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Capture the Flag

Disclosure. This post mentions a book that I will be sent for free. All opinions are my own.

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.

Capture The Flag

Ideally you need 8 or more 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.


Capture The Flag

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.

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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.

Capture The Flag
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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The Blood of Olympus – book review and giveaway

Son1 read the synopsis of The Blood of Olympus and decided that he wanted a copy of the book to review. I asked him if he was sure as the book did look too old for him and previously he had persuaded me to read The Luck Uglies to him and his brother, being slightly daunted by that.

The Blood of Olympus

So his free copy of the book arrived back in October. And give him his due, he did begin reading it himself but he was struggling. The book is 500 pages and no illustrations. By December he was about a third through the book, when he gave up and asked me or his dad to read the rest to him. And no wonder, he found it hard. It is full of mythological words which he won’t have come across previously. There is a lengthy glossary of these at the back. Having now read part of the book myself, I would suggest that this book would be better targetted at teens and adults, rather than at children, aged 9+.

The Blood of Olympus is about seven heroic demigods, some Greek and some Roman, on a quest to defeat Gaia, the Earth Mother.

Here is a video review of The Blood of Olympus by son1.

The Blood of Olympus, written by Rick Riordan and published by Puffin is currently retailing on Amazon for £6.99 compared to a RRP of £14.99 for a hardback copy. It is also available as a Kindle edition or Audio CD and is due to be released in paperback later this year. It is the fifth and final book in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series. It is targetted at children, age 9+ but as I said above I think it is probably more suited to teens, since son1 is usually quite happy to read age 9+ books himself. It would be a great read for the right age audience, but son1 was rather put off by its complexity. I think he would perhaps appreciate seeing one of the Percy Jackson movies and then waiting  3 or 4 years before attempting to read another of these books.

However he did enjoy trying some of the fun activities on the website of the author Rick Riordan.

The Blood of Olympus

Here’s the trailer.

And you can read the first chapter here.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.