Monday, March 19, 2012

Polka Dot Tag!

We had some beautiful weather and spent some quality time playing outside with one of my favorite things: sidewalk chalk! After working on a few pictures with my daughter (5) and son (2), I started drawing some big circles all over the driveway with the intention of having my kids hop from one circle to the next like pretend lily pads.

Then we all started a game of tag! The catch? You can only step in the circles! I came up with two ways to win this simple version. Firstly, you can win by tagging someone just like regular tag. Secondly, you can win by stepping into the same circle as someone you're chasing!

As many games do, our game morphed and I added in another complication: I drew circles in a different color! The secondary color has less circles and are meant only for whoever is "it" and doing the chasing. This makes it significantly harder for the chaser to tag their victims!

Finally, I added in a final complication to our game to create the final version of "Polka Dot Tag!" In addition to all the circles, draw a half circle in each color on both sides of your driveway. These half circles serve as "home base" for both teams - the runners had white circles in our case, and whoever was "it" had the orange circles. Now here's the rules: begin in your designated color home base, on opposite sides of the driveway from each other. When you shout "On your mark! Get set! Go!" begin running across the driveway - careful to only step in your own color of circles. The object of the game is to make it across to your other home base without getting tagged! You're it!

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