#86 Hide and seek

Time needed: 30 min

Why? Children will involve many skills, counting, using senses, body movement, phantasy.

When? When ever you think your lesson need a relaxing of the teaching and learning atmosphere, in sport lessons as well, don’t just think smaller children like to play that game.

How? A number of players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by one or more seekers. The game is played by one player (designated as being “it”) counting to a predetermined number while the other players hide. After reaching the number, the player who is “it” tries to find the other players. After the player designated as “it” finds another player, the found player must run to base, before s/he is tagged by “it.” In some versions, after the first player is caught, it calls out “Ollie Ollie oxen free” (or “all outs, all in free” or many other variations) to signal the other hiders to return to base for the next round. A derivative game is called “sardines”, in which only one person hides and the others must find them, hiding with them when they do so. The last person to find the hiding group is the loser.

Any risks? This game is always enjoying for everyone, but give a clear time-frame otherwise they will over do it. Special “sardines” is preferred  for older students.

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