Baraf Pani is a popular game among Pakistani kids. It literally means “Ice and Water”, and is a version of freeze tag. It’s also similar to Chor Police. It is, however, quick to be understood and fun to play.
- Number of players: At least three, the more the better.
- Age range: 5+
- Place needed: A large outdoor place; a garden or a backyard. A park or a big terrace works too, or even an indoor room, provided it has space sufficient for all the players to run around freely.
How to play:
- One player is selected to be ‘It’.
- ‘It’ stands in the center of the playing area and counts to three. Then the game begins.
- ‘It’ has to run after all the other players. If he/she touches a player and says “Baraf”, the player has to freeze in place. He/she cannot move at all, until another player comes and touches him/her and says “Paani”. The first player is now ‘defrosted’ and can run again.
- When the player who is ‘It’ freezes all of the players at once, the game ends.
- If ‘It’ freezes you, you cannot move from your place until another player ‘defrosts’ you by touching you and saying “Paani”.
- If ‘It’ freezes you three times, it is your turn to be ‘It’.