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Published January 26th 2011

Remember those days when a game of tag could keep you amused for an entire afternoon? Or a game of hide and seek could last all day? For some free fun, fresh air and exercise, revisit your childhood days and play some games with your friends.

Tag/tiggy is easily the most popular childrens game. Someone is chosen to be it. That person chases the other players and tags them by touching them lightly. The person who is tagged either becomes it or must sit out until everyone has been tagged. Blind Man's Bluff is a fun variation where the chaser is blindfolded.

Capture the flag is a strategic game that can take an entire day to finish. This game requires several players, who are separated into two teams. Each team has a flag or other marker that they must protect from the other team. The first team to capture their rivals flag is the winner. Capture the Flag is better in a large backyard or park with lots of plants and structures to hide behind.

Red light green light is a game for three or more players. One person is it and stands at one end of the yard. The other players start at the opposite end. The person who is it turns their back and the other players walk towards him or her. Whenever it turns around, the players must freeze. If they do not freeze, or if they are seen moving, they become it.

Red rover, also known as British bulldog, requires about ten players. One person stands in the middle of the yard while the other players line up at one end. The person in the middle says, "Red rover, red rover, I call over..." and names a player. That player must run to the other end of the yard without getting tagged. If the player calls out, "Bullrush!", all the players can run to the other side. Anyone who is tagged must stand in the middle and try to catch other players.

Sardines is a fun alternative to hide and seek. In this version, only one person hides. The other players seek and when they find the hider, they hide with them. The last person to find the hiding place is the loser.

For a complete list of childrens games from around the world, check out this Wikipedia article.
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Why? It's better than sitting in front of the TV
Where: Any backyard or park
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