Flashlight Hide-And-Seek

Have you played hide-and-seek lately with your kids?  If you haven’t, you’re missing out.  Nothing beats the all-out sprints, anticipating wait and heated debate at the end. 🙂

And don’t forget the giggles, snuggles and smiles.

There are many versions of hide-and-seek, but today I wanted to highlight Flashlight Hide-And-Seek.  It’s our all-time favorite.

And yes, we play it inside.

It is best played at evening or nighttime when the house is dark.  The classic version is to have one person hold the flashlight while everyone else hides.  The person then uses the flashlight to find everyone hidden in the dark house.

But I still have little ones, so we change it up a bit.  Everyone gets a flashlight- the seekers and hiders.  You turn off the flashlight while you hide, but once you’re found, you turn yours on and help the seeker find everyone else.

And we have added one rule: no purposely scaring people.  We had a few potty accidents in our first few rounds.  (*Embarrassed cough*… bladders get weaker after babies.  It’s not my fault.)

Adapt to the ages you’re playing with.  Teenagers could definitely handle this outside at the park.  But my little baby gets nervous in the dark, so she leaves hers on as she wanders through the house.

This fun game can morph into shadow puppets on the wall or storytelling in the dark as kids get tired.  Let the activity flow as you go.  It’ll create some fun, bonding time.

Activities For Kids: Sock Soccer

Okay, guys:  I finally figured out how to make laundry magical!

I was folding what seemed to be an endless pile of laundry.  (Seriously, why did no one tell me four kids created an insane amount of dirty clothes?  I feel like I should have been warned.)

But I digress.

As I was deep into the pile of socks, I thought- “Hey, I bet we could play soccer with these.”  (Doesn’t everyone get random thoughts like this when doing mindless chores?!?)

So after dinner that night, I pulled out four plastic cups (for the goals) and a pile of folded socks from the laundry room.  We split up into two teams, and played soccer on the wood floors.

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It started as traditional soccer, but quickly turned into soccer with multiple balls (or sock chunks) and then progressed to Everyone vs Dad.  Then the baby sat in front of the goal and it became who can shoot past the baby (without hitting her in the face and making her cry).  No one succeeded at that.  🙂

It was fun and impromptu and silly.  My favorite kind of fun.

So, yes, laundry can be magical.  It just takes a little creative thinking.  So get out there, and score some sock goals on your kids!