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Rules, instructions, set up and directions on how to play kids favorite Hide and Seek games. 

Original Hide and Seek

Chain

Squished Sardines

Flashlight Hide and Seek

Kick the Can

Hide and Seek Games

Instructions for Hide and Seek

How to Play: 
The object of Hide and Seek is for the person who is "it" to find the other players who are hiding.

Set Up:
First: Choose who will be the Seeker first.  The person who is the Seeker closes or covers their eyes and counts to 50.  While they are counting the rest of the players scatter and find places to hide.  The Seeker then goes looking for the other players who are hiding.  When the Seeker finds a player who is hiding then that player is out.  The last player to be found is the winner and becomes the new Seeker.

Hide and Seek Variations:

Chain Hide and Seek
What You Need to Play:
Children and lots of places to hide

Object:

To find those who are hidden

First
:
Choose “it”. Count to 50 while the other children hide.

Play:
When “it” finds the first child they link arms (or hold hands) and go on to find the next person hidden. Each time someone is found they join the chain. The last person to be found get to choose who’s it for the next round.

Squished Sardines
What You Need to Play:
Kids and places to hide

Object:
Played like hide and seek with a twist.

First:
Choose a player to be “it” or the Hider first.   The Hider then hides while all the other children count to 50.

Play:

Players look for the player who hid first.  When a Seeker finds them they hide with them. The game ends when all but one person is hiding with the original Hider. Very fun game! It’s hard to hide quietly with a bunch of kids together.

Strategy:
While looking for the Squished Sardines that are hiding together listen for laughter - that will usually direct you to the hiding spot.

Warnings:
The first person hiding needs to make sure their hiding spot is big enough for several people.




Kick the Can
What You Need to Play:
Empty can and lots of Kids

Object:
Like hide and seek only players kick a can to avoid being caught.

First:
Place the empty can in a large open area. Choose who will be the Seeker first. Designate a spot near the can to be the “jail”.

Play:
The first Seeker counts to 50 while the other kids hide. Then they go and try to find the hidden players. When the Seeker sees a player they call out the players name and location.

Then both the Seeker and the player hiding who has been called out race to the can and try to be the first one to kick it.
If the Seeker kicks the can first then the player goes to the “jail”. If the player kicks the can first then the player and all the prisoners in the jail are free and the Seeker must count again.
If the Seeker catches all the players in jail then a new round starts with a new Seeker.
 
Variations:

Instead of calling out the players name, the Seeker must tag the kids they find and they are sent to the “jail”.

Any player who has not been caught can kick the can (without being caught) and set all the prisoners free.

After tagging or calling out a players name they have found, the Seeker must run back to the can, put their foot on top of it and call out “ 1, 2, 3 on ______” (fill in the blank with the players name) before the player who has been found can kick the can from under his foot. This gives the player who is caught 3 additional seconds to get out of their hiding place.

Flashlight Hide and Seek
What You Need to Play:
Flashlights and darkness

Object:
The Seeker looks for hidden children with a flashlight

First:
The Seeker counts to 50 while all other players hide.

Play:
The Seeker takes the flashlight (turned off) and seeks out the other children. When they find a hidden player they turn on the flashlight and shines the light on them. The child who was found takes the flashlight (turned off) and goes to find another player who is hiding. The game can go on for a long time without counting and hiding all over again.  

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