Hide and Seek plus other outdoor games you will all enjoy
Simple activities to occupy the kids.
Kids love hide and seek but why not try to make hide and seek a little more fun and grown up with some Camouflage Games. Kids still play hide and seek but it can be more of an army game.
As most kids love to dress up it is easy to get the kids enthusiastic about a simple game like hide and seek. So here are some tips to make these games a success.
• Wear muted colours with no bold outlines or logos
• Disguise faces. The shape of a face can really stand out
Use mud or face paints to blur the face and wear a cap to cast a shadow and cover up blonde hair.
• Try to adopt a shape that blends in with surrounding features.
• It is important to move quietly and slowly without sudden jerks.
• Look for wildlife – approach from downwind as most animals rely on their sense of smell. .
• To make your own camouflage use an old rug, sacking, or garden netting.
Outdoor games to play in the countryside
The following games are great for playing in open woodland in the countryside.
Everyone finds a spot to sit comfortably and quietly to watch,wait and listen. Bring some breadcrumbs or bird seed and scatter them twenty yards away from your lair. Then just wait and watch and listen.
Look for something unusual
Get your family group to split up over a small area and look for something unusual or of interest. It maybe a stone, a spiders web, a footprint, a nest, an ant hill. Allow five or ten minutes depending on the children’s age and then each one in turn shows the rest of the group what they have found.
Capturing the enemy
Divide into two teams. Each team has a base with a flag. The idea is for each team to try to creep up on the others team and take their base by capturing their flag.
For smaller groups and/or younger children have just one base guarded by an adult. The rest of the party has to try to creep unseen and storm the base and steal the flag if you have one.
Again two teams or a couple of people selected as seekers. The hiders go and hide making use of their camouflage while the seekers have to spot them. Once spotted they are either out or they have to make it back to base without being caught.