Kick the Can games can last for hours, with participants taking over an entire neighborhood and building their strategy as they play.
- A large can or bucket
- Flashlight, optional
Place a can on the ground and designate an area near it as a jail. Choose someone to be "It" who counts to a high number (usually between 50 and 100) while the other players hide. When the number is reached, the person who is it moves away from the base and starts to look for the other players, who in turn are attempting to return to the can to kick it. If It sees player, the person who is it calls out that person’s name, (while shining a flashlight on them, if at night) and tries to kick the can first. If that happens, the player goes to jail. If the player reaches the can first and kicks it, then that player can hide again and any jailed players are freed. The game ends when everyone except the person who is it is in jail.