How to Play: Kick the Can

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Kids scatter at the onset of a game of Kick the Can. Credit: Getty Images

What you need: A group of at least three kids and a can. This game is best played outdoors.

How to play: One player is chosen to be "it," and the can is placed in an open space. "It" counts to a designated number while the other players hide. Once "it" is finished counting, he or she tries to find and tag the other players. Once players are tagged, they go to "jail," a designated area usually in sight of the can. Any player who has not been caught can kick the can, and if this is done without the person being caught, the "jailed" players are freed, and the game begins again. If "it" catches every player, the game is over, and "it" wins.

The rules: Who will be "it" can be determined by a counting-out game, such as One Potato.

How to win: Kick the can without being tagged, or find all players when you are "it."

What else you need to know: This game is a variation of Hide and Seek. Some variations of this game include more than one can to be kicked.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.