Steal the Bacon

Steal the Bacon is a classic group game where two teams of players compete head to head to steal a beanbag and get it back to their side without being tagged.

Game Setup:


  • 1 Bean bag (or any other small item that is soft yet durable)


Align players by height, and assign every other person to the same team, resulting in 2 teams even by height.
Then, go down each team (still by height) and assign numbers to each player, starting at #1 (so the tallest on both teams would be player #1).

Place the beanbag in the center of your play area, with both teams 10-15 feet away.


  • The game leader will call out a single number. As soon as the number is called, players who are assigned that number run to grab the beanbag.
  • If a player gets the beanbag back to their team area without being tagged, the player scores a point for his team.
  • If a player gets tagged while carrying the beanbag, the player who tagged the other scores a point for his team.

The game ends after at least everyone’s number has been called. I recommend setting a time limit.


  • If you’re playing this on a holiday, replace the beanbag with a holiday item.
  • Call two numbers instead of one at the end of the game. Players must wait to run out until both numbers are called.

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