Four Chairs

a.k.a. Four Cones
Type of Game Moving Games
# of Participants unlimited, best with a group of 10-40
Materials 4 cones or chairs
Where to Play outside

How to Play:
Before the game starts, set up four cones in a square with about 20-30 feet between each cone.

Divide the group into four smaller teams. Each team should come up with a team name. Tell the teams which cone is #1, #2, #3, and #4.

Have the teams line up around cone #1 with each team facing the cone from a different direction. Once they have lined up, the leader will tell them that they must line up this way every time. They must be facing the cone from the same direction and they must be in the same order.

The leader calls out a different cone number and the teams race to get to the cone and then to line up properly around it. The first team to line up on the right side of the cone, in the right order, and shouts their team name wins a point.

Play continues with the leader deciding how many points it will take to win.

Video:
This is a great video from Ultimate Camp Resource!

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Animal Tag

Type of Game this is a tag game
# of Participants unlimited
Materials none
Where to Play inside or outside in a space large enough for your group to run around safely

How to Play:
This game is like regular tag except that the person who is “it” gets to choose which animal everyone else (including themselves) will have to emulate.

The “it” person will choose the animal and then give the rest of the participants 3 seconds to re-position themselves. If the “it” person chose ‘turtle’ they would have to chase everyone like a turtle and the participants would have to run away like a turtle. If the animal is one that makes noise, the participants must also make the noise of that animal.

Play continues as long as the participants can come up with new animals!

Video:
This is a great video from Camp Leadership with Forrest Perry facilitating!

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Atlas

Type of Game Tag Game
# of Participants unlimited, works best with a large group
Materials a large ball for adults or older children or a small ball for younger children
Where to Play outside in an open area that is safe for running

How to Play:
Before the activity begins, mark out an area with pylons or other markers. This area should be large enough for the whole group to fit inside of it but not so large that the participants are far away from one another.

The leader will choose someone to be “it”. This person is Atlas and must carry the Earth (the ball). The leader will explain that Atlas is always carrying the Earth and that it gets heavy sometimes. He/she will explain that Atlas is going to try to get other people to help him/her to carry the Earth.

Atlas can carry and run with the ball anywhere inside the playing area. The participants must remain inside the playing area at all times. If anyone else touches the ball, they are on Atlas’ team. Atlas can try to get other people on his/her team in any way he/she can. This game is very similar to dodge ball, except that even if you catch the ball you’re still “out” and have to help Atlas.

Atlas’ helpers can move freely around the playing area when they don’t have the ball. While carrying the ball, they can only move 3 steps before they must try to get someone out with it or pass it to another member of Atlas’ team.

The game ends when only one person remains and everyone else has been recruited by Atlas.

Video:
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Amoeba Tag

Type of Game Tag Game
Number of Participants: unlimited
Materials: none
Where to Play: outside in a large space

How to Play:
Two people are chosen to be “it”. They must hold hands and chase the rest of the participants.

When someone is tagged, they join the two people who are “it” by holding hands with them. Once the “it” group has 4 people holding hands, they can split off into two pairs, both “it”.

The two pairs then continue to chase the rest of the participants. The game continues until no one is left.

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Everybody’s It

Type of Game Tag Game
Number of Participants: unlimited
Materials: none
Where to Play: outside

How to Play:
The leader yells “everybody’s it” in an open space and the participants run around trying to tag one another while avoiding being tagged.

Once tagged, participants sit down and try to tag those left running.

If two participants tag one another at the same time, they can either both sit down or both remain free. The leader or group can decide this beforehand. Continue reading

Elbow Tag

Type of Game Tag Game
Number of Participants: unlimited, works best with a group of 20+
Materials: none
Where to Play: inside or outside

How to Play:
Split the participants up into pairs. Each pair links arms with each other at the elbow. This works best if participants choose someone around the same height as themselves.

Two participants are chosen to be “it”. They will break apart and chase the pairs. When an “it” player links arms with a pair, the person on the opposite side must break off and become “it”. They cannot link up with the same group they were with before but must find a new pair.

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