It's a great summer day until the kids start whining that
they're bored. They're sick of their toys, the swing set and each
Instead of sending them inside to watch a movie or play a video
game, why not teach them some of your favorite games from your
Tag. Tell them the basics: One person is "It," the rest run.
They can choose a safe haven or not. If they get bored quickly,
then tell them about the variations such as freeze tag (you're
frozen when you're tagged) or TV tag (you have to call out the name
of a TV show within three seconds of being tagged to be safe).
Follow the Leader. It's simple enough, right? It gives each
child a chance to tell everyone else what to do for a couple of
minutes, but by changing leaders, they'll be entertained for
Ghost in the Graveyard. A great combination of hide-and-seek and
tag where kids hide while the child who is It counts by hours (one
o'clock, two o'clock, etc.) until yelling, "Midnight!" When
midnight is called, everyone jumps out of their hiding spaces to
run back to base. The tagged kid is now It. Or send one person, the
Ghost, out to hide while everyone else counts together. At midnight
everyone looks for the Ghost. When the Ghost is found, yell, "Ghost
in the graveyard," and everyone makes a mad dash to base. The last
person back is now the Ghost.
Run Down. You need two bases (use Frisbees), two gloves, a ball
and three kids. Two of the kids toss the ball back and forth
between the bases while the third kid tries to run between the
bases while the ball is being tossed without getting tagged. You
might want to use a soft ball so the runner doesn't get smacked in
the back too hard.
Four Square. You need at least four kids for this game. Draw
four squares on the ground with sidewalk chalk, about 8 feet per
square. Each player stands in a square. One player bounces the ball
to another player who bounces it to another until one of these
things happen: a player is hit by the ball or hits it before the
ball lands in their square, the ball bounces twice or the ball is
hit out of bounds. The player at fault goes to the back of the line
while another player enters. If you only have two kids, then play
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