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Lawn Darts: The World's Most Dangerous Toy
The Deadly Toy We Loved
When I was in college, my teenage brother had a set of Lawn Darts. We loved to play whenever I came home for the weekend. We would spend hours in the backyard, tossing the deadly spears back and forth at little plastic rings on the grass.
Sometimes the sharp metal tips of these Lawn Darts would land near our sandalled feet, and we would make our wide-eyed gasps of "close-call" delight. The element of danger was part of the fun. This was no kids' game!
Lawn Darts were banned in the United States in 1988, after multiple deaths due to the sharp points of these metal-tipped projectiles. Safer replacements have since been produced, and the updated Lawn Darts, called Jarts is still a fun lawn game.
The Original Jarts Lawn Darts - Now Banned
Here is a close-up view of the original game of Jarts Lawn Darts with the metal tips.
A Safer Version of Lawn Darts - Jarts
The old version of Lawn Darts with metal tips has been replaced by a safer version. Jarts is played the same way, only the deadly metal tips have been replaced by plastic weights.
Enjoy this fun lawn game at your next backyard barbecue or camping trip!
This version is safe for everyone, including small children.
The Updated and Safe Version of Jarts - Safe Lawn Darts
These gentlemen demonstrate the new, safe version of Jarts. Looks like great family fun!
Lawn Darts Poll
Did you have a Lawn Darts game?
Two boys playing lawn darts in the 1970s
Give Your Opinion on Lawn Darts
Do you think Lawn Darts should have been banned?
Yes, it was dangerous.
How to Play Lawn Darts
Lawn Darts is played much like the game of horseshoes. The game can be played by two players or two teams, who stand across from each other. Each team has a goal, a ring of plastic placed on the ground, and the objective is for each team to toss as many of their darts into the other team's goal as possible. Each dart landing inside the ring scores one point.
When playing Lawn Darts, each player must take care to remain out of the other team's firing range. The original darts from the 1980s contained deadly metal tips which were capable of penetrating the human skull when thrown by a strong adult.
Lawn Darts Are Dangerous, Banned & Illegal
The U.S. Government banned the sale of lawn darts in 1988 and advised anyone who had these games in their possession to immediately destroy them. If you have one of these deadly games, please destroy it for the safety of people and pets who could be harmed from its misuse.
Another Variation on Lawn Darts - Zartz Lawn Game
This updated version of the old Lawn Darts game utilizes foam darts with a suction cup tip. The suction cup will stick to anything, but will let go after several seconds.
This version also has plastic, triangular targets.
May be safely played indoors or out.
Flickin' Chicken - Alternative to Lawn Darts
This hilarious game is played with a rubber chicken instead of the darts!
The player flicks a disc and wherever it lands becomes the target for the rubber chicken.
Lawn Darts on eBay - Vintage Lawn Darts
Search on eBay for your favorite lawn darts game.
Lawn Darts Poll
Are the new versions as fun as the original Lawn Darts?
Videos of People Playing Lawn Darts
Alternatives to Lawn Darts - Fun Backyard Games
Here are some of my suggestions for alternatives to the great late game of lawn darts. All of these backyard games have received a 5-star endorsement from multiple Amazon reviewers. You are sure to find at least one lawn game your family and friends will enjoy from this list!
22 out of 26 people gave this backyard game 5 stars! This is one fun game for the entire family. Recommended for ages 8+, younger children can join the fun. This is not Bocce, but a wild and wacky spin-off of the popular lawn game.
96 5-star reviews and all the rest are 4 stars! A very fun game for adults or kids to play.
My neighbors bought this game and have been having a blast playing it in the front yard with their adult children all summer. They say it's lots of fun!
Whether you love lawn darts or another backyard game, tell us about it here!