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31 May, 2010

Know More Do More Mondays: you’re IT

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Archive of playground games|- Know More Do More

This week’s activity was a doozy, and I was wholly unprepared:

Organize a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood and recruit a few families to participate. 83% of youth in Canada report that their neighbourhood is safe for younger children to play outside. 

I’m wondering, if the majority of Canadians surveyed think that their neighborhoods are safe, why are there so few kids playing outside? And so few walking to school?

Anyway, back to this past week’s activity… I’m sorry to report I had little time or energy to organize a scavenger hunt. It’s not that it’s hard for me. It’s not beyond my skill set. (In fact, we planned a scavenger hunt – clues and all – for Emma’s 7th birthday party, and it was THE TALK OF THE TOWN for months afterwards. If you can pull this off you will win parenting awards from near and far.)

BUT, due to time and energy constraints I decided to cheat and take the easy way out on this one.

Monday May 31, 2010I sent an email around our to a few of our neighbours asking if they wanted to meet us at the park for an after-dinner game of freeze tag instead.

Do you remember freeze tag? Someone is IT and everyone else scatters. If the person who’s IT touches another player, they’re “frozen” until a second player hustles over and crawl between their legs, thus unfreezing them and setting them free. If a player is frozen three times it’s their turn to be IT. To make it easier (mostly because the field in which we were playing was so huge) the person who was tagged three times became IT as well. So the number of people who were IT grew the longer we played. Get it?

A few families couldn’t make it but I was amazed to see that somehow we managed to collect about 18 people (!) for a playdate in the park. The youngest player was about 4, the oldest, well, our age. :) We played one exhausting round of freeze tag at the park. And then another. And then some of the kids ran races. And then we played a different game. And then we gave them a little time on the playground equipment before we all trudged home, sweaty and red-faced.

Good lord. IF THIS DOESN’T GUARANTEE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL.

With all the lunging and running I did I’m seriously thinking of giving up my gym membership and playing around at the park instead.  

It was a success! And so easy.

As for this coming week, the activity is this:

Take advantage of the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal. Kids who are physically active are less likely to become depressed.

HA! I think I got that one covered. BUT if you have any suggestions about where we should go and what we should see I would love to hear them.


5 Responses to "Know More Do More Mondays: you’re IT"

1 | Nat

May 31st, 2010 at 10:03 pm

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A scavenger hunt… oooooh…. I am so tempted to host one…

This Saturday, we dragged the Boy and his friend to Remic’s Rapid (might have the apostrophe wrong there) to see Ceprano’s sculptures. It was actually a great time by the river and the boys chose to stay for “a bit longer please” rather than come home and watch a movie.

Great time.

2 | Laura

June 1st, 2010 at 7:28 pm

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Oh that sounds like fun. The only problem with freeze tag is that my kids can run faster than I can. Would have to emply the “T” for time out frequently. lol I must tell you how much I enjoy your Know More Do More series…very inspiring. Thanks. :)

3 | Micheline Turnau

June 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

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Wow 18 people to the park for an activity that is great! I would love to try this in my neighbourhood but need to get everyone’s email I guess!!

4 | You’re IT >> a peek inside the fishbowl

June 12th, 2010 at 9:03 am

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[…] recent post about freeze-tag reminded me of something… when you were a kid and you were playing these kind of tag games, […]

5 | Day one of March Break, and a new gig >> a peek inside the fishbowl

March 14th, 2011 at 8:47 am

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[…] Some of you know this already, but I’m officially working as the Social Media / Community Manager / Social Media Content and Strategy Gal (I can’t come up with a title for myself – help?) for the Know More Do More campaign. I first wrote about KMDM in March 2010, and for the better part of a year we plowed through their tip jar to see if we could shake things up a little around here. It was KMDM that inspired me to go on a sugar fast, read labels a little more closely, and organize a neighborhood game of freeze tag. […]

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