Hiding Games

Hide and Seek

Non Elimination – All Ages – 

For this old favourite a chair or corner of a room is made the ‘home’ and someone is chosen to be the first ‘seeker’. The seeker then closes his or her eyes and slowly counts up to fifty while the other players hide. When the seeker reaches fifty, he or she will call out, ‘Ready or not, here I come!’ and go looking for the others. When one of the ‘hiders’ is discovered, in a cupboard or under a bed perhaps, then that player must attempt to reach home before the seeker can touch him or her. The first person to be touched before reaching home becomes the next seeker.


Non Elimination – 3-10 years – 

This is a variation on Hide and Seek that is best played in the dark. One player is chosen as the first sardine and is given time to leave the room and find somewhere to hide preferably somewhere big enough for other players to squeeze into as well Once the first sardine has been given enough time to hide, the others split up and try to find him or her. When a player finds the hiding place, he or she hides in the same place. If the hiding place is a good one then all the players can fit in. The last to do so becomes the next sardine.

Hunt the Thimble

Non Elimination – 3-10 years –  

This a very popular game that, although traditionally played with a thimble, does not need to be. First, all the players but one leave the room for a few minutes. The player left then hides a thimble, or some other small object, somewhere in the room. When the others return they have to try and find it. The person to find the thimble becomes the next to hide it.

Singing Thimble

Non Elimination – 3-10 years – 

This is similar to Hunt the Thimble except that only one person leaves the room while the others decide where to hide the thimble. When he or she returns, the players in the room try to guide him or her to the hidden thimble by singing. They sing loudly when he or she is near it and softly when farther away.

Hotter, Colder

Non Elimination – 3-10 years – 

This game is similar to Singing Thimble in that only one person leaves the room while the others hide some object. In this game, however, the other players tell the person that he or she is ‘hot’ or ‘cold’, depending on how near or far away he or she is from the hidden object. If the person is in the wrong part of the room then the others say that he or she is ‘very cold’ or even ‘freezing’; if the person gets closer, then he or she is ‘getting warmer’; and as the person gets closer, he or she can be ‘very warm, until the object is finally discovered, when he or she is ‘very hot’.

Bean Hunt

Non Elimination – 3-10 years – 

In this hunting game the organizer of the party hides a number of beans while the players are out of the room. When they are brought back into the room, each player is given a small container, such as a cup, and allowed to search for the beans. The player who finds the most beans within a set period of time is the winner.

Jigsaw Hunt

Non Elimination – 5-10 years – 

For each player the party organizer makes a small jigsaw of four pieces. Each player is given one part of his or her jigsaw and the other three pieces are hidden around a room. The players then have to find the pieces to complete his or her own jigsaw. The winner is the first to do so.

Wrapping Paper Hunt

Non Elimination – 3-10 years – 

Each player is given a small piece of wrapping paper and attempts to find the parcel that is wrapped in the same paper. When the correct parcel is found, the player can keep the present inside.

Easter Egg Hunt

Non Elimination – 3-10 years – 

This is the same game as the Wrapping Paper Hunt except that each player is given a small piece of foil or wrapping from an Easter egg, which can be kept when the player finds it.

Card Hunt

Non Elimination – 5-10 years – 

The players in this game are divided into two teams, and each player is given a playing card by the organizer. All the players in one team will be given a red card and all the players in the other team a black card. Beforehand, the organizer will have hidden cards from another pack in various places around the room. When a player finds a card the same as his or her own, he or she will give the pair to the organizer, who will then give the player another card. The first team to give all their matched sets of cards to the organizer wins.

Hidden Objects

Non Elimination – 5-10 years – 

In this game the organizer hides about twenty objects all around the house. Each player is then given a pencil and a list of all the objects and sent out to find them. When an object is discovered it is left where it is but scored off the list. The first to find all the objects and score them off his or her list is the winner.