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Living on 3+ acres has a lot of perks. The boys love that they have a ton of room to run and play. We have a pool, basketball court, batting cage, and enough space for the kids to set up a game of wiffle ball or touch football.
We enjoy entertaining especially in the warmer months. We’ll sit with our friends on the patio and watch the kids have a ball playing outback. They think it’s really neat to play outside after sunset. Add in flashlights and the kids go crazy! I don’t know what it is about kids and flashlights but they find them fascinating and fun.
My boys love using their Energizer Vision Headlights so they can be hands free; you know so they can tag other kids, haha. I don’t have to worry about them seeing in the dark. Their headlights have a powerful LED headlamp beam as well as buttons to control the brightness.
My only rule with kids using flashlights or headlights is that they are NOT to shine the light in other people’s faces. I have them set their headlights to a lower setting so it’s not so bright. Other than that, they are free to play!
Outside flashlight games for kids
Cops and Robbers This is one of the first games my kids will play with their friends. It’s a combination of flashlight tag and jailbreak.
- Divide the teams into two; cops and robbers.
- Choose an object for the robbers to steal.
- The cops count, while the other kids hide.
- When time is up, the cops go looking for the robbers.
- The robbers must steal the object to win.
- If a cop spots a robber and shines his flashlight on them (carefully not to shine in their eyes), off to jail they go.
- But beware, the robbers on the loose can break their friends out of jail if the cops aren’t looking.
- Robbers win if they capture the object.
- The cops win once they have all of the robbers in jail.
Capture the Flag This is the classic game, where you need to steal your opponent’s flag. Shake things up by using flashlights!
- Divide into two even teams.
- Mark boundaries and designate a jail for each team.
- Tip; outline the boundaries with glow sticks, and mark the jail by using flashlights.
- Hide your flag on your team’s side.
- The object is to steal your opponent’s flag and bring it back safely to your side.
- If you are tagged, you are sent to jail.
- Your teammates can break you out of jail before being caught.
- Be the first team to bring back the opponent’s flag.
Ghost in the Graveyard This game is perfect for evening play!
- Designate one person to be the ghost, create boundaries, and identify a base.
- The rest of the kids count, while the ghost hides.
- Once time is up, everyone goes searching for the ghost with their flashlights.
- The player that finds the ghost shouts “Ghost in the Graveyard” for everyone to hear.
- The player that finds the ghost is safe but the other kids must run to base before they are caught by the ghost.
- The first person that the ghost tags is now the ghost.
Scavenger Hunt This is a lot of fun especially at night!
- The parents will hide items in the backyard that the kids have to go find with flashlights. We like to hide small reflectors so once the flashlight shines you them, they can easily be spotted.
- The child that finds the most items, is the winner!
Freeze dance For more fun after dark, what about freeze dance? This is a great way for the kids to burn some energy.
- Everyone dances until the flashlight beam goes on.
- You must freeze! If you move, you are out.
- Last person standing, wins.
Outside flashlight activities for kids
Take an evening walk We love taking walks as a family and it’s a whole new experience at night. The sounds are different and it’s usually quieter. To keep safe, the kids will wear their Energizer Vision Headlights so as it gets darker they can shine the way for us.
Read at night Sometimes it’s a struggle to get my boys to read, so we will switch things up and read at night. They’ll sit on the porch with either their headlight or a flashlight and read their book.
Stories by the campfire This is a fun activity to do when you have other families over. This one gets the kids to really use their imaginations. Some of the stories become really silly while others become a bit creepy!
- Everyone sits in a circle and one person will hold a flashlight.
- They start a story, and then pass the flashlight to the next person.
- If the flashlight is passed to you, then you need to add to the story.
Remember when playing outside after dark, safety is first. Make sure the kids have a safe place to play and there’s always an adult close by.
What type of flashlight games and activities do your kids love to do outside?
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