This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #tastehydration #CollectiveBiasWith the weather warming up over the past few weeks, my husband Nick and I have started prepping for outdoor entertaining by cleaning our deck, watering the lawn, planting shrubs and pulling weeds. I would rather do the yard projects earlier in the season so we can enjoy being outside, playing lawn games, swimming in the pool and having barbecues/hangouts with our friends for the rest of summer.
In addition to having fun activities to do outside, it’s important for us to also have lots of help-yourself beverages to keep everyone hydrated. We like serving vitaminwater Zero because its a refreshing option that has nutrients, vitamins and electrolytes (all the things you need for extended time outdoors). The multipack from Sam’s Club comes with 20 bottles and three different flavors, so there is something for everyone. I also love using a large metal tub to chill our beverages, it holds a generous amount so we can have cold drinks within an arms reach (instead of going into the house every time #NoFliesInTheHouse).Last summer we were introduced to a lawn game called “Kubb” (pronounced: coob) and it has quickly become one of our family’s favorites for outdoor fun. My husband mentioned reading online that Kubb was originally played back in the Viking days (throwing femurs at skulls?), I’m not sure if I believe all that… and that just sounds gross. But now you play it by throwing batons at wooden “kubbs” and try to be the team to knock over the opponents “kubbs” and king first. Kubb is like no other lawn game I’ve ever played, and even describing game play doesn’t do the game justice. Kubb can be so addicting because it has that “just one more throw” quality that makes it hard to stop playing. Trust me my friends, this game is so good! If you can’t find one to purchase, this game can easily be made DIY style by cutting wooden blocks and dowels to the specifications listed below. Let me just warn you again, this game is very addicting and is hard to stop playing once everyone gets going with the banter.HOW TO PLAY KUBB (source)
Kubb can be played with anywhere from 2-12 players and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours to play.
- 10 kubbs, which are 3″ x 3″ x 6″ wooden blocks
- 1 King, which is a 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 16″ wooden block
- 6 wooden throwing batons that measure 1.5″ x 14″
- 4 corner markers (rocks, stakes, shoes, etc.)
Be the first team to knock down all your kubbs and then the king, or be on the opposite team of the player that knocks down the king before knocking down all of their kubbs. Knocking down the king without knocking down the kubbs is like sinking the eight ball out of turn.
Mark off a 16 by 26 foot field by placing rocks or stakes in the corners. Stand the king in the center and evenly spread five kubbs along each baseline.
1. Team 1 throws it’s batons at the kubbs on the opposite baseline. Batons must be thrown underhand and must travel straight or end over end. They cannot be thrown horizontally or sidearm.
2. When Team 1 is finished, Team 2 stands at their baseline and throws any knocked down kubbs back into the other half of the field. These become known as “field kubbs”. Team 2 has two chances to throw each kubb into the opposite half of the field. If they throw the kubb out of bounds twice in a row, the offending kubb is placed 6 inches behind the king. 3. Once all the field kubbs have been thrown, Team 1 stands them up. If a kubb was thrown into the field and it hit another field kubb, the kubbs are stacked on top of each other. There is no limit to how many kubbs can be stacked in this way.
4. Team 2 then must knock down all the field kubbs before throwing at the baseline kubbs. Any baseline kubbs that are knocked down before the field kubbs do not count and are stood back up.
5. When Team 2 is done throwing, Team 1 picks up any knocked down kubbs (both field and baseline) and throws them back into the opposite half of the field for Team 1 to stand up.
6. If Team 2 left any field kubbs standing, Team 1 may throw their batons from behind an imaginary line that runs parallel to the kubb that is closest to the king.Play continues on this way until one team knocks over all their field and baseline kubbs. That team may then attempt to knock down the king. All attempts on the king must be taken from the baseline. Once the king is knocked down, the game is over.
Like I mentioned before, it may sound pretty basic, but it’s SO. MUCH. FUN. Have you played Kubb before? Isn’t it so fun?!You can find a very sharable pack of vitaminwater Zero in the beverage section at your local Sam’s Club or online here. Also, during 4/1-4/30 you can use the $3.50 off offer (This is an in-store offer, no coupon required) to save even more, so make sure to stock up and grab a couple packs.
What is your favorite flavor of vitaminwater Zero ?