Steal the Bacon

"Steal the Bacon" is similar to football but without tackling!
1 football (bacon)
Jerseys, bandanas, or T-shirts to denote teams (Optional)

1. Kids are broken into two teams.
2. They form two lines on either side of the playing area, shoulder to shoulder, facing in.
3. Team members are numbered off such that each person on each team has the same number as someone on the opposing team.
4. There should be "bacon" (a ball) placed in the center of the play area.
5. You can use chalk or land marks to designate the End Zones of each team. As long as the players know where the end zones are, things should be just fine.
5. One person is designated as the leader of the game.

How to Play

1. Split the group into teams.
2. Assign each team a number.
3. Establish a playing field similar to a football field (but not as long) with end zones and boundaries.
4. The leader calls out a number. The children from each side who have been assigned that number race to steal the bacon - grab the football.
5. The person who grabs it has as their goal to run towards the End Zone of the opposing team.
6. If they can reach the opponent's end zone while still in possession of the bacon they earn a point.
7. Other team members may help get the bacon into the End Zone. They can pass the ball to each other (like in football) to help move the bacon along.
8. Meanwhile, the opposing team tries their best to block the ball from the end zone, intercept it or even steal it away.
9. If the ball makes it in an End Zone and a point is earned, the players reset and go back to their starting positions.
6. The leader then calls another number and the game continues.
7. The team with the greatest number of points wins!


1. You can also play this game for a specific length of time, or to a particular number of points.
2. You may also call it "Steal the..." whatever fits best for your group to get them excited!
3. Create a senario around the game for even more fun! For example, aliens are trying to attack the U.S. and steal our most prized possession.


Remind players that this is NOT a football game. They should try their best to block and steal the ball, but pushing, tackling, or charging at someone is not allowed.

Activity Length
30 - 60 minutes
Competitive (has winners and losers)
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
10 to 20
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Team Division
Teamwork! (divide into teams)