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Every family, once in a while, needs to spend some quality time with one another. Not just parents, but even children these days have tons to worry about. With work, school, and chores at home, it won’t be wrong to say that hardly anyone gets to eat a meal together. If this is the situation at your place or you are the kind of family that loves to spend their weekends having some fun and adventure, then you should organize some outdoor family games. Kids used to play out before the invention of video games and cell phones. But now, all that has changed and they have become less active. You can kill two birds with one stone. Playing fun games will not only provide everyone with a great physical fitness, but also bring your family closer. So what are you waiting for?

Games for Families

One of the best things about planning a family reunion or a family weekend together are the games. Family games are fun for all ages and give you a chance to interact with one another. Check out these great outdoor games.

Musical Chairs
For this game, you will need one less chair than the total number of people participating in the game. To play the game, have someone (who doesn’t wish to play) hold a small boom box. Arrange the chairs in a way that every alternate chairs face the same direction. Ask the person who has the music to look the other way and turn the music on. Everybody stands in a line and as soon as the music starts to play, walk around the chairs lined up. When the music stops, sit on the closest chair in front of you before anyone else gets a chance. Whoever is left standing, they are out. Take one chair out again and follow the same instructions. Whoever is left sitting on one chair in the end, wins.

Crossing Steps
In this game, you’ll need to make a grid of 10×10 on the sidewalk. Now, each player will stand in 1 square and when the game begins, the players will move to an empty square. You will need to time every move as you cannot cross over someone or come to stand in a square which is occupied. If you can’t find an empty square and are stuck for more than 1 round (meaning other players have already crossed and you’re the one remaining), you’ll be out of the game. The game keeps going until there’s one player left in the end.

The Fruit Basket
To play the game, ask everyone to stand in a tight circle, without leaving any gaps between one another. Each person has to choose a fruit (banana, tomato, grape, apple, cherry…). One person will be standing in the middle of the circle who’s called It. Now It will call out a fruit’s name. Everybody else who choose that fruit will run to a different area from where they were standing; preferably an empty area left by another player of the similar fruit group. You can stand directly next to where you were standing before and nobody can stand in their same spot. It will try to get into one of the empty places left by the players, leaving another person to take It’s position in the middle. If It didn’t get a chance to step into an empty space, he/she has to do this thing all over again, with a new fruit.

Pick My Pocket
Take a large cloth (unused or one which can be cut) and make as many strips as the players. Now, all the players will keep 1 strip in their back pocket, with a little piece hanging out. When the whistle blows, everyone will try to grab the strips from each other’s pockets. The player with the maximum strips will win the game. In the game, if your strip has been taken, you still have a chance to get someone else’s back in order to stay in the game.

Scavenger Hunt
To organize a scavenger hunt, you need to divide the players into 2 equal groups. Plan ahead as you will have to hide all the clues for your hunt beforehand. Make 2 maps of the entire area of where the hunt will take place, making sure to keep it in a safe neighborhood or park. Write down all the clues in small pieces of paper and hide in unimaginable places. If you have organized the hunt, don’t participate. Instead, be a judge for the game to make sure no one cheats. Whichever team comes back with all the clues solved, wins a prize.

Capture the Flag
This game is really simple to assemble, but tough to play (physically challenging). You need 2 flags for this game and divide everyone in 2 groups. Now on the field, place the flags at both ends, as far as possible, and keep a goalie. When the whistle blows, the players of 1 team will try to take the flag of the other team, and vice versa. Here, apart from stealing other team’s flag, you will also have to defend your flag. Whichever team manages to keep their flag safe and steal the other team’s flag the most, wins.

Marco Polo in the Pool
Marco polo is one of the most popular games as you can play it in the pool and on the ground as well. Everybody chooses It who has to be blindfolded or closes his/her eyes. All the players scatter in the swimming pool and asks It to duck into the water. As It comes out of the water, he/she has to shout Marco loudly. Other players who are at different corners of the pool will reply saying Polo. The players have to save themselves from being tagged by It. Whoever gets tagged has to become to new Marco.

Paint-balloons
No, I’m not asking you to paint the balloons. What we are doing is altering the game of paintball. Instead of using a paintball gun, we will use balloons filled with colored water or better yet, Kool-Aid. Divide yourselves into 2-3 teams and fill the balloons with colored water or Kool-Aid. Now the trick here is, each team will choose 1 color to represent themselves. Let’s say you have 3 teams, then team #1 will use red, team #2 will use blue, and team #3 will use green. Once the whistle blows, hide and navigate yourself to the opponents and get them drenched with your color.

The main idea of organizing these amazing games is to bring everyone together and have a great time. Bring snacks and plenty of fresh fruit juices to your outdoor family fun, and enjoy playing some family fun games.

How to Play Mumblety-peg

Mumblety-peg game rule
Wars were constant in the 19th and 20th century, and recession was always around the corner. Not every kid on the block could afford a ball or buy a baseball bat. But knives were pretty much affordable, and almost every kid had them. Pocket knives were used by kids for self-protection in those lean times. It was used to test the manliness of every kid who didn’t want to be called chicken. The game of mumblety-peg was derived from here.

Mumblety-peg involves throwing a pocket knife deep into the ground. The position at which it hits the ground―sideways or straight up―decides the number of points. It involves different stunts that can be performed, which obviously gets more points. The name of the game is derived from a stick driven into the ground by the winner using a pocket knife, which the loser has to pull out using only his teeth, while mumbling curses at the winner.

Versions of the Mumblety-peg Game
Although the basic version of the game involves throwing a pocket knife into a circle in the ground, a variant of this involves two people standing away from each other and throwing a knife near their own foot. Whoever throws the knife closest to their foot without getting hurt, wins. If the player moves his foot, the opposing player wins.

Another version of the game involves throwing the pocket knife from different angles, and the other player tries to imitate the same and land it successfully at a straight angle with the blade thrust into the ground.

The last variant of the game is called ‘Chicken’. The player is asked to keep some sticks between his feet. The other player then throws the knife as close to the center of the gap. The first player then moves his foot to the place where the knife is stuck. This goes on till the player reduces the gap between the feet with the least amount of knife throws. If the player decides to forfeit or thinks he’s about to lose, he’s termed chicken; hence the name of the game.

Playing Rules
Let’s follow the basic version of the game of throwing a knife deep into the ground. To make it interesting, there are 24 different trick tosses that one can perform. If you forfeit or are unable to perform more tricks than the opposing player, you lose the game.

▶Close the fist of your right hand, with the back of the hand facing the ground. Place the knife on your palm, with the blade pointing towards the right. Now, with your hand close to the ground, swing the knife in a semicircle continuously, so that it falls to the ground with the handle sticking upright. Now perform the same toss, but with your left hand.

▶Hold the knife blade between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand. Now flip it with a downward motion, so that it spins and lands in the ground. Now perform the same trick, but with your left hand.

▶Hold the blade of the knife as described in the above trick, in your right hand, and bring it close to your left ear so that the handle touches it. Now let the other hand touch your right ear. Now throw the knife so that it flips once and lands in the ground. Now do the same trick with the left hand.

▶Hold the knife blade as told in the above trick, and let the handle touch your nose. Throw the knife and let it flip through the air and stick in the ground. Perform the same trick, except bring the handle close to your right eye. Continue to do the same by holding the knife near the left eye. It can be done by either hand.

▶Place the blade on top of the head, with the forefinger holding the knife upright. Using your forefinger, strike a blow to the back of the handle, so that the knife spins in the air and lands on the ground with the blade embedded inside. This can be done by either hand.

▶Hold out your left hand with the fingers pointing up. Now place the blade of the knife on the thumb of your left hand, with the handle being held by the forefinger of your right hand. Using your forefinger, hit the handle, and make the knife spin and land on the ground, with the blade embedded in the ground. Repeat this with the left forefinger, left middle finger, left ring finger, and left pinky. Now repeat the same trick by holding the blade on the thumb of your right hand, with the knife being held by your left forefinger.

▶For this trick, sit with your knees up. Place the knife point on your right knee, with the knife being held by the right forefinger. Throw the knife using your forefinger, so that the it lands in the grass, blade side down. Repeat the same trick with your left knee and forefinger.

▶While kneeling down, hold the blade point between the thumb and forefinger of your hand, and toss it behind you, in a backwards toss, so that it lands in the grass.

▶The last trick is known as ‘plowing the field’. With the knife stuck in the ground from the last trick, land a blow on the handle so that it spins and lands a yard farther.

If you perform all the tricks successfully and faster than your competitor, you win. Mumblety-peg has become extinct, and is rarely played due to people losing a toe or getting stabbed in the foot. If you still wish to play, it would be advised to do so under proper supervision.

Rules to Play the Four Square Game

Four Square can be played on an official court, or the squares can even be drawn on any hard surface using chalk. This is a game that’s enjoyed by children and adults alike, using a minimum setup. In the following sections, we shall learn how to play the Four Square ball game, through its rules and some variations.
Requirements
Chalk
Four squares
Four or more players
8-inch diameter ball
Objective
To keep hitting the ball using only your hands, into the opponent’s square, without letting it bounce twice or committing a foul, while defending your own.
The Court
The court should be square-shaped, which measures 16 square feet.
The court is divided into 4 quadrants, with 8 feet on each side.
There should be a clearance area of 6 feet around the court, or a distance of 12 feet between multiple courts.
Rules
The squares can be named after celebrities, movie stars, numbers, or anything else just to make it interesting. In this scenario, let’s name them with numbers.
The numbers are marked clockwise, from 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest ranking number in the game. The square marked 4 should have a diagonal line across it to mark the server’s position. The positions of 3 and 4 are reversed, so that the lowest and highest ranking numbers are diagonally opposite each other.
The person standing in square 4 is the captain, and he makes up the rules. It could vary from closing your eyes after you hit the ball, to spinning in the same spot after you hit the ball. The aim of every player is to be in the highest ranking square.
The person standing in the highest ranking square is the server, and serves the ball after letting it bounce once and hitting it into another player’s square.
Players can use any part of their hand to hit the ball, including the wrist, tips of the hand, as well as the back of the hand. The ball can be hit with open or closed fists.
Spinning the ball is not allowed. As long as the ball is hit and it spins because of the force of the hit, it is fine.
The receiver can hit the ball into any of the remaining squares.
Players who strike the ball incorrectly are eliminated. When this occurs, the rest of the players move up one square, and the empty spot is filled by a new player. The play continues till only one player remains.
Fouls
Hitting the line between the squares with the ball.
Hitting the ball overhand or sidearm.
Stepping into another player’s square to play the ball.
Catching or carrying the ball.
Letting the ball bounce in your own square twice.
Failing to hit the ball when it lands in your own square.
Variations
You can try these variations to bring the excitement and fun to a higher level in the game.
Upball: Players must hit the ball above their heads.
Underhanded: All the hits must be made underhanded, as suggested.
Out-of-pocket: Players must step outside their square after hitting the ball.
Airball: Players must jump a feet in the air before hitting the ball.
Jedi: Players must close their eyes after hitting the ball.
Flamingo: Players must choose a leg to stand on, and play the entire game on one foot.
Common injuries incurred in this sport are abrasions and bruises to the knees and elbows. So, it’s advised to wear knee and elbow pads to prevent such injuries. The game is popular enough, that it has its own world championship, that takes place in Maine every winter.

How to Play Freeze Tag

Freeze tag game
From Fun to Anguish
In 2004, a school dinner lady in Dorset was partially paralyzed when a boy playing tag rammed into her. Unfortunately, her claim for damage was ruled out by 3 Court of Appeal judges.
Tag is a game that is enjoyed by the young and the old, the quiet and the noisy, the big and the small, and everyone in between. It has been played for as long as we can all remember, and whether you were in the U.S, in Britain, in France, China, or India, you have played some form of tag or the other. Because of its versatility, the rules, requirements, and end goal, it can be played around with and shifted about, and today we have over 20 different versions of this game, including the likes of Zombie Tag, Blind Man’s Bluff, Laser Tag, Duck, Duck Goose, Flashlight Tag, Cops and Robbers, Chain Tag, Shipwrecked, Kick the Can, and Paintball – all exciting and colorful forms of the classic.

But by far, one of the most popular of them all is Freeze Tag, which back here was called “Ice and Water”. We bring you the instructions on how to play freeze tag, which can turn out to be a delightful use of a lazy Sunday afternoon!
HOW TO PLAY FREEZE TAG: Step by Step Instructions

What You’ll Need
– A group of 4 or more people
– A large, open space
– Time on your hands
– And some stamina!

You caught us there, we were trying to be funny with the last bit!

The Idea
Just like a basic tag game, freeze tag too has one player who is “It”, who has to chase around and tag (touch) other players. In this version, the player who is tagged by “It” freezes in his/her place. They cannot move until another player tags them, which “de-freezes” them. The game continues till all the players are frozen. Have a pep talk about playing the game in true spirit without any rashness before you start.
Step 1
Gather your posse and decide which member will be “It”. He or she can take a count till 5, while the other players will disperse, and then begin to chase them.
Step 2
When whoever is “It” tags a player, he freezes. Another player has to come to the rescue of the frozen one, tag them or give them a high-five, which acts as a “melter” or “de-freeze”.
Step 3
This goes on till all the players are frozen. Based on how you choose to play, either the first player caught, or the last player frozen becomes the new “It”.
So how easy was that? To spruce things up, this game can be turned on its head and played in a couple of different ways.
ALTERNATE VERSIONS
In your alternate version you can change a couple of things. If you’re up for a serious game, you can allot a time limit. Within that time limit, if all players are frozen, then “It” wins. Alternately, the team wins, if “It” fails to complete his task.
If there is a large group, you can have two players acting as “It”, this will make the game more challenging, and thus more interesting.
You can also give the person who is “It” a fair chance to win the game by setting the rules such that the player who is frozen cannot be rescued by their teammates.
You can also have a person who is tagged/frozen thrice in a row to be the new “It”
Another fun version, sometimes called Tunnel Freeze Tag is a form where to rescue a frozen player, a teammate has to crawl between their legs and tap them, which releases them from the freeze position.
In a version called Chain Freeze Tag, freeze tag is merged with its counterpart, the Chain Tag. In this mode, a player can be rescued by tagging him, and the latter links hands, thus forming a chain. They run together, rescuing other frozen teammates on the way. If “It” tags one person in the link, everyone else simultaneously freezes, until they get lucky with a free player who will “melt” them.
Tag is a fun game where age or occupation never acts as a barrier, and you can enjoy this game with friends and family any time of the month, and through any season! Go tag!

Outdoor Team Building Games

Outdoor games can be a great way to refresh stressed out minds and bodies. The games not only help to instill team spirit, they also motivate individuals. It is a great way to appraise an individual’s ability of making split second decisions, management and leadership skills. I will try to list some outdoor games, which are really fantastic for team building.
Outdoor Activities for Adults
Outdoor games are always fun for kids. Even adults love to join in outdoor activities and have pure fun. Team building activities help build relationship between co-workers, who generally interact only during work-related activities. It helps people learn more about the people they work with. This makes the general atmosphere in the office healthy and open. Some of the outdoor games that can be played by adults are as follows:
– Amoeba Race
This is a fun-filled race which requires close physical contact, group co-operation and competition. The group forms a biological cell, that is, cell wall, protoplasm and nucleus. A person who has good eyesight can be made the nucleus. He is supposed to sit on someone’s shoulders as a look out. Others can stand together surrounding the nucleus. These people become the protoplasm. Some team members should surround the protoplasm and face outwards. Their elbows should be linked together forming the cell wall. Try to build a block or maze and ask the amoeba group to travel along the given track. The group should then split into two amoebas and the new group should have its own nucleus. Have an amoeba race to spice things up.
Zoom and Re-zoom
This activity helps build communication and problem solving skills in the team. A problem is given to the team. A story is made up, which contains the solution. The team is handed out pictures in a sequence, linked to the story. Each team member tries to explain his picture and find a link among the group. This requires patience and good communication skills. The story is linked and a solution to the given problem is found out.
Helium Stick
This activity is a good team building exercise. Bring a long, lightweight helium stick. Helium weighs lighter than air, thus, can float in the air. Ask the team members to stand in a straight line. Place the helium stick on their extended index fingers. Make sure they do not hold or pinch the stick between their fingers. The task is to lower the stick to the ground. The stick floats up rather than moving down. The group needs to be patient, work in tandem and try to bring the stick down (which is easier said than done!). The trick is, there is no helium gas-filled in the stick. The collective pressure that is exerted by the fingers is more than the weight of the stick. This causes it to float up mysteriously.
-Limited Senses Game
This is a rather difficult game but one which will be lots of fun. The obstacles should be removed from the area, where the game is supposed to be played. Hand over each participant one number, which they are to keep secret. Try and jump the series, for example, 1,2,4,5,3,6,7,10,8,9 and so on. Blindfold the participants and ask them to find the numbers before and after them without seeing or talking to each other. They can clap, stomp or do anything to find the missing link. It is great to see many people come up with innovative ways to express themselves.
– Welded Ankles Game
This activity leads to communication, leadership skills and teamwork. Mark a straight line with bright paint or use a bright-colored rope. The game is that the team has to walk from start to finish, maintaining contact of the ankles. If anyone from the group loses contact, the game has to be re-started.
– Relay Bicycle Race
You can even try different sports activities to build team spirit as well as individual strengths. These activities include a game of archery where one measures the level of concentration and strength, relay races on a bicycle or small motorbike. Plain old musical chairs is also a fun game to play outdoors. Charade ideas can also be tried to build team spirit within the group.
There are many conventional sports like basketball, baseball or even beach volleyball which help develop team spirit.
You can try many other activities like treasure hunt or rafting. Outdoor team building games are stimulating and help members know each other better. Leadership skills, problem solving attitude and many more hidden attributes are discovered through outdoor games. These games not only help in developing a team, but it is also a great break from the daily mundane tasks.

How to Play Kick the Can With Your Friends

Method of playing kick the can with your friends
Quick Tip
While playing ‘kick the can’, the can need not be an actual can. It could be any designated object that can be placed in the center of the play area to be kicked every time the game reaches a turning point.
Spending a fun-filled evening with friends is something that all kids look forward to. Why kids, even adults love to unwind with those who are fun and great company to be with. As far as kids are concerned, enjoying the outdoors is a perfect way to let your child refresh his/her mind after a day of school work. Outdoor activities and games are essential to a child’s life as they are silent teachers of lessons that go beyond the confines of a classroom.

‘Kick the can’ is a classic outdoor game. It is a great game to learn teamwork, garner good sportsman spirit, and even develop leadership traits. These must-have ideals in life are instilled in kids by interacting with other kids and socializing with them for a cause. So, without further ado, here’s how to play kick the can. Go through the rules of this game with your child so that the playtime is fair and enjoyable.

How to Play Kick the Can
Step #1
Gather all your friends together to play this game. More the number of friends, more fun this game becomes. After all, there is a reason why they say more the merrier!
Step #2
Select a can to serve as the most important part of this game. If you cannot find a can, then pick an object that can serve as a can or one that can be kicked.
Step #3
Demarcate the play area and lay down the periphery that will be used while playing the game. This is an important step which must not be missed. If an area is not demarcated, the players will get ample of scope to hide in inaccessible or far off areas, which will make the game never-ending.
Step #4
Out of the group of kids willing to play the game, pick one to play ‘it’ who will search for other kids. There are various methods of picking the ‘it’ person. You can rely on a round of rock, paper, scissors, or ‘1,2,3 or not it!’. The ‘it’ person will seek all those who hide.
Step #5
Place the can roughly in the center of the play area. Next the ‘it’ person should close his eyes and count to a hundred so that the other kids get enough time to hide. Once the counting is over, ‘it’ has to find everyone who is hiding. Likewise, when ‘it’ is on the move searching, all the other hiding kids have to move around in a stealthily manner to prevent being caught.
Step #6
As the ‘it’ seeks out all those in the hiding, prevent making any big moves. This will help you be in the hiding for a longer time.
Step #7
When the ‘it’ spots someone, he or she will dash to the can, place one foot on it and call out ‘I spot… the spotted kid’s name’. The kid whose name has been called out will have to come out of the hiding, and be ‘jailed’.
Step #8
As ‘it’ goes around searching, and a hider is ‘jailed’, the other players in hiding have to try to free their ‘jailed’ fellow hider, by sneaking up and kicking the can before ‘it’ notices or spots him/her. However, if the seeker finds the others in the meanwhile, the game ends. But, if the jailed person is freed, then the game begins all over again.
These were the eight simple rules of playing kick the can. Playing this game in the night or after the sun goes down can be fun, but dangerous when kids are involved. Thus, ensure all the safety measures are met with, and the play area is safe and protected. Lastly, do remember to play the game fair and square!