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Capture the Flag is a classic playground game but can also be played anytime you need great kids party games.
This is a strategy game, which also includes a game of tag, so it works best for teens, tweens and older kids. (I know a few adults who still love to play it too!)
If you love this kids game, you can even build a party around it. Have a capture the flag party at the park! I've been to two parties like this - one was a birthday party where the birthday child just wanted all his friends to get together so they could play the game. Add a cake for the end, and you are done! Easy party!
This game could also be included in a army or military party, and is a great thing to play at a Percy Jackson party as well. This game isn't just for boys either, girls can have fun with it too!
By choosing teams well, you can have mix of skills, ages and abilities on each team. Each player brings their own unique skills and strengths to the team.
Keep in mind that there can be variations to this game, but this is the basic, most played way. If you play kids party games like this one a different way, let me know, and I'll add the variations to this page!
You'll need a "flag" for each team. A bandana or other scarf works great, something about that size.
Divide into two teams of three or more people.
Set up a territory for each team and set where the borders are.
Each team should place their flag in their own territory.
Each team should split into attacker and defender groups. They can switch jobs at any time as needed, but this helps establish what everyone's "job" is. It is very important that each player understand their role, and work together as a team towards victory.
Attackers should try to sneak into the other team's territory, find and capture the enemy flag, and then race back to their own territory before being caught. The first team to do this wins the game.
Obviously the defenders are trying to defend the flag. You can capture players from the other team by tagging them when they are in your territory.
Captured players must go to "jail". To get out of "jail", a teammate will need to sneak across and tag them so they can be released.
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