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The Indian Paintbrush Game (The August Break #27)

I saw this game and decided that it looked like a fun game for us to play. It is a simple game, really. You purchase a set of face paints and then you take the same amount of large craft sticks (tongue depressors) and paint each one a color that is in the set of facepaints.

Then you hide each craft stick, along with it's matching face paint in an area of your choice.

Each time a player finds one of the colored sticks, he should discreetly, so as not to give away the location, paint a stripe on his face, then leave the stick and paint in place. Bluffing is encouraged to keep the locations secret. The first player to get all the stripes, wins the game.

In the original rules, there is a player who sneaks around trying to tag the other players to undo their progress. Every time he does, he wipes off one of their stripes.

I didn't like the emphasis on competition, and the player who undo the progress made.
I wanted to make the game more of a cooperative game, a race, yes, but a cooperative race.
I placed the markers and matching facepaint around while the rest were Letterboxing and as I contemplated on this the facepaint made me think of Indian braves {or at least the ones in TV tradition} and suddenly the name of a flower came to mind.
The Indian Paintbrush, yes, that was it!
The idea came fully to mind. I told them that we were going to play a game called "Indian Paintbrush." I would tell them about how Indians had to move silently and be discrete as they walked through the woods and fields. They too needed these skills as they discovered the areas the paint was hidden and painted their faces with them.

I paired one older child with one younger. They had to work cooperatively together and as a team they would race to find them all and paint their faces.

And so, that is what they did. They worked together in teams, found the paints and painted each other's faces.

The winning team got first choice of color for the prizes, but all got prizes, for the fun was in the game itself. Not in the gain or other's loss.

And skills were practiced and fun was had.
And they wanted to play again.
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  1. I LOVE this! I am so going to try this when we study Oklahoma. And with Halloween approaching face paint is much easier to find.

  2. That is a great game! I will have to remember it for the next time we are in a park with a group :)


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