Kubb: Family Backyard Game

To create “forever memories” with your family, consider making backyard games part of your family time. There are many games that are fun for children and adults of all ages.  You can find the materials and make them yourself, or purchase kits for them online or in stores.  Most games are portable, making them easy to take to family reunions, picnics, camping trips and other group outings.  Many games can be played by two players or two teams, making them great for families or groups of all sizes.




I was introduced to Kubb at a family reunion.  It was a beautiful day outside, the kids were running around and the adults wanted to visit, but not SIT and visit.  Out came Kubb.  Here are some of the things I like about this game:

  1. As long as you can throw a stick, you can play.  Play can include children AND adults.
  2. This can be a two-person game OR a group effort for up to 12 people (two teams of 6).
  3. The game pieces can be as simple or as fancy as you want to make or purchase.
  4. Kubb is flexible.  It can easily be paused or interrupted without having to begin all over again.
  5. Kubb can be played anywhere there are several yards of free space.  It can be grassy, rocky, sandy, hard-packed dirt or even ice and snow.  The different groundcovers, or lack thereof, make for lots of variety in play.

Description & Directions

Because I do not wish to re-invent the wheel, I will use a description from someone else because it is so well done.

“Kubb is best described as a combination of horseshoes and bowling.  The ultimate object of the game is to knock over the “King”, before your opponent does. Along the way, the game requires a mixture of strategy and skill. This combination of skill and strategy has led many to call the game “Viking Chess.” But unlike chess, and more like billiards, knocking the king down early causes you to lose the game! “

Directions can be read, printed or downloaded h

ere.  It also offers ideas for variations in play.

Or, if you prefer, this site offers directions with LOTS of illustrations, for those of you who (like me) need lots of pictures.

Instructions for making this game yourself

Kubb game pieces can be made from things you already have available.  It can be as simple or fancy as you wish.  My personal set is made from tree branches with the bark left on.  The 10 Kubbs are made from the same width tree branch.  The King is made from a branch of a wider diameter.  The throwing sticks and corner pins are made from a large dowel, in my case an old stairway railing piece.  Fence posts and reclaimed wood are also options.

Instructions for making your own game are available here or you can purchase a pre-made set from the following places:

You can make forever memories right in your own backyard.  Backyard games are a great way to facilitate those special family moments together.  Happy playing!




  1. 1
    Jessica Beard says:

    Thanks for sharing this game with me. I’ve never heard of it. I’m going to research it a little more so my family can play.

  2. 2
    Jennifer Young says:

    This game looks like a lot of fun! We are always looking for new games to play for family parties, camping, at parks, or anytime a group of us get together! This sounds like it would be a lot of fun, thanks! :)

  3. 3

    Can’t wait to do this!

  4. 4

    great family fun! thanks for posting

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