If you are looking for a way to get the kids away from the video games or television, get them to play capture the flag, a high-energy outdoor game that teaches kids how to play as a team. Capture the flag consists of two teams divided into two sides. The object of the game is to retrieve the other team's flag from its side to win the game. You can use duct tape to create the flags and make boundaries for each team.
- Two teams, with a minimum of three to four people on each team
- Field with trees or front and back yards
- Two rolls duct tape
Cut eight 12-inch strips of duct tape with the scissors. Lay four strips sticky side up vertically, on a flat surface, overlapping the edge of each strip to the next strip. Stick the other four strips to the vertically placed strips, sticky side down, in the same manner. This creates the flag. Make one flag per team in different colors. Hide the duct tape flags on your team's side.
Use the duct tape to divide the two teams' areas if you are playing this game in a field. When playing the game at someone's house, use the front yard for one team and the back yard for the other team. Place a line of duct tape at the midpoint of each side of the house, horizontal to the property line. The property line between the houses represents the full side boundaries for the game.
Choose a spot on each side and duct tape a small square on the ground to create the "prison" section. When you capture a person from the other team, they wait to be saved by their teammates in the prison.
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