It’s hard to believe the sun is actually setting earlier now as we head toward the end of summer! Just because it’s getting dark doesn’t mean children need to stay inside. A game of Flashlight Tag may be just the thing to get them outdoors during the later evening hours— kids love flashlights! The only equipment needed is a flashlight (with some good batteries of course).
There are a number of variations to this game, but here is one to try:
1. Gather your family, friends or neighbors (4 or more people) and begin by laying down some ground rules. Designate the playing area, making sure it has a lot of hiding spots and is also safe.
2. Choose someone to be “it.” This person will hold the flashlight.
3. The person designated as “it” counts to 50 while everyone else hides.
4. He or she then begins looking for the others, keeping the flashlight on and not covered. To “tag” someone, the person who is “it” must shine the light on him and also call out his name correctly.
5. The one caught first becomes the new “it” and the game begins again.
Tag is a classic game and flashlight tag is a wonderful summer variation on a game that is developmentally rich. Have your kids plan a fun game of flashlight tag out with the neighbors this evening. They will be entertained, they will exercise physically and socially and they will have a blast!