Hide and Seek Game

The hide and seek game is one of the fun outdoor kids camp games and kids summer outdoor games.

This is good to play in gym class. It also is fun on the playground at recess time.

Kids can play it at a family reunion or picnic, too.

The Pre-Show

6 or more players
Ages: 8 and up


Begin by dividing the players up into 2 teams with the same number of kids. Then mark a spot as home base.

If an odd number of children are playing, players can choose who will sit out that round, a kid can volunteer to sit out, or you can play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who sits out.

One team is the hiders and the other the searchers. The hiders wander off leaving the searchers at home base.

After 5 minutes has elapsed, all but one of the hiders returns to base. He finds a good place and hides.

The seekers have to name the person who didn't return then all of them go off to find him while the hiders stay at base.

The hider needs to make it back to home base without being caught. If he does, his team wins that round and gets a point.

For the next round teams switch up. The hiders are now the searchers and vice versa.

After a preset number of rounds, the winning team is the team with the most points.


For older kids and school play, you can give them names of people currently in the news or in history.

If "George Washington" doesn't return, the kids call out his name and then try to find him.

Try and define how far a player must hide from home base. 25 feet is good.

It wouldn't be fair for someone to hide a few inches then touch home base once the searchers leave.

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