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Sardines audl_insperation

A squashy game of hide and seek.


Materials Needed:

  • Outdoor space.

What to do:

  • One child is chosen to be the “Sardine” and then goes to hide.
  • The rest of the children close their eyes and count to 100 (or) 50. Then they all go and look for the “Sardine”.
  • As each player finds the “Sardine”, they must squeeze into the same hiding place.
  • Finally, everyone is there – squeezed in like a bunch of sardines.
  • The person who found the sardine first, becomes the next “Sardine.”

Hints and Tips:

  • Don’t forget to remind the children before they start to keep as quiet as possible while they are hiding.
  • If playing in the night time, give each child a torch which they can use to search for the “Sardine”.
  • When playing with a large group of children, split them up into pairs or teams.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 4 year+
  • Number of Children: Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Can count.

    Understands that events have a cause and effect relationship.

    Carry out between two and three instructions.

    Compares abilities of selves with others.

    Start developing friendships.

    Enjoys playing with other children.

    Walks forwards and backwards.

    Runs with co-ordination.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Outdoor Area
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 2, Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care empathy and respect

    2.3 Children become aware of fairness

    3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

    5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes


Created On January 3, 2015 Last modified on Sunday, January 25, 2015
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