This is a collection of games that fit well as pentathlon events in which the participants compete individually.
You will need: One or more disc golf discs or frisbees.
Disc golf is a fun sport to challenge your family and friends. Since you need some area, this is a perfect outdoor game to play on your lawn, garden, or field.
The game can easily be adjusted to suit the level of the players. Points can be given, for example, if a goal is hit, or give the highest point to the one getting closest and then decrease the points by one in order of how the other players managed to throw the disc.
The goal can be anything you like. For example, land in a swimming pool, get stuck in a particular bush, hit a swing, tree, or land in a specified area.
Here are two suggestions of how to play the game.
Version 1 - One Goal at a Time
In this version of disc golf, the participants move between different targets, just like in real golf. When everyone has made their throws, you count their points and then move on to the next course.
If the game is used as an event in a pentathlon, it is enough just to have one goal.
Version 2 - The Lowest Number of Throws
Here, you have a long course that needs at least three throws before reaching the goal. The player with the lowest number of throws wins the game.
You will need: A soccer ball.
This one is best played outside in the backyard or garden.
The game objective is to kick a soccer ball at targets. For example, hitting a specific tree or stone or having the ball stop in a particular zone.
If you have a lot of space, you can play with rules similar to golf where the players get a point per kick, and the fewest points win.
If you play in your backyard, you can challenge your contestants and let them try to hit a target three times. If they hit one time, they get 1 point. If they hit all three times, they get 3 points.
Then you can move on to a new target and let everyone play again.
Some Suggestions on Targets You May Use:
- A flagpole.
- A swimming pool.
- A tree.
- Hit a garage door.
- Get the ball to stay in a particular bush.
- Get the ball through the front door of a kid’s playhouse.
- A soccer goal.
You will need: A soccer ball and plastic bottles filled with water.
Play this game outdoors on a lawn or as a field day game. It’s an excellent activity for a kid’s birthday party too.
Place the water-filled plastic bottles at a suitable distance from the players. Arrange the bottles however you like, but keep in mind the game is the most fun when it’s possible to topple all bottles in one kick.
Let the players play one at a time and give each player three attempts at kicking the soccer ball at the bottles. The goal is to topple as many as possible. Don’t reset the bottles between kicks, only between players. A player gets one point per overturned bottle.
The player to gather the most points wins the game.
You will need: A game set of Kubb.
Kubb Tower Building is a perfect game to play at a summer party. You can play it in two ways, and it can easily be included as an event in a Pentathlon.
The game is best played outside. Play it on a table or the ground in your backyard or on a lawn in the local park.
You won’t need the King for this game. Not the field markers or the throw-sticks either. Just the kubbs themselves will do.
The goal is to build the highest tower.
Version 1 - One Kubb at a Time
The participants build their towers one at a time. After they place a kubb the tower has to stand for 10 seconds before the new height counts. After 10 seconds, the player can place the next kubb.
If the tower tips over, it’s the height when the tower last stood for 10 seconds that counts.
The player that manages to build the highest tower wins the game.
Version 2 - Time Limit
The contestants must build the highest tower possible in 1 minute. Any strategy is allowed, and it doesn’t matter what the tower looks like.
It’s OK to start from scratch if the tower tips over. The height that counts is whatever is standing after 1 minute that then does not fall for 10 seconds.
If you don’t own a kubb game you might be able to borrow it from someone. Otherwise you can buy a kubb game online.
You will need: A game set of Kubb (or wooden blocks).
Kubb is a very popular lawn game, especially in Sweden. With the kubb equipment, you can also play other games - like Kubb relay. This game is a very fun outdoor activity that also suits as an event in a pentathlon.
Play it individually or in teams! Challenge your friends, kids, colleagues, and family and see who will be the most successful.
You need to put five kubbs in line with 3 feet between them to play. Then, place the starting point 10 feet from the first kubb in the row. Farthest away in the line, you put the king. Now, you will have six targets in a row.
If you play in two teams, you need to arrange two different lines and put the king farthest away between these two lines.
Here are some versions of the game you can play.
Version 1 - Individually
The player gets six throw-sticks and must, from the starting point, try to knock down the kubbs. Two points are given for every knocked down kubb, and four points are given for the king.
The player who gathers the most points wins.
Version 2 - Individually with Time Limit
This Kubb version aims to knock down both the kubbs and the king in the shortest time. When all the throw-sticks have been thrown, the player must run and collect them. Then, run back and try again until all kubb + the king has fallen.
The player that manages to knock down all six objects in the shortest time wins the game.
Version 3 - Team Relay
Equip each team with one throwing-stick. The first player makes a throw and then runs away to pick it up and hand it over to the next team member in line. The team that first knocks down all the six kubbs + the king wins.
Version 4 - Move Forward
In this version, the player must start by knocking down the kubb placed closest in line. Then, when successful, the player can move forward to this spot and make the next throw from there.
Feel free to put the kubbs with varying distances between each other in this version. You can even arrange it like a route through your garden. But, of course, you set the king last.
Choose if you want to have a limited number of throw-sticks or a time limit.
You will need: Chairs, cotton balls, bowls, and vaseline.
This party game is fun to play for both kids and adults. It’s also a game where all ages can compete simultaneously. Those not participating will have a great time watching the game, and it is easy to prepare.
I’ve mostly played this outdoors, but it’s a game that works fine indoors, too. If you have the space, that is.
Prepare the game by positioning a couple of chairs with at least seven feet between the chairs. Put an empty bowl on one chair and a bowl filled with cotton balls on the other. Before the competition starts, give each contestant some vaseline on the tip of their nose.
The participants must move as many cotton balls as possible from the cotton bowl to the empty bowl. No hands allowed, only use the nose! It is okay to shake and swing the head to drop the cotton balls in the empty bowl during the game, though.
The player who moves the most cotton balls in 2 minutes wins the game.
This game can be played both in teams or individually. However, it is the most fun if several people are playing simultaneously. Here you’ll need two chairs per player or team.
If you are playing in teams, you simply make it a relay and compete for about 5 minutes total.
You will need: Plastic bottles and small balls (for example tennis balls).
If you want to play a tricky toss game, you might want to challenge friends and family with this outdoor game.
Prepare the game by filling 5-7 plastic bottles with water to make them heavier. Place them in a row with some space in between. Then put a tennis ball on top of each bottle. Put this on some stable surface like a level lawn or a bench or table.
The game’s goal is to throw balls at the balls on top of the bottles. The player must knock down the balls on top of the bottles without toppling the bottles themselves. Give the player as many balls to throw as there are bottles.
Every ball that falls with its bottle still standing awards 3 points. If a bottle falls over, the player loses 1 point. A miss gives no points.
You will need: A boot.
This game has many names like Welly Throwing, Welly Hoying, and Boot Throwing.
The game can be played as an independent game or as an event of a pentathlon. You need to play outside since you need a lot of space. Play it with your family and friends on your lawn, garden, or as a field game.
All you need is a boot. The game’s goal is for the participants to try to throw the boot as long a distance as possible.
Version 1 - Easy
The participants are allowed to throw the boot in the way they prefer. You can even allow them to run before releasing the boot if you want. They, however, must throw it from the same starting point.
Version 2 - Challengeing
In this challenging version, the participants must stand still with their backs towards the throwing direction. They must then swing the boot over their head to throw the boot as far as possible.
Version 2 - Very Challengeing
In this very challenging version, the participants must stand still facing the throwing direction. They then must swing the boot back between their legs and over their head and release it at the right time to get the boot as far as possible in the right direction.
If you want to make it a bit silly, you can offer a helmet since this version sometimes ends with the participant getting the boot in their head.