Red Rover, Red Rover, send Ali right over.

As weather warms and lazy summery days approach, I find myself getting sappy and nostalgic and introducing my kids to the classic games I grew up with. You know, back when kids played outside for hours without parents hovering over them watching for crazy kid-nappers. Games like “ditch ‘em”, hide & go seek, kick the can, mother may I, red light/green light, red rover, Duck-Duck-Goose…

Can’t you smell the freshly cut grass and feel your heart pumping?

Here is a classic game that I grew up playing that is sure to be a hit with your kiddos:

Drop The Hankerchief
[Recommended with: kids ages 4 and up, 6 or more players, and a grassy yard or park]

This is the sneaky version of Duck, Duck, Goose. Players form a large circle, and stand instead of sitting in a circle. The person that is “It” walks around the outside of the circle and stealthy drops a hankerchief or piece of cloth behind someone. When that person realizes that the cloth has been dropped behind him/her, he/she chases “It” around the circle. If “It” makes it to the empty spot before being tagged then the chaser becomes “It”. It the chaser tags “It” before reaching the empty spot, “It” is “It” again.

{What game did you grow up playing that you play with your kids? We dare you to play a game as a family tonight before you wind down for the night.}

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