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Play Flashlight Tag
Flashlight tag is a great way to burn off your kids' energy before bed!
  • Flashlights, hand-held and/or head lamps
  • Tripod (optional, if taking photos)
  • Camera (optional, if taking photos)
Step 1
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
Step 2
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.

Step 3
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!

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Flashlight tag is a great way to burn off your kids' energy before bed!
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