: Red, White and Blue Tag
Split up into two teams. Hand out red, white and blue poker chips (one per person) to one team and have them line up along the edge of a yard or green area. The other team stands in the middle of the yard and attempts to “tag” those who have poker chips as they cross the yard to the far side. Players give their chips to the person who tags them and is “out.” Players continue to cross back to the opposite side until all players are out, or until one of the taggers is able to collect one of each color chip: red, white and blue. Switch roles and start the game again for hours of fun before the fireworks start.
This backyard game is growing rapidly in popularity. It consists of a net tightly-drawn across a plastic circular frame. Then it works like volleyball, only instead of knocking the ball over the net, you spike it on the springy net. You can pass the ball to your teammates using any part of your body, and the extra cool thing about Spikeball is that all four players can move around the net freely, rather than being divided into two sides. If it hits the ground after you’ve successfully bounced it off the net, the point is yours.
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