By: the editors of Wondertime magazine
How to Play:
1. Declare the boundaries where kids can hide ("only in our backyard" or "only in the basement").
2. Choose one child to be It. He hides while the rest of the group counts slowly to 20 (or higher).
3. The players then split up to search independently for whoever's It. When a seeker finds him, he or she joins It in the hiding place, trying to stay as quiet as possible. (Ideally the hiding place should be somewhere that will just barely accommodate all players, and as others find It and crowd in, the silent squeeze becomes tighter — and sillier.)
4. When the last person finds the hiding place, the game's over, and play resumes with the last person as It.
Originally published in Wondertime magazine.