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Top Ten All-Time Classic Kids Games

British Bulldogs
Type: Outdoor Game
Players: 12 or more
The general idea in British Bulldogs is to make it from one end of a field to the other without being tagged or having a flag taken off of your body by the players in the middle. Tackling is generally banned in most schoolyards.

Dodgeball
Type: Outdoor Game
Players: 12 or more
One of many variations of the game has two teams at opposite ends of a gymnasium trying to eliminate players from the opposing team by throwing at, and hitting them with a number of large rubber or sponge balls.

Checkers
Type: Board Game
Players: 2
To win a game of Checkers, a player must leap frog in diagonal movements over an opponents piece or pieces, thus removing them from the board until all the opponent pieces have been taken off the board.

Flicking or KnockDown
Type: Trading Card Game
Players: 2
Trading cards are leaned up against a wall, and then both players flick cards at the wall in an attempt to knock down the cards to take possession of them. Variations include flicking for distance or into a can to take the cards.

Go Fish
Type: Card Game
Players: 2 to 4
After being dealt five to seven cards, a player asks an opponent if they have a certain type of cards that already exist in the asking players hand. If the opponent has none, the asking player must “Go Fish” for a card from the deck.

Hide and Seek
Type: Indoor or Outdoor Game
Players: 2 or more
Similar to ‘Tag’, players are given a count to go and find a place to hide. After the count is done, usually by the announcement “”Ready or not, here I come!”, the player who is ‘it’ must go and seek the other hiding players.

Jacks
Type: Indoor or Outdoor Game
Players: 2 or more
Each player takes turns bouncing or throwing a ball. While the ball is in the air, the players grab combinations of jacks or stones before the ball bounces twice. Variations include grabbing as many jacks as possible on each turn.

Kick The Can
Type: Outdoor Game
Players: 3 or more
Kick The Can rules vary, but for the most part the object of the game (after time has been given to hide) is to kick a can set out in the open before being touched by the person guarding the can.

Seven Up
Type: Classroom Game
Players: 14 or more
While the rest of the kids in the class put their heads down and one thumb up, seven classmates walk around the class and choose one persons thumb to push down. Guess who pushed your thumb down, and you get to switch places.

Snakes (Chutes) and Ladders
Type: Board Game
Players: 2 to 4
The goal in Snakes and Ladders is to get your marker to the top of the board by moving spaces and climbing ladders while avoiding snakes, which drop a player down to lower levels on the playing board.