Capture the Flag

Capture The Flag

  • 1.

    Create flags for both teams with Fabric Markers. Decorate them with team colors, names, symbols, and themes. Heat set color according to package instructions.

  • 2.

    With an adult, choose a large outdoor paved area that is clean, safe, and free from traffic. Use Chalk ‘n Roll and/or Giant Sidewalk Chalk to mark a big rectangular outdoor playing area.

  • 3.

    Draw a line horizontally across the midpoint of the field.

  • 4.

    Draw a jail area in one of the back corners on each side. Mark off a space for keeping score.

  • 5.

    Form two equal teams, each having a jail and a flag. One player on each team guards the flag, and one player on each team guards the jail. Guards must stand at least four steps away from what they are guarding.

  • 6.

    Players try to cross into the other team’s territory, capture the flag, and bring it back across the center line without being tagged. Record one point for each successful capture.

  • 7.

    Any player in the opposite team’s territory may be tagged by anyone on the opposite team. Tagged players must go to the other team’s jail and wait to be freed.

  • 8.

    To free a team member, a player must bring the teammate out of the jail area without being tagged by the jailer. If a player succeeds in helping a teammate escape, they are considered "safe" and are able to walk together back to their side without being tagged.


  • Increase the challenge--use more that one flag per team!
  • Substitute plastic flying discs or marker-decorated paper plates instead of flags. Players can sail discs to teammates to catch.
  • Create team uniforms by decorating T-shirts with Crayola Fabric Markers.
  • Mark the playing field with a Crayola Sidewalk Paint Sprayer or Super Brush. Decorate it with a theme such as team names.