#5 KB Favorite Game: Guards
What can you do with a bucket of tennis balls and some hula hoops? A lot of things, actually. But one of our favorite things to do with them here at KB is to play the game Guards.
Setting up the game: Each player gets a hula hoop, and you lay them in a circle, the diameter can change depending on how difficult you want the game to be, or the age of the players. You will then mark off the center of the circle, preferably big enough so that someone cannot easily touch both sides at any point. Dump all the tennis balls, lets call them jewels, (as many as you can possibly find, the more the better) in the center of that marked off circle.
Playing the game: Pick three guards (or you determine how many based on the age of the players and the size of the circle). One will stand in the center guarding all the balls, the other two will run between the center circle and the outer circle of hula hoops (remember the one you set up at the very beginning of the game?). The rest of the players will attempt to steal one jewel at a time and bring it back to their hula hoop. If they are tagged by the guards, they must return the jewel back to the center, return back to their hula hoop, and then they can try again.
This game is great for kids, ages 6 and up, and adults!