With the summer solstice falling this week, the longest day of the year reminds us to get out and enjoy the long summer evenings while they last. And what better way for kids to burn off some excess energy than with a game of hide and seek? Everyone loves this game but do you prefer hiding or seeking? Some of us have the patience to spend ages waiting to be found, whilst others can hardly bear the suspense and give themselves away early into the game!
Did you know this game is as old as 2nd Century when it first appeared in writings by a Greek scholar called Julius Pollux but has developed lots of variations over the centuries? Traditionally it involves one person closing their eyes (and often standing in a corner although we’ve no idea why!) and counting to 100 while everyone else hides – counting to 100 can feel like a lifetime, especially for little seekers!
Here are our favourite variations should you feel inspired:
- Hiders try to run back to “home base” while the seeker is away looking for them; if all of the hiders return safely, the seeker stays the seeker into the next round
- The seeker can be helped by those that he/she finds
- The midnight version – play in the dark for added atmosphere!
- The sardines version! Only one person hides and all the rest are seekers that hide with the original hider when they find him/her until everyone is squashed into the same space
This is a perfect family game for all ages, with even grandparents seeking the grandchildren. Tell us your favourite variation! Of course the idea of hide and seek has inspired other types of play and learning. Galt has a fabulous Large Soft Book to introduce little hands to the joys of hide and seek.
The 8 fun pages have a variety of different textures and activities to explore, including a squeaker and has a peep-o activity on each page. The padded pages are filled with crinkle material which is so appealing to babies and for all you parents rest assured it’s soft, safe and machine washable.