Video and computer games can be expensive. There are also concerns that stationary activities such as these are a cause of childhood obesity. Fun and active games are available to children for free. Many of them are played outdoors, providing children with plenty of exercise and opportunities to socialise with other children.
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Capture the Flag
One team's territory is the front yard and the other team's territory is the back yard. Each team hides a flag on its territory. After each team has hidden their flag, they yell "ready." Once both teams are ready, the players for each team tries to find and capture the other team's flag. Some players stay and guard their flag while others try to capture the other team's flag. Any player who is tagged before reaching the flag while on the other team's territory is out and can no longer play. The game ends when one of the team's flags is captured. This game is sometimes called kick the can. Then the object is to kick over the other team's can. Other items besides a flag can be used.
Ghost in the Graveyard
This game is similar to capture the flag, except it can be played indoors and with fewer players. At least three players are required. One person is chosen to be "it." An object is then chosen as a base, such as a chair or door knob. The other players hide as the person who is "it" counts "1 o'clock, 2 o'clock" until reaching 12. Then they say "midnight" so all the players can hear. All of the players who are hiding try to get to the base before being tagged by the player who is "it." Any player who is tagged then become "it" and the games starts over.
A ball is needed to play this game, usually either a football or baseball. One player is designated the thrower and tosses the ball in the air. While the ball is in the air, the thrower calls out a number from between 50 and 500. Any player that catches the ball gets that many points. Anyone who drops the ball loses that many points. Players can get negative scores. The first player to reach 500 points wins and becomes the thrower.
Any easy game aimed at younger players, tag is still popular even though it has been played for generations. All that is needed is a back yard and at least three children. One player is designated "it." That player tries to touch another player. Once another player is touched, that player becomes "it."
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