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Go bowling, Irish style: Knock numbered blocks (called standers) out of a ring by lobbing round pieces (called pelters) at them. This outdoor version of bowling is based on the ancient Irish game of skittles.
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For the target, cut a piece of artificial turf to size. Ours is about 6'x6'.
Use a simple string-and-nail compass with a permanent marker to draw the largest circle possible on the turf, then use that as a guide to spray paint a ring.
Cut the five standers from a 3"x3"x36" piece of square poplar. We made ours about 4" tall. Spray paint the standers yellow and let dry. Apply a vinyl number (1-5) to each stander.
Cut the three pelters from a 2"x4' poplar round dowel. Ours are about 10" long.
To begin play, place the standers on the edge of the ring, with #1 at the 6 o'clock position, #2 at 9 o'clock, #3 at 3 o'clock, and #4 at 12 o'clock. Place #5 in the center of the ring.
Take turns lobbing the pelters at the standers from about 15'-20' feet away. You can make your own rules, but traditionally, each player gets three throws in a turn. The goal is to knock all of the standers clear of the ring. When you knock a stander out of the ring, you score the number shown on the side. It's possible to knock more than one stander out with a single toss. If you knock them all out with less than three tosses, replace all the standers and make a third toss. The winner is the player who scores the most points over a set number of rounds. Adjust the throwing distance to make play easier or harder.