Monday, June 17, 2013

Backyard Night Games with Energizer Headlights

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You all know that I have young kids, very young kids.  Sometimes it's a challenge to keep them entertained so I'm always trying to come up with fun activities to do with them.  My kids are VERY active and don't like to sit still for longer than 2 minutes, so I knew they needed a game to play that would keep them moving and entertained.

When I was a kid, we would play night games all. the. time.  We would get all of the kids on our street, dress up in all black and play games.  We played kick the can, ghost in the graveyard, swinging statues and just plain tag.  Now that my kids are getting older, I thought it would be fun to teach them how to play ghost in the graveyard.  And let me tell you, it was a huge hit!!

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Whenever you play night games, it's always fun to have flashlights.  So what better way to play than have one on your head so you don't have to worry about dropping it or it falling off, so you can run super hard and fast.  I headed to Walmart and bought some of the Energizer night headlights.  For my whole trip, check out my google+ album here.  
We headed over to some of our good friends' house and I gave each one a headlight to play.  
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Ghost in the graveyard is a mix between tag and hide in seek.  One player goes and hides.  I made them turn off their headlight so no one could see them.  These two wanted to hide together.
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The rest of the group has their headlights on and they count to 10, 50 or 100.  (Clearly these pictures were for different games :D).
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The kids go and search for the one that is hiding and when they think they have seen the hider, they yell "Ghost in the graveyard."  And then they run to base.  The hider can either start chasing them or continue to hide.  

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When everyone sees the hider, the game turns into tag and it's a race to base.  Then the person that gets tagged goes and hides and you start the game over again.
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As you can tell by the kids' faces, they had a BLAST!!  And the headlights made it even funner for them.  Especially since when the sun goes down they can continue to play.  Summer nights have the best weather, so it's the best time to just play outside so these lights will definitely come in handy.

I am so excited to use the night headlights for other things too.  Living in the country, it gets really dark at night.  Like really dark.  Our garage is about 30 feet from our house so when I have to go out to the garage at night, I have to hold a flashlight.  It's not great when I have to carry something out there.  So these will be perfect to use so I can use my hands.  They are also great to have in our emergency survival kits.  We get black outs here that can last for days, so it's great to have something on my head for light so I can use my hands, like cooking.  Oh and I'm totally going to use them for when I go running in the morning or at dusk to help #LightMyWay.  

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Margie P. said...

How fun is this? I am so going to do this with my kids!