Last week I casually wrote about my kids playing Fly and was totally surprised that so many people had never heard of this old-school game. I spent a good part of my childhood playing this classic game with my sisters. You can play it anywhere because all you need are a few sticks and an open space to play. It’s a very simple game to set up and is endless amounts of fun (not to mention fantabulous exercise). Best of all, kids of all ages (that means you!!) can play it together (although the little ones are at quite a disadvantage as you will soon see!).
Introduce your family to this game and see how much they love it.
What you need
- A long, flat, preferably grassy, place to play. Nature strips were invented for this game.
- At least five sticks, preferably straight and roughly the same size.
What you need to do
Decide who’s going first (rock, paper, scissors always a good one for this).
Line the sticks up roughly a foot apart.
Line up and take it in turns to step through the sticks, making sure you don’t touch a stick with your feet (if you touch a stick, you’re out!)
Once successfully through, you do the biggest leap you possibly can over the last stick (in other words, you fly!). Stay wherever you land and then choose one of the sticks in the row to be brought up to mark the place where you landed.
Imagine each stick has a number from 1 (the first stick in the row) through 5 (or as many sticks as you have). If you call “stick number 2″, the next person in the line will take the stick from position number two and bring it to place behind the heel of your foot.
As you can imagine, the sticks quickly move further and further apart and the game gets much harder.
You are out if you touch a stick with your feet or if you need to take more than one step between each stick.
Keep playing until there is only one person left who can fly through the sticks. They are the winner!
It’s actually surprisingly complicated to explain this simple game, so here are Max and the Badoo to show you how to play Fly.
Maybe you know this simple game by another name?