I love summer. I love playing outside with the kids. I love swimming. I love lawn games. Especially Polish Horseshoes. WHAT?!? You've never played polish horseshoes? Let me tell you... it is FUN! OK, there is some disput on whether it is actually called Polish Horseshoes, because when I googled it it came up as some other weird lawn drinking game... hmmm - that could still be fun! But I digress. The polish horseshoes that I am referring to looks like this:
Very simple to make. In fact, my father made this one after we were introduced to the game by my BIL's family and played a rousing game.
You just need some wood, outdoor carpeting and 12 larger washers.
My father has the ability to take a peek and build without instructions, but since you aren't seeing these and examining them, I decided to find you a tutorial and here you go (pdf format)!
While looking around for a tutorial for you I found a website that sells them but that also shared the official rules. Here they are, courtesey of polishhorseshoes.com:
Place the two boards eight feet apart. Each person or team will need six washers. The washers are thrown from one board to the other while standing on the end of the board you are throwing from. Each team takes turns throwing their washers consecutively. Your goal is to attain exactly twenty-one points by throwing your washers into the holes on the two boards. Each board has a set point value; the large hole is one point, the medium three, and the small five. Your score can never be greater than twenty one, so if you throw a number of points that would put you over twenty one, subtract that number from your previous score instead. (Example: If you have an 18 before you throw, then you throw a 5, 18+5=23, so subtract 5 from 18 instead, giving you 13.) If another team's washer lands in the same hole as yours, your points are wiped out. If you have eighteen points or more, you must hit the top of the board with your washers, but if you have less than eighteen points, you may pass the turn to your partner. The first team to reach exactly twenty-one first wins the game.
So I'm thinking of mod podging the washers with scrapbook paper.... I know I'll get some funny looks, but come on, wouldn't that be cute?!?
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