Must-Have: Beach Games
Learn to Play Shells!
Shells is a coastal twist on the popular card game Spoons. The goal: to get four of a kind before anyone else. You'll need at least three people, and as many as 13 can play.
Each player except the dealer brings a sea-shell and places it in the center of the table. The dealer deals four cards to each player, keeping the remaining cards in a stack close by. Then the dealer picks up a card from the stack and can exchange it for a card in hand, passing the unwanted card to the left. (Players take turns as the dealer, clockwise around the table.) Then each successive player accepts a card from the right and passes an unwanted card to the left until someone has four matching cards. The player to the dealer's right discards his or her cards into a discard pile, and the dealer draws from that pile if cards run out.
The first player to get four of a kind grabs a shell, and the other players rush to grab a shell, too. Whoever ends up empty-handed earns a letter S for the first loss, an H for the second, and so on until he or she has spelled the word S-H-E-L-L-S and is eliminated. Each time a player is eliminated, the dealer removes one shell (like removing a chair in musical chairs), and the game continues until all but one player have spelled "shells." That person wins!
Show Your Cards
Shades of blue and red adorn this deck of cards full of art-inspired images.
The handmade and painted pieces in this set are stored inside a pretty wooden box.
Made with weather resistant steel, this foosball table is as versatile as it is fun.
“This made-in-the-U.S.A. beach paddle set adds luxe to the traditional drugstore beach toy.” —designer Lilly Bunn
Aim weighted rope pieces at the rungs of these luxe wood ladders in a round of ladder golf.
Ready to Roll
This new game combines elements of horseshoes, bocce ball, and bowling, and is well-suited to sandy play.
Rollors Game, $50
Having a Ball
Bocce ball is a classic seaside pastime, and this set brings it to a new level of chic.