Remember Jarts, the lawn dart game popular when we were kids? The game featured pointed metal darts that you chucked across the lawn at a target.
Surprise, Jarts were banned when too many kids got impaled by the lethal objects.
But alas, thanks to inventive ingenuity, a much safer version is on the market called Sky Darts, by Sportcraft. Sky Darts have rounded, weighted tips; they look similar to mini-buoys. You grab the sky dart by the ribbed handle and toss it into a yellow rubber ring. The dart's weighted bottom keeps the dart upright.
My boys (ages 4 and 7) tested the Sky Darts and had a fun time. They were easy enough for the 4-year-old to pick up, but the game was challenging enough for the 7-year-old to stay interested. (The box actually says they're recommended for 12 and older, but again, my boys had no problems with them.)
Our only complaint was that the yellow rings kept rolling up and had a hard time staying flat. My guess is that this problem works itself out over time.
Sky Darts will make a fun summer game, in the spirit of Cornhole and Ladder Golf. They cost $19.99 and are available at Wal-Mart, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods, K Mart, Costco, BJ's, Sears and Toys "R" Us, as well as http://www.sportcraft.com.
MomsCharlotte is giving away two of these! Just go to our forums and answer this question: What outdoor game from your childhood brings back happy memories? We'll select two winners on May 30.