Like Red Rover in reverse, Here I Bake, Here I Brew has one "prisoner" trying to break free from the "prison" of other kids circled around him. A great game for older, school-age children.
AgeSchool-age, Tweens, Teens
Number of Players10 to 20, 20+
Team DivisionEvery man for himself (individual players)
DifficultyEasy peasy (fun and simple)
Indoor or OutdoorOutdoors
Space NeededMedium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage), Large (gym, outdoor field, reception hall)
Mess FactorClean and tidy
Prep TimeNo prep time needed!
Game Time Length5 - 15 minutes
1. One player is chosen to be the "prisoner."
2. All other players form a circle around the prisoner, holding hands. They are the "prison".
3. The objective of the game is for the prisoner to break free of the prison.
How to Play
1. The prisoner walks around in the circle saying, "Here I bake," and touches one pair of prison hands, "here I brew," and touch another pair of hands.
2. Then, choosing another spot, the prisoner runs and says, "Here's the place, I break through!" trying to force their way out of the circle.
3. If the prison hands stay clasped and the prisoner can't break through, the prisoner starts over again. If they do break through, the prisoner picks someone new for the middle.
1. Encourage the prisoner to use trickery to throw off his intended break out point. Drag out the words, shift positions quickly, change directions before the prison can realize where you are going, it's all about catching the prison off guard.
2. Prisoners can slip under the arms of the prison, however, be very careful that no one gets caught around the neck while trying to do so. To prevent this from happening, don't allow the prison to lower their arms by bending down...safety first.