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Mana time

Work together to collect as much Magic mana as you can in this fast paced, outdoor team game.

You will need

  • Box or container
  • Coloured card
  • Magic: The Gathering Welcome Deck (optional)

Before you begin

  • You could order a Magic: The Gathering Welcome Deck free from Scout Store and use the land cards in this game, complete Magic: the crafting first to make some counters to use, or just use pieces of colourful card.
  • You’ll need an area full of hiding spots to play this game. It’ll only work if there are plenty of places for people to hide. 


Play the game

  1. The person leading the game should explain that everyone is a planeswalker. The aim of the game is for the planeswalkers to collect different coloured mana for their team without getting caught.
  2. The person leading the game should set clear boundaries for the area and place a box or container in the centre of the space.
  3. Everyone should get into teams.
  4. Each team should choose one planeswalker to stand by the box in the middle.
  5. The person leading the game should give everyone else a number of coloured counters or land cards to represent their mana. Each team should have a different colour, but the same number of mana. 
  1. The planeswalkers in the middle should close their eyes and everyone else should run and hide.
  2. Once everyone’s hidden, the planeswalkers in the middle should open their eyes. Without moving, they should try to spot players from the other teams.
  1. After a minute or so, the planeswalkers in the middle should close their eyes again. They should shout ‘mana time’, then count slowly down from ten, out loud, keeping their eyes closed.
  2. As soon as the other planeswalkers hear ‘mana time’, they should run, put one of their mana tokens in the box in the middle, run back, and find a hiding place before the planeswalkers in the middle reach zero.
  3. When the planeswalkers in the middle get to zero, they should open their eyes again and see if they can spot any planeswalkers from other teams. 
  4. Repeat steps six to eight – decrease the time everyone has to hide again each time you play.
  5. Keep playing until all the planeswalkers are caught or the time reaches zero. The team that managed to collect the most mana wins.


This game was all about getting active and having fun outdoors. Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

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The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.