John and I came home from a meeting one fall date to find Samantha leading the children (and cousins that were visiting) in a fabulous game called "sushi tag". She had played it at a party and knew that the children would love this active game.
The game rules or guidelines as we play (I'm not sure there are official rules, at least not any that I could find online)
1. Everyone starts in a circle paired with another person. One person sits in front of their partner.
2. One person who is "it" and stands in the middle of the circle.
3. The object of the game is for the person sitting behind to prevent the person sitting in front to be the first to go and touch the person in the middle.
4. The middle person chooses or points to two sets of pairs and the wrestle begins.
5. When someone successfully gets to the person in the middle they become the middle person or "it".
6. The old "it" (thankfully I don't write instructions for board games for a living) or the person that was in the middle goes into the pair that the toucher came from, but is in back.
When the children played there seemed to be more pair switching that was allowed with each round and sometimes the pairing is quite unequal in size and strength. However the laughter and fun was fantastic. This was the perfect game for our family!
One thing I did notice was that if the front person in the pair managed to get away, but had still not touched the person in them middle the back person of the pair was still able to wrestle them back into the game. At least that is what I saw over and over again. I'm not sure how they didn't quickly touch the person in the middle? We played out on our back lawn where there would be plenty of room to run around so the circle was pretty big.
Loaf wanted to be in the middle of everything, but she primarily stayed close to Whitney as this particular game happened shortly after Whitney got home from her mission. Loaf wasn't letting Whitney out of her sight.
It was fun to see the things she found most exciting. Gus' torn pajama pants were quite exciting.
The best match up was between Brick and Dash. They loved going up against one another and I loved seeing their strength as they tried to wrestled one another. It was the perfect game for them.