My number one concern for the games was safety. We used safe weapons and had rules in place to keep anyone from getting hurt.
Each tribute received a nylon backpack which included bottled water, sunglasses ("night vision glasses"), crackers, grapes, a foam knife, tissues and Band-Aids.
*I purchased the nylon bags, sunglasses and foam knives at the Dollar Store which was a great money saver. The knife handles were wrapped with flames duct tape to coordinate with the party theme. If you can't find the foam knives, these foam daggers would also work.
Other weapons used during the games were sling shots with foam balls and arrows with suction cups on the ends to be used as spears. Everyone got a knife, but there were only 3 sling shots and two "spears". Two of the sling shots were put in District 1 and 2's backpacks since in the book these districts had the most weapons. The remaining weapons were randomly placed in other backpacks.
- You must stay within the boundaries set for the game
- No physical fighting, pushing or hitting, no throwing of any weapons
- Gamemakers have the final say in any/all disputes
How To Play:
- Each tribute had 3 lives
- A person loses a life when they are a.) touched with a knife, b.) touched with the spear or c.) hit with the foam ball from a sling shot. A person also loses a life if they break any of the game rules listed above.
- When a person loses their last life and is out of the game, the person that "killed" them is allowed to take any of their remaining weapons.
- Once a person is "killed" and leaves the game, a pot is banged to represent the cannons being shot.
My 7 year old son got into the action as a Tracker Jacker. He wore bumblebee antennas and wings and had a bumblebee water gun. He was given instructions to annoy the tributes during the game and they couldn't do anything to stop him. So, he ran around buzzing at everyone and squirting water at them!
For our Hunger Games, the kids ended up forming alliances and broke out into three groups. After playing for awhile we were down to two groups. The Gamemakers then forced a showdown by limiting the space to fight. At the end, one group was left and they turned against each other until there were two tributes left; my daughter and one other. The other was a boy, so we quickly got some "nightlock berries", reenacted the ending of the book and announced them both the winners. :)