Rainbow Tag

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Rainbow Tag

With a handful of painted sticks, a few good hiding spots, and four or more players, you can play this game of capture the flag meets hide-and-seek in your backyard, or throughout your entire neighborhood.

What you'll need

  • Four or more players
  • Five tongue depressors, each one marked with a color of the rainbow
  • Water-based face paint crayons in the same rainbow colors
  • A pink or rainbow-colored article of clothing
  • Wet wipes

How to play

  1. To prepare, hide each toungue depressor along with the matching color of face paint in a different place around the yard.

  2. Next, choose someone to be Pinkie, the player who sneaks around trying to tag the other players and undo their progress. Give Pinkie something pink or rainbow-colored to wear.

  3. To play, set everyone but Pinkie out in search of the sticks.

  4. Each time a player finds one of the colored sticks, he should discreetly -- don't give away the location to the others! -- paint a stripe on his face, then leave the stick and paint in place. Bluffing is encouraged to keep the locations secret.

  5. The catch: Pinkie will be lurking, trying to tag the players. Every time she does, she wipes off one of their stripes.

  6. The first player to get one stripe in each color wins.

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