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Games You Used to Play that Your Kids Will Love Too

A funny thing happened to me the other week. I was talking to my young cousin and she told me a story about playing tag at recess. Memories of running around playing tag with my friends when I was a young came flooding back to me. This got me thinking about all of the other games that I used to love to play.

Entertainment is always evolving; from a simple animated stick figure to latest fitness gaming consoles. But games that are so good they have stood the test of time deserve special credit. Here are a few timeless games worth playing over and over and over again:

  • Tag: One person is “it” in a group of friends. The “it” person tries to tag another person. When they do, they shout, “Tag! You’re it,” and the tagged person becomes the new “it”.
  • Hide and seek: Players hide while the seeker counts to 30 with their eyes closed. The seeker then tries to find the hidden players. The last player to be found wins.
  • Sardines: One player goes and hides while the rest of the players count to 30. Everyone seeks out the hidden player, when they find him or her they hide together until only one seeker is left.
  • Capture the flag: Two teams are formed and each has a flag to go and hide. Teams try to capture their opponent’s flag while defending their own.
  • Tug of War: Players separate themselves at two ends of a rope and try to pull their opponents over a pre-determined centerline. 

Notice a trend? Most of these games only require friends, space, and minimal equipment. Use ParticipACTION’s game database to get details on these games and learn about many others.

What was your favourite game to play as a kid?

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