Squirrels hide nuts to last through the cold months. Beavers hide aspen branches to nibble on during the winter. What an appropriate time to play hide-and-seek!
Here's the classic hide-and-seek game: One child selected as "it" must stand at "home" with eyes covered and count out loud to at least the number 20 while the others find hiding places. When finished counting, "it" must try to find a player and tag her to become the next "it." If a player makes it safely to "home" without being tagged, she is safe.
Now try these fun variations:
- Sardine hide-and-seek: "It" must find a hiding spot while the other children cover their eyes and count to 20. Then the other children spread out to find "it." When a player finds "it," she must squeeze into the hiding spot with her, until all the children are hiding together (and stifling giggles!). The last player in the hiding spot becomes the new "it."
- Hide-and-seek tag: There is no "home" base. "It" must tag every child. The last player to be tagged becomes the new "it."
- Flashlight hide-and-seek: "It" holds a flashlight in this version, which is played at night. The other players hide but must leave one part of their body exposed. "It" must tag a player with a flashlight beam, and then turn off the flashlight before opening it in another location. The last player to be tagged with the flashlight is the new "it."