Flashlight tag is a great way to burn off your kids’ energy before bed!
What You Need
- Flashlights, hand-held and/or head lamps
- Tripod (optional, if taking photos)
- Camera (optional, if taking photos)
What You Do
- Decide on the boundaries of the game, using trees or existing structures in a park or backyard.
- Whoever is “it” waits at home base with a flashlight and counts to 20
- When they’re done, they set out hunting for the others with the light.
- “It” tags a player by shining the light on them and identifying them (calling out their name).
- Once “tagged,” players return to the starting point until all are caught.
- The first person caught is “it” in the next round
- It’s fun to take photos of flashlight tag.
You need a tripod and a digital camera with a night setting.
Set up the tripod and ask the players to run toward the camera. The camera shutter will stay open a long time in order to gather enough light for the photo. The flashlights appear as swirling lines on the photo.
- Flashlight tag can help with going to bed.
Especially on school days where the kids might not have moved their bodies very much, a 15-30 minute game of flashlight tag before bed can get squeeze in some outdoor time in a busy day.
And in the spring, it might transform into a frog observation night!