How to Play Croquet with Kids

This was the most fun New Year’s Day I have ever had.

IMG_1293 Paula and the kids came over bringing the croquet set with them.

Setting up

Vince and Edward set it all up before lunch.


Here are the rules.

  1. If you are the youngest and littlest, you get twice as many shots as everyone else.  (Chloe won and got bored and took pictures the next time.)
  2. If you get too far behind,  move the ball a little with your feet.
  3. Never swing too hard like you are hitting a golf ball 250 yards.  Croquet mallets break when you miss the ball and hit the ground.
  4. Choose the winning color.  Yellow is the color that wins because everyone hits your ball through the hoops for you.
  5. If you hit a person, you get to hit again.  If you go through a hoop, you get to go again.  If you are little, you get to go again.  If you don’t get to go again, hit it again anyway.  You’ll catch up faster.
  6. If you get bored playing, you have to be the photographer.

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What did you do on New Year’s Day?  Or, was that day a complete dud, and you’ve had better days to discuss?

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here.

15 thoughts on “How to Play Croquet with Kids”

    1. The ones of me weren’t too great either. I know V won’t like the ones of him, but I thought the one of Kalev was adorable. I loved the one of Edward. 🙂 Too cute. That was a great day! 🙂


  1. The captions on your slide show are great! We played tons of croquet when we were kids. I loved the part where you got to put your foot on your ball and smack it with the mallet – to send another person’s ball (that was leaning against yours) far away. Your instructions should be sold with every set!


  2. Excellent rules but I think next year you should play cricket. In the version I used to play if you hit the ball for 6, you got to drink a beer. If you took a wicket, you got to drink a beer. The game could last a while but we all enjoyed it! Croquet your way sounds a lot of fun.


    1. So funny, Andrew. It would be better if I liked the taste of beer. I don’t. Vince and I went to a brewery/restaurant this summer, and we HAD to have a beer because that’s what they did. They had 48 flavors. I asked if they had anything that didn’t taste like beer, and they served us apple and pear bear. I drank the whole thing! So, now if we ever play cricket together be prepared with apple and pear beer. Yum! 🙂


    1. You will have a ball! (hehe get it? a ball?) I’m starting to sound like Manny in my writing! Oh dear. Hope you are having a safe time back there. Lots of snow? The news makes it look awful! Take care, Lisa 🙂


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