Viking Chess

This traditional Swedish garden game is a real talking point and brilliant fun too. The rules are simple – knock over wooden blocks by throwing batons at them – think a cross between horseshoes and bowling.

Throwing batons instead of balls adds an unpredictable element that can flummox the best spin-bowler and give kids the chance to play on equal terms with adults as they send the baton whizzing to knock the king’s block off and win the game.