Some few decades ago, kids used to go outside and play with fellow kids in the neighborhood. They had a full human-human interaction unlike what we see today, courtesy of the modern technologies. This article talks about the non-tech games that you will surely enjoy and once played as a kid. Some of these games can be played indoors. However, for maximum enjoyment, we suggest playing them outdoor.
In addition, the rules for most of these games are adjustable depending on your imagination. Be creative!
Hide and seek
If you haven’t played this one then you must have had a different kind of upbringing. This is a game that every parent finds themselves playing with their children. The countdown always varies – sometimes up to 10, 20 or even 100. It is best done outdoor with a group of friends. One person does the countdown as the others hide. A specific point is set for tapping. The one counting starts looking for the hiding friends and when he sees them; he shouts their names and runs to tap. The caught friend may take an immediate turn and start counting or will be held hostage until all the others are found or is set free.
Best played with at least 3 persons
Kick the can
This is a game that slightly adjusts tag and hide & seek. There is a central person designated as “it” and a can placed in the middle of the playing area. The “it” closes his/her eyes and begins to count up to an agreed number as the others rush into hiding. “It” then tries to find everyone. If a person is tagged by “it”, they go into a holding pen for captured players. The captured player is released if one of the yet-to-be-caught players kicks the can. The end of the game is marked by all the non-“it” players are caught.
It is best played on a street that has minimal or no traffic at all. You may alsio play it in a paved area. Requirements include bikes, wagons, pedestrians, scooters or whatever is available. There is this person chosen to direct traffic and ensures that no one is crushing into the other. The game is more fun than you would expect and does a great job in teaching kids about traffic safety.
This game cuts across kids of all ages. There is one big parachute with handles that the game participants hold all round it. It’s always important to have someone directing the others on what to do. Players can just ruffle the parachute up and down a little bit, they can go all the way up and all the way down, or all the way up and then run underneath, sitting on the edge of the parachute, which can create a bubble of air with everyone inside, explains Wired.
The number of players taking part in the game is determined by the parachute size.
Jumping rope is a game that helps lots of kids, particularly girls, improve on their speed. As time goes with repeated gaming, they get really good at it and even come up with numerous styles for skipping the rope. It is an exercise in one way but all that is clouded by the fun in it.
And there you have it. You must have played at least one or two games from the list. There are lots of outdoor games that one can play. These are just but the general ones that most people don’t miss out on in their younger ages. However, that does not mean only kids can play them. When in a youths outing, you can get yourself together for a hide & seek or jump-rope. You will be surprised by the much fun you will have by the day end.