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How to Play Hot and Cold

Played indoors or out, this game helps children refine their listening skills and learn the idea of opposites.


  • Step 1: Choose a Hunter Choose one player to be the Hunter, and have them leave the room or move away from the group.
  • Step 2: Hide a small object Hide a small object or prize somewhere in the space where you are playing.
  • TIP: Make the game easier by showing the Hunter what the object or prize is before sending them out of the room.
  • Step 3: Bring the Hunter back, and have them look for the object Bring the Hunter back into the playing space, and have them look for the hidden object by moving around the area.
  • TIP: Hide a piece of candy or a small toy that the Hunter can keep as a prize when they find the hidden object.
  • Step 4: Say "colder" when the Hunter is far from the object Indicate to the Hunter that they are moving away from the hidden object by saying "colder." If they keep moving in the wrong direction, words that indicate degrees of cold, such as "freezing" or "icy."
  • Step 5: Say "hotter" when the Hunter is close to the object Tell the Hunter that they are getting closer to the hidden object by saying "hotter." As they move closer, say "burning" or "scorching."
  • Step 6: End the game when the Hunter finds the object Continue giving clues until the Hunter finds the hidden object. Keep playing the game until all of the players get a chance to hunt.
  • FACT: The coldest temperature ever recorded was negative 129 degrees Fahrenheit in Antarctica in 1983. The hottest was 136, recorded in the Libyan desert in 1922.

You Will Need

  • Two or more players
  • A small object or prize

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