Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing–Flashlight Tag

flashlightI have great memories playing this game outside at camp when I was a teenager. I also played this game inside a church with kids during a mid-week club program and it was one of their favorites.

This game can be played inside or outside at night or in the dark. It requires a flashlight. This game mixes the popular games, hide and seek with tag.

Here’s how to play:

The person who is “it” waits at the “jail” counting to a high number while everyone else hides. Then, armed with a flashlight, this person searches for the others. The flashlight must remain on at all times and may not be covered. When “it” spots someone, s/he must use the flashlight to get a close enough look at the person to identify him/her and call out his/her name. Meanwhile, all the other players may choose to stay in one hiding spot the whole time or may switch from spot to spot in an attempt to avoid “it.”

There are variations of what happens when a person gets caught. One variation is to pass the flashlight to the caught person, so s/he becomes “it.” Another version is to send each caught person to “jail” to wait until everyone is caught. The first person caught then becomes “it.”

What makes this game fun is the element of strategy involved. Remember, its tag with hide and seek. Players may switch hiding spots. They can watch to see where “it” has already searched and go hide there. They can also try to follow “it.”

Safety Precautions:

  • Whether you play inside or outside, make sure the players know the boundaries.
  • Have enough leaders to supervise; give them flashlights. You may want to have some leaders stationary, especially at the trouble spots, and some leaders roaming around your play area.
  • Make sure kids understand the areas that are off-limits—bathrooms, kitchen, etc.
  • Make the stairs (if using any) a safe zone. And make sure lights are on at any stairs.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

  1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
  2. Kids who are tagged aren’t out entirely; they can get back into the game.
  3. It is easy to learn and simple to play.
  4. It is easy to include new players into the game, even in the middle of the game.
  5. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires little equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children

Have fun!

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Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Everybody’s It Tag

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of PlayingThis game is fun and a great way to tire kids out!

This game can be played inside or outside. It requires little or no equipment. And there’s LOTS of running!

You need a big, empty space (like a field or a gymnasium).  Use trees and walls, or use small orange pylons to make boundaries. Make sure ALL players know the boundaries.

Here’s how to play:

The object is to tag other players without being tagged yourself and without going outside the boundaries. If you are tagged, or go outside the boundaries, then you must sit down immediately. You can get back up and into the action by tagging someone as they pass by, at which point, they must sit down.

Here’s a simple way to explain the rules:

  1. If you get tagged, you’re “down”, and they’re “up”.
  2. If you tag them, they’re “down”, and you’re “up”.
  3. If you tag at the same time; you’re BOTH “down”.
  4. If you argue that you tagged first, you’re “down”- so be honest.
  5. If you go outside the boundaries, you’re “down”.
  6. If you are outside the boundaries and claim ignorance- you’re still “down”.
  7. If you are “down” and you tag someone passing by, you’re back “up”, and they are “down”.

The winner is the last person standing.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
2. Kids who are tagged aren’t out entirely; they can get back into the game.
3. It is easy to learn and simple to play.
4. It is easy to include new players into the game, even in the middle of the game.
5. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires little or no equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children.

Have fun!

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Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Hide and Seek

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of PlayingThis game is a classic! I remember playing it as a kid and I’m sure you do to. I played it for hours and I played many different versions of Hide & Seek.

This game can be played inside or outside. It requires no equipment.

Everybody knows how to play Hide & Seek. I want to give you some fun variations that I have played with kids – proven winners!

Object Hide & Seek

I play this version a lot with younger children and in classroom situations as a way of highlighting the theme.

In this version of hide & seek, the chosen player hides a specific object – I’ve used a cross, a doll, a bean bag, and a toy car. Choose any object you want. While the chosen player is hiding the object, the rest of the class hides their eyes and counts out loud. When they get to the designated number, they begin hunting for the hidden object. The player that finds it gets to hide it during the next round.

Hide & Seek in the Dark

In this game, we played the regular rules for hide & seek with the added fun of turning the lights off and giving the seeker a flashlight.

Kids absolutely love playing this game in the dark! It was requested almost on a weekly basis when I led a mid-week club program. We used sometimes all of the church building and sometimes I limited it to one floor. We played with the lights off and the seeker had a flashlight. Of course all leaders had flashlights as well for safety. I also made a rule that the stairs were lit – and I stationed a leader at the stairs to ensure there was light to safely use the stairs.

Sardines

This is a great version of hide & seek. In this game, one person hides and everyone goes to look for that person. However, when you find them, you don’t call it, you hide with them. Everybody hides in the same spot together, hence the name sardines. Everyone gets packed in together! The last person to find the hiding spot hides first in the next round.

I have also played sardines in the dark – but this is not for the feint of heart!

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

  1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
  2. It is easy to learn and simple to play.
  3. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires minimal or no equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children.
  4. I love the creative places kids will choose to hide and the creative ways kids will try to find the hiders.

Have fun!

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Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Sleeping Pirates

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of PlayingI love this game! More importantly, kids love this game!

This is a great game to play after more active games or when you want to encourage the kids to start quieting down.

I call this game sleeping pirates, but it could be anything – hedgehogs, cowboys, astronauts, lions, whatever.

This game can be played inside or outside. It requires no equipment.

Here’s How to Play:

In this game, all of the children (except one or two captains) lie down on the floor in sleeping positions. Once they are settled, they are not allowed to move. The captains walk through the room and try to make the sleeping pirates move by making them laugh, telling them jokes, and so on. The captains are not allowed to touch the sleeping pirates. Once the pirates have moved, they get up and join the captains.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

  1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
  2. It is easy to learn and simple to play.
  3. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires no equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children.
  4. It is a great way to transition from game time to other activities.
  5. I love the creative way kids will choose to “sleep” and the creative ways kids will choose to try make the other players move.
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Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Fish Gobbler

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing

I love this game! More importantly, kids love this game!

This game can be played inside or outside. It requires no equipment. And there’s LOTS of running!

You need a big, empty space (like a field or a gymnasium) and basically the children will have to run from one side of the room to the other without getting caught.

Here’s the lay-out of the playing area:

  • On one side of the playing area is the ship.
  • On the opposite side of the playing area is the shore.
  • The space between the ship and the shore is the ocean.
  • Appoint one player or leader to stand in the ocean – they are the Fish Gobbler.
  • Another leader – standing on the sidelines – is the caller
  • All the other players start by touching the ship-side of the playing area.

Here’s how to play:

The caller shouts directions – either “ship” or “shore” – and the children have to run in that direction. The caller can call out either of these directions at any time (even while children are in the middle of the room, running in one direction) and the children have to run in the direction called.

Meanwhile, the Fish Gobbler just stands there and does nothing… until the caller calls out “Fish Gobbler!

At this point, the Fish Gobbler can run around and tag the players. In order for the players to be safe from the Fish Gobbler, they must lie down on the floor and touch another player. Anyone caught by the Fish Gobbler becomes another Fish Gobbler.

Continue play until everyone is a fish gobbler.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

  1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
  2. It is easy to learn and simple to play.
  3. It is easy to include new players into the game, even in the middle of the game.
  4. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires no equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children
  5. I love the shrieks of laughter I hear whenever I play this game.

 

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