Fun Games to Play Outside

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    Games: Then and Now

    Do you know what games your parents and grandparents played when they were little? You can play them, too. See how they played them back then and how to add cool twists to make them even more fun now for you and your friends.

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    Then: Four Square

    Draw a big box on the ground with chalk. Cut it into four. Each player stands in a square. To get the game going, serve the ball. Bounce it once in your square. Then, hit it with your hand into another square. The goal: Bounce the ball into someone else's square every time it lands in yours. You're out if you don't get it into another square. Or if it lands in your square and bounces twice before you can hit it.

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    Now: Royal Four Square

    The rules are the same as regular four square, but here's the twist: If you get everyone else out, you get to be King or Queen of the Court. When you're in charge, you make up rules to make it more fun the next round. For example, you could make players who get out walk around and squawk like chickens. Or, make a rule so players can only hit the ball with their left hand.

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    Then: Kick the Can

    Put an empty can or plastic bottle out in the open. The person who is "It" counts to 25 as everyone else hides. When someone is found, they go wait by the can. If one of the hiders can come out of hiding and kick the can without getting caught by It, the people waiting are free to go hide again.

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    Now: Quick Kick

    In this game, you want to be "It" or the "Guard." The Guard counts to 25 while everyone hides. As the Guard looks for people, Hiders try to kick the can. If a Hider kicks the can, the game starts over, and they get to be the new Guard. But, if the Guard races back and kicks the can before the Hider does, the game starts over. The Guard gets to stay the Guard. The Hiders hide and try again to kick the can to become the Guard. To play at night, use a glow ball.

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    Then: Capture the Flag

    You need two teams and two flags. The goal is to get the other team's flag. Each team hides its flag on its half of the playing area. On "go," some players protect their own flag while others try to grab the enemy's flag without getting caught. Kids who are tagged are out until a flag is captured.

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    Now: Water Balloon Snag the Flag

    Each team hides a flag on its half of the playing area. Plus, they have water balloons ready to defend themselves! On "go," some players guard their own flag. Others try to get the enemy's flag. Players who are hit with a water balloon must sit out for the round. When a team's flag has been grabbed, the game is over.

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    Then: Freeze Tag

    Maybe you've heard of this one. Players run away from an "It," trying not to get caught. When you get caught by It, you have to freeze in place. You get to move again when someone who isn't It runs by and tags you to unfreeze you. The game ends when It has tagged everyone and they are frozen.

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    Now: Supreme Team Tag

    Unlike freeze tag, when you get caught by "It" you don't freeze. You get moving! Once you're caught, link arms with the person who tagged you. Then while linked together, you chase the players who are still free. Every time someone gets tagged, It gets bigger and bigger as more people link arms and chase the players who are still free. Once everyone is linked to each other, the game is over.

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    Then: Ghost in the Graveyard

    Pick a home base, like a tree or driveway. One person is the ghost. Everyone else closes their eyes and counts to midnight (one o'clock, two o'clock …) while the ghost hides. When time's up, the players hunt for the ghost. Whoever finds the ghost yells "Ghost!" Then everyone races to home base, trying not to get tagged by the ghost. Whoever is tagged is the next ghost.

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    Now: Double the Trouble

    Pick a home base. Have two ghosts lie down far away from base. Everyone else circles them chanting, "one o'clock, two o'clock," all the way to "midnight!" Then, the ghosts jump up and try to tag the other players as they run to the base. The first two people tagged become the ghosts next time. The ghosts can even make up silly rules -- like players who get tagged are zombies who have to help them catch the others.  

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    Fun and Games

    Get the idea? You can put your own cool twist on all kinds of fun games your parents and grandparents played. Once you come up with a great way to play, grab your friends and get moving! Moving feels great and is good for you, too.