How to Play Kick the Can

Kick the Can is an old game that has been played through the generations. Not to mention lots of fun!

Steps

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    Gather some friends to play (the more the better, but not too many).
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    Find a soda can or bottle.
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    Decide what area to play in. The best is rather large, with plenty of hiding places.
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    Pick someone to be "it". You could use rock, paper, scissors, "1,2,3 not it!" or any other method.
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    Place the can in the center of your playing area.
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    The "it" stays at the can with their eyes closed, and counts to whatever number is decided. While the "it" is counting, the rest of the players run and hide somewhere. When the "it" finishes counting, they go look for the other players.
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    If the "it" sees someone they call out the hider's name. Then the hider and the "it" race back to the can. If the "it" gets there first, the hider is in jail. If the hider gets there first, they must kick the can(hard).
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    After the can is kicked, the hider runs to find a new hiding place, while the "it"gets the can and places it back where it was.
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    The "it" counts some more, and the game continues. When someone kicks the can, all other hiders in jail are free to go and hide again.
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    Game continues until all but one hider have been found. Last hider is winner.
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    Remember to have FUN!!

Tips

  • the harder you kick the can, the longer it will take for the "it" to get it, and the longer you will have to hide.
  • Moving hiding spots while the "it" isn't looking is risky, but often worth it. If you continue to get closer and closer you may run out and kick the can easily.
  • Playing areas are often streets(cul de sacs are great), or sometimes parks or playgrounds.

Warnings

  • Don't kick anyone in the shin. It hurts.

Article Info

Categories: Backyard Games