Kick the Can

This game always reminds me of summer right around dusk. I was about 4 years old when I first encountered this game. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me at the time. Now I realize that the other kids who were about 7, 8 and 9 years old, were all cheating and trying their best to not be “it”. 


Object: To stay hidden and try not to be “it”.

Materials: a tin can of any size, empty.

Area: large

Number of Participants: 4 – 12

Set-up: Start off with one person chosen to be “it”. Mark a spot in the middle of the playing area where the can will be placed. All players start at the center, around the can.

How To Play: On “GO”, one person kicks the can as hard as they are able. Everyone should go and hide at this point. Once the person who is “it” gets the can and puts it back on the center spot, they can begin looking for all the other players. When someone is found and “it” is standing at the base, “it” calls out their name and hiding place and that person must come back to the center and wait for the game to end. If “it” is away from the base searching for players, they may tag players in lieu of being at the base and calling them out. While “it” is looking for other players, those players try to get back to the center and kick the can off the base before they are tagged or called out. When the can is off the base, all players who were previously captured may run and hide again while “it” returns the can to the base. Play goes on until “it” has found everyone without the can being kicked away. Last person found may choose who is “it”.



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