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Kick the Can

You get an old coffee can or corn/peas/greenbean can and put it in the middle of a safe place because this is base, where at any given moment several people will be running toward it.

One person is it. The rest of the crowd must go and hide. The object of the game is for the "it" person to SEE you, not necessarily tag you. He/she must call your name and say; "I see John Doe under Mr.Smith tree." At that point, John Doe must come to base. But, if it isn't John Doe, and maybe it is Sally Smith, then Sally Smith does not have to come out of hiding and the "it" person must assume they guessed the name wrong. Now the crowd is not aloud to stay in one spot...they must move around without being caught. The "it" person can venture away from the can as far as he/she wants, but he/she risks someone running to the can and kicking it which frees everyone that the "it" person has captured. But, if the "it" person tags the free-er before they reach the can then they are captured too. The object is to see or tag everyone without a free-er letting all the prisioners go. If someone kicks the can, the "it" person must count to 100 while everyone scatters and hides again. Everyone that is captured and standing around the can waiting to be freed can look for any remaining crowd members and guide him/her on when is a good time to come and free them. They can also make a chain in order for the free-er to reach them faster, but beware, because if the "it" person sees you making a chain, then usually he/she can see you and call out your name, thus ending the game. The first one captured is then "it". 

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