We had great fun last weekend playing “Capture The Flag”. This is an outdoor team game based on the game played at Camp Half-Blood in “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief “by Rick Riordan. Son1 has played this game at school previously although with different rules. However it was totally new to son2, so before we started, he read out what we needed to do.
Ideally you need 8 or people divided into two teams. We had to make do with the 4 of us, topped up with cuddly toys. You also need 2 flags and a big open space divided into 2 territories. The object of the game is to capture the opposing team’s flag, but if you are tagged in the opposition’s territory, you get put in their prison and can only be freed by a teammate tagging you. Quite challenging with our limited numbers.
Son2 came up with the additional idea of team names so the boys team was the Awesome Ozzies and mum and dad’s team was the Poseidon Pirates.
We positioned our flags in secret locations within our territory and then the game began. Dad was quickly captured and sent to the boys’ trampoline prison. Mum did manage to rescue him once but he soon ended up back there again and this time son2 was on patrol.
Meanwhile mum had guessed that son1 was guarding the area where their flag was hidden, but every time she tried to sneak up for a look, she was foiled by the gravel crunching underfoot. The boys were more concerned with guarding Dad and their own flag than coming to search our territory apart from tiny border taunts. This was looking like stalemate with Mum getting exhausted from running back and forth numerous times between the front garden where son1 was and the back garden where son2 and an imprisoned Dad were.
So Mum valiantly succeeded in rescuing Dad, then drawing son2 to tag her instead leaving Dad free to run. Actually a very welcome rest for a tired Mum. Within 2 minutes, Dad had done a deal and son1 returned triumphantly with both flags.
The Percy Jackson series of books are written by Rick Riordan and published by Puffin. The latest book in the series is The Hidden Oracle which is book1 of The Trials of Apollo and it is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.49 in hardback compared to an RRP of £12.99. It is also available in Kindle format. Son1 is looking forward to receiving a free copy of this Percy Jackson book.
How about trying out a game of Capture The Flag yourself or some of the fun activities on the website of the author Rick Riordan.
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I’d love to hear about your child’s favourite books or outdoor games.
Disclosure. This post mentions a book that I will be sent for free. All opinions are my own.