Kubb, a fun alternative to Cornhole, Bocce, and Rollers

Cornhole has been a staple at parties and family gatherings for years in America. It's easy to play and inexpensive to produce, providing years of fun for you and the people you love. If for whatever reason you are looking for an alternative to Cornhole, there is another fun lawn game that uses wood known as Kubb!

What Is Kubb?

Originating from the Swedish island known as Gotland, Kubb is an outdoor game where you throw batons to knock over wall wooden blocks, also known as kubbs. Another popular term for "Kubb" is "Viking Chess".

Kubb games involve two teams of however many players you prefer. While there are official rules for Kubb, these rules can be changed so that it's easy and fun to play for children, families, and large groups of people! Games can take anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes depending on the rules.

How To Play Kubb

The game takes place on a five-by-eight meter field, though you can change the size of this field as you see fit. There are six pegs that outline the size of the field; four that indicate the corners and two that are placed on each side at the center.

On both baselines of the play field are where five kubbs each will stand. In the middle of the field of play is where a larger kubb stands, called the king.

On a designated spot outside the baseline, players must toss batons to knock over kubbs on the opposite baseline. Players must toss batons underhand and for them to spin like a wheel. Throwing batons with a sidearm and spun like a helicopter or pizza is not allowed!

Turns consist of two different phases. Team 1 throws six batons at Team 2's kubbs. Team 2 then picks up whatever kubbs Team 1 knocked down and throws them onto Team 1's side of the field. These kubbs are now identified as "field kubbs". We suggest to throw these kubbs close to the center so that not only would they be the furtherst distance possible from the opposing team to throw at, but also making it easier for the other team to knock down the king prematurely. These kubbs are then stood upright from where they landed on the opposing territory. After this turn, Team 2 then uses the six batons to knock down Team 1's kubbs, and Team 1 tosses those kubbs onto Team 2's side of the field.

Team 1 then needs to knock down any field kubbs in their territory before attempting to knock over the rest of the baseline kubbs. If Team 1 is not able to knock over all the field kubbs in their six baton throws, Team 2 would be able to throw their batons behind the nearest field kubb standing, and vice versa.

If a team manages to knock over all of the opposing kubbs and still has batons remaining, they can now try to knock down the king kubb! The king kubb must be attempted with tosses behind the baseline. The first team to knock over all the opposing kubbs and then the king wins! If you knock over the king kubb before knocking over the rest of the kubbs, the other team will win, so be extra careful and keep a sharp aim!

Comparisons To Other Fun Lawn Games

Kubb is a game that requires minimal resources and can be played on any flat ground. Unlike Cornhole, it doesn't require a pair of large boards to carry around, so you only have blocks and sticks to worry about. Kubb is a very travel-friendly game as a result, so take it with you either on campus or on vacation!

Like Bocce Ball, Rollers, and Cornhole, Kubb is a game where precision matters. Rather than guide a ball or bean bag into some sort of hole, you aim your projectile at targets, similar to archery, which adds a layer of excitement to the game. With that said, it provides plenty of strategy and action, whether you want a fun outdoor activity for children or an exciting way for you and your adult friends to pass the time. A Kubb game set makes for a wonderful gift for Father's Day, birthdays, or any special occasion!

If your family or circle of friends aren't familiar with Kubb, now's never been a better time to start! Order a professional Kubb lawn game or create your own from wood and have a blast right on your front or back yard!