Not much equipment games: Clothespin Tag!
Ages 2 – 100
Participants: As many as you want
Time Frame: Up to 25 minutes
Materials: About 3 clothespins per participant
Set Up: None (done during instructions)
A very fast game to set up with resources that can be found around the house! Get as many clothespins as you can (hopefully three or more per participant) and put them in a bag. Sit all of the participants so that you can explain the game. Start by saying that the game “Is just like tag” this way participants can get a vague idea of what it will be like and will be interested from the beginning. Explain to them that a clothespin is like an alligator and it has a large mouth that opens and closes. Demonstrate this by closing and opening the clothespin quickly close to them as if it were to “bite” them. Then put the clothespin on your shirt while they see how you do this. Explain to everyone that what you have to do is run and take peoples clothespins off and put them on your own shirt. Explain to them that you can run as fast as you can and spin and do whatever you want, but you can’t hit peoples hand’s away or hold on to your clothespins while you are running. Once everyone understands the game, place the pins on him or her and have them start. Everyone will be running everywhere having fun forever so make sure to end the game after about 5 – 10 minutes. Then have everyone count their pins, so that they practice their counting, and then tell them that if they have more then three (or however many you gave them) to look around and share so that everyone has three. Then start the round again. You can run this as many times as you want. You can have only the adults with clothespins for a round or only girls to add variety to the game. This game will provide entertainment for long periods of time with little equipment! Remember, always have fun, always … for the love of play!