Posted on August 15 2018
I know I can't be the only one that gets hit with the nostalgia of grade school. As we transition into fall I cant help but remember the excitement of going back to school, which meant getting back to my favorite subject: Recess. I was thinking the other day about all of the games er used to play, and I startef yo get so bummed out that I don't get to chase the boys in tag or try as hard as I could to ram into a wall of my friends in Red Rover. Then I thought, why not? Why couldnt I do that? Just because we're "adults" doesnt mean we canl't stil play games, right? Rght. SO I gathered uo a gaggle of friends and we tested out some classic kids games to test out. Here's our top 4:
1. Four Square
A classic from just about everyone's childhood. All you need for this one is a piece of chalk and a ball, so simple right?? Who doesn't love a game that pits all their friends against each other right? The game is all about the squares, which are much smaller when you aren't child sized anymore adding a little bit of a challenge. The game starts with the player in square 4 bouncing the ball into another square. The next person then has to hit the ball into another square before it bounces twice! Make sure not to hold the ball or let it bounce out of bounds, otherwise you're outta there!
This game is fun because anyone can play it well. Not great at traditional sports? Not a problem! The rules the rules can be as simple or as complex as you like! Are you a total butter fingers? Perfect! You're not supposed to catch the ball anyway! See the official rules at www.squarefour.org/rules (yes, you read right, there are official rules to this game) Check out their Monstrous List of Cool Rules to add more fun and challenge to the game too!
2. Crab Soccer
Get ready for the ab and cardio workout of your life. Crab Soccer is exactly what it sounds like, but instead of driving to the coast to catch some crabs, you are the crab! This game usually requires anywhere between 6-12 people, but it can be played with as few as two people if you're willing to move a little more. Start with two teams like you would with classic human soccer, but with everyone in the crab walking position. As kids used to play with a large beachball, but if you're looking to make it really active try using a regular soccer ball. You'll be laughing and sweating father than you can say "i'm a crab pinch pinch pinch." 3 times.
3. Statues in the Park
If you need to rest a little after all the hard work from crab soccer try playing statues in the park. I'll admit it, this isn't one that I used to play in school, but it was showed to me by someone in elementary school, so it counts. Kind of like the classic tag, in this game one person is selected to be "it" the rest are all statues. The "it" closes their eyes and counts to 5 while everyone else gets into position. When they open their eyes the statues can only move when the "it" isn't looking, but be careful if they see you even out if the corner of their eye, you're out! Make it a little more age appropriate to it by setting a "base" the statues need to move to in order to win.
4. The Floor is Lava
This game has aged like fine wine. It's never not fun! It's basically tag to the extreme. You can always play it at a park, or you could even play inside! We played in a house and incorporated one of our favorite drinking games (Ice-ing) with it. We hid bottles of Smirnoff Ice in different spots around the house. whoever found one had to drink the while thing before the game could resume. It felt very "Animal House" but we still had a blast revisiting our childhood and college years at the same time. Add some realism to it with this Lava floor decal from Amazon.
Next time you're hanging out with friends or family and you're sick of watching Netflix or playing Cards Against Humanity, consider playing one of these, or make up your own using your favorite playground game! Mix it up and see what you can come up with together, just make sure you have some fun!