Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Pirate

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing This is a game of strategy. Kids love this game! Pirate is a quiet, circle game that is great as a transition from more active games. It is also a great choice if you are in a situation where you don’t have a lot of space or if you have to be quiet because other things are going on in the building.

This game can be played inside or outside. The only equipment it requires is a large bunch or keys and a blindfold. It is best suited to small or medium groups. If you have a large group of kids you may want to have multiple games going at the same time.

 The Object of the Game

The object of Pirate for the Pirate is to guess correctly who took the keys. The object of Pirate for everyone sitting in the circle is to take the keys without getting caught.

 How to Play

Choose one player to be the pirate. That player will be required to sit in the middle of the circle, blindfolded with his/her legs crossed. All the other plays will circle the Pirate while sitting with their legs crossed.

Place a ring of keys on the floor in front of the Pirate. [The bigger the ring of keys the better because the more keys on the ring, the harder it is to pick them up and move them quietly.] A player is nominated to slowly creep up, attempt to take the keys and then return to their place without the pirate hearing them.

The Pirate has three tries to point to guess where he thinks the thief is. If the thief succeeds, he/she becomes the new Pirate.

 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, yet involves some strategy and stealth.

3. It is a quick game. You can play as many rounds as you have time for.

4. If you have a larger group of kids, you can have 2 or more games going on simultaneously.

 

 

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Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing – Steal the Bacon

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of PlayingI love this game! It involves strategy, chasing, tagging, and lots of fun!

This game is best suited to elementary children in grades 3-6. Younger children do not always get the strategy involved in playing this game, although they do enjoy chasing each other!

This game can be played inside or outside. The only equipment it requires is the “bacon.” The bacon can be anything – a beanbag, glove, hat, keys. It’s a great choice to play as a last-minute game or emergency game because you can use basically anything you have on hand to be the bacon.

The object of Steal the Bacon is take the “bacon” back to your own side without being caught.

In this game, the kids are split into two teams. The players of each team are numbered, starting with the number one. Every player will have one player from the opposing team whose number matches their own.

They form two opposing lines and place the bacon in the exact center between them.

The leaders then calls out a number. The players on each side who are assigned that number are the players for that round. No other team members leave their side of the field.

Neither player may touch the other until someone touches the bacon. Once a player touches the bacon however, the other player may tag him/her.

If a player is able to grab the bacon and carry it back over to his/her own side, that team scores a point.

If a player is tagged after touching the bacon and before he/she returns their own side, the team that tagged him/her scores a point.

Note that the sequence of play usually involves the two kids running out and hovering over the bacon, waiting for a slight advantage to grab it and run back before the other player can react.

The game is over when a predetermined number of points are scored, or when all numbers have been called.

VARIATION: The leader can call more than one number, in which case several players from each side participate. When playing this variation, make sure players know if they can tag any player on the opposing team or only the player on the other team that they share a number with.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

  1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out. You never know when your number is going to be called.
  2. It is easy to learn and simple to play, yet involves some strategy which is fun to watch.
  3. It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires one piece of equipment (that can actually be anything to hand), and can be played with almost any number of children.
  4. I love watching kids eying each other up and trying to figure out when the other is going to make a move.
  5. If you have a larger group of kids, you can have 2 games going on simultaneously.
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Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of Playing-Kick the Can

Games Your Kids Will Never Tire of PlayingThis is a fun, outside game that combines elements of hide and seek and tag! It can be played with as few as three players.

You need a big space with some open areas and lots of hiding places. You will also need something to act as base like a frizbee and a can or bucket.

Here’s how to play:

Set Up

Find a central, open area for the base. Put the can on top of it. Designate a jail area close by but not blocking the base.

Choose one player to be It and one player to be the designated kicker.

To Start the Game

Players start the game at base. The designated kicker kicks the can as far as they can. It runs after the can and returns the can to base. All other players (including the kicker) run and hide.

To Play the Game

Once It has returned the can to base, he/she will start looking for hidden players. When It finds a player, he/she must call out that player’s name and location.

  • If It is wrong, the Hider stays hidden and It continues looking for hidden players.
  • If It is right, both players race to the can.
    • If It gets to the can first, It jumps over the can and the Hider must go to jail.
    • If the Hider gets to the can first, the Hider kicks the can. It must go get the can and bring the can back to base and all players in jail are freed and can hide again.

Note: If at any point in the game a Hider (who has been seen or not) kicks the can, all players are free. This makes the game more interesting because the Hiders may choose to come out of hiding to get a change to kick the can and free their fellow Hiders. If It notices a Hider racing for the can, It can try and get their first. If It jumps over the can before the Hider gets there, the Hider goes to jail.

To End the Game

There two possible ways to end the game.

1. The game or round ends when all Hiders are caught. The first one to be caught then becomes It.

2. The game or round ends when all but one Hider are caught. The last Hider is the winner and becomes It if play continues.

How to Explain Roles to Players

If You’re “It”:

  1. Stand by while another player kicks the can as far as possible.
  2. Retrieve and put the can back on the base.
  3. Start looking for hidden players.
  4. Capture Hiders by calling out their names and their hiding places.
  5. Race Hiders back to the can.
  6. Jump over the can if you get back first. That Hider goes to jail.
  7. Run after the can and put back on base if Hider kicks the can away.
  8. Start looking for another hidden player.
  9. Be aware of “uncaptured” Hiders trying to kick the can and free players from jail. If you see one, race them to the can.
  10. Continue until you have all the players in jail.

If You’re a “Hider”:

  1. Select someone to kick the can as far as possible.
  2. Hide.
  3. Watch for an opportunity to race back and kick the can before It gets there, freeing other players from jail.
  4. If It calls your name and location, race to the can and kick the can before It get there.
  5. Go to jail if It jumps over the can before you get there.
  6. Wait in jail until you are rescued – that is, until someone kicks the can.
  7. Run away and hide again when the can is kicked and you are released from jail.
  8. Be It for the next game if you were captured first

Tips for Game Play:

  • It must retrieve the can and bring it back to base whenever the can is kicked (regardless of what is happening in the game.)
  • Hiders don’t have to stay in one location. They can move around from one location to another and even run back to base to kick the can in order to free their fellow players from jail.
  • Honesty is assumed. When It calls out a Hiders name and location correctly, Hider must run. Hider can’t pretend they didn’t hear, or were in a different location or that It was wrong. When It calls out a Hiders name and location and the Hider does not run back to base, it is because It was wrong, not because the Hider is cheating.
  • When It calls out a location, It must be sufficiently descriptive. For example, “John behind the really big pine tree.” Leaders can help here by giving kids examples of descriptive statements. “John behind the tree” is an example of a location that is not descriptive enough. Also, It needs only be close enough in their location, rather than exactly right.

Reasons Why I Love this Game:

  1. All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
  2. Kids who are jailed 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 a versatile outdoor game – it can be played almost anywhere as long as there is an open space and lots of hiding spaces, 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–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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