How to Play Polio

Are you bored? Want a new game to play? Well you don't need that much. Just somewhere outside!


  1. 1
    Get together at least 4 friends who will play.
  2. 2
    Ask one person to wait at a certain place such as a wall or tree. If none are available use a stone to mark the place. That person is on.
  3. 3
    Get the other 3 people to wait at another place.
  4. 4
    Call the name of the messenger. The person who is alone calls the name of the messenger.
  5. 5
    The person who is on gives the messenger a topic. The person who is on gives the messenger a topic such as a favorite thing.
  6. 6
    Have the messenger go to the other people and ask the question/topic. The messenger goes to the other 2 people with the topic and asks everyone about the question/topic.
  7. 7
    Have the messenger return the response. The messenger goes to the person who is on and tells them the results.
  8. 8
    Start running. Next the person calls out one of the favorite things and the person who picked that thing has to do 6 laps between the two certain points.
  9. 9
    Call Polio! When you reach a point yell P and your next point O then you yell L net you yell I and on your fifth lap yell O. On your 6th lap when you get to a point yell POLIO! If you do it before the person who is on, you are now on. If the person who is on yells it before you that person remains on.


  • If you're playing with over 8 people have two messengers.
  • Some ideas for favorite things are:
    • Favorite color.
    • Favorite animal.
  • Make sure the distance is short but not too short.


  • It will be hard with lots of people!
  • Be careful! Someone could get injured.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Things You'll Need

  • A space outside.
  • 4 or more people.

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Categories: Backyard Games