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40-40 In

40-40 In

What You’ll Need:

  • No Equipment Needed

Getting into the Activity

40-40 in is a classic game designed to get children running around, hiding amongst the trees and using tactics to try and gain an advantage.

The children agree on a home base such as a tree, bench, den etc.

One child is chosen to be ‘it’ and their role is to protect the base. All other players are the ‘invaders’ and their role is to try to get safely to the base without being spotted and named.

The game starts when the searcher stands facing the base with their hands covering their eyes. They immediately start counting slowly to 40 whilst all the players quickly hide.

When 40 is reached the searcher shouts ’40-40′ and now starts looking for the other players. The ‘invaders’ have to try to get back to the base without being seen. They should do this by trying to hide amongst trees / bushes etc. If the searcher spots a hiding player they should race back to the base and shout ’40 – 40 out’ and the name of the player they’ve spotted. That player is then out for the rest of that round.

If the player that was hiding gets to the base before the searcher they shout ’40 – 40′ and their name. They are then home and safe. The same rule applies to any player who gets to the base without being seen. Play continues until all players are either home or out.

The first player safely home becomes the next searcher. If no one makes it home then the last child out becomes the next searcher. Continue playing, making sure everyone who wants a turn as the searcher gets one.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
  • Ensure the children know the boundaries for where they can play.
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