Sometimes on a hike in the woods, the path leads you into an open field. This is a great time to play Chase Daddy.
Here is Ruthie’s description of the game:
“Chase Daddy is a fun game I play with my daddy. These are the rules: it is the opposite of tag. Everybody is it, except Daddy. The rest of the people chase him. Whoever tags him is the new one to get chased.
I like Chase Daddy because you get to run around. I also like it because I get to see if I can be faster than my Dad.”
So the game starts with all of the kids chasing me, and then if I get caught, we all chase the one who tagged me. When they are chasing me, I keep it interesting by trying to run circles around them and weaving in and out of them, rather than just running straight away. I change directions, use spin moves, jukes, and any other technique I can to stay close to the kids, while still trying not to get caught. When someone does tag me, I call out, “chaaaaaaase Isaiah” (naming the person that tagged me). I stretch out the word chase to give the new person a chance to get a head start.
The kids really like this game on hikes, in the backyard, or anywhere. I have noticed that the kids often suggest the game when we are in a situation where they have lots of friends. Like last year at the Classical Conversations end of the year picnic. The kids were playing on a playground. I walked up to play with them, and then I heard, “Chase Daddy!” Suddenly there were about 30 children rushing at me. I think they enjoy making it hard on me. 🙂
It is more fun that regular tag because everyone is involved. If you are not very fast, that is okay. The kids will enjoy catching you (my kids always love it when they catch me).
Go for hikes, enjoy God’s Creation, and enjoy the family that God has given you.