Hidden in Plain Sight

Summary: Hidden in Plain Sight is a searching game for the smaller crowd.

Ages: From 3 to 6
If you are having children of different ages play, then consider breaking up the kids into age appropriate teams and playing the game a couple times.

Recommended Number of Players:
Between 3 to 15

Equipment:
An object to hide. If you are having a theme party, then choose an object that matches your theme. For instance, you could hide a plastic egg at a dinosaur party, or a crown at a princess party.

Set Up:
Hide your object in plain sight.

Rules:
1) Only hide the object in plain sight

2) When the child finds the object, they must yell 'Got It'.

How to Play:
Show each player the object that they will be looking for and select a child to be the first hider. The other players go into another room while the hider secrets the toy. When it comes to hiding anything goes, but at least part of the toy must be showing. Younger players might need help with this concept. Have an adult help the youngest hiders. If you are divided into age groups for this game the hider from the older playing group could also help. Once the toy is properly hidden bring the other players back to search. When a player finds the toy they call out 'Got It' and they become the hider.

Winner:
The winner is the child who find the object first.


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Best Advice

Many people come to this site looking for a couple specific games. When they find them, great, the job is done. But there is one thing I want ALL my guests to know regardless of how many or how few pages they read. Therefore, I decided to put the information on Hidden in Plain Sight and every other game instruction page. So, when you see this box again, and you have already familiarized yourself with the information, skip it and move on to finding more games (other than Hidden in Plain Sight) for your event.

But for those reading this for the first time, here is the best advice I can pass on from my many years of experience planning and executing large and small events. Read on…

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” These are great words from A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. I couldn’t agree more. And a solid foundation of organizing and planning is needed for most events. But I am here to tell you even with the BEST organization, no event is going to proceed EXACTLY as planned. You may even have a Plan B, C or D as a back-up. That’s fabulous! But trust me on this one; something will happen that you had no way of anticipating. So what now? Here is the trick. Pay close attention to this because it is the single most important piece of wisdom I can share with my readers.

Are you ready?

Learn to mentally let go of your perfect plans
the minute the party, event, game
or special occasion starts.


That’s it. I could write an entire page on how to “be in the moment” and “have fun at your own party.” But neither of those will happen if you don’t have the mindset that it’s alright to have things turn out differently than you imagined. The good news is that usually what you planned in your head that didn’t come through was never even missed by most.

So if you are going along, playing Hidden in Plain Sight, or any other group activity, and it leads you down a road you didn’t foresee… Enjoy the ride.

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