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bowls, boules

Players take it in turns to roll their balls towards a smaller ball on the field. The one who gets closest wins.

Type: Sport
Platform: Outdoor
Players: 2 or more
Age: 3 plus
Game Time: 15 - 30 minutes

Tests hand-eye coordination

Requires good weather
Need garden space


bowls, boules

Professional bowls is traditionally played with heavy-weighted biased black balls, but you can buy family versions suitable for children. With the one I have, the balls are filled with water, and different colours so that you can tell each player's apart.

bowls, boules

You start by rolling a small black ball down the lawn. This is your target. Each player the takes it in turns to throw their two balls and try to get them as close as possible to the target.

Unlike a lot of games, the person who goes last actually has the advantage because they have the chance to knock their opponent's balls out of the way.

It is a great way to get the family socializing, but does require good weather and a long lawn. If you don't have the garden space, then you can take it to the park and play. Younger children should be allowed to stand closer to the target to make it fair.

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