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[This tag variation comes from Alaska, which, if you don't know, has quite nasty bugs]
In the first variation, one person was "it" (the swatter). The
swatter had either a *very* light stick or our favorites, large
ferns or skunk cabbage leaves. (Ketchikan is in the Tongass rain
forest, so we had plenty of potential, safe, swatting material).
Everyone would be in a circle around the swatter. The swatter
would count "1,2,3 go" and everyone would run yelling "swat the
fly". If you were "swatted", you were out. The first one swatted
became the next swatter. The swatter continues to swat until he
gives up or can't catch anyone else. The swatter who swats the
most flies wins.
In the second variation, usually played with new, unsuspecting
kids, we reversed roles. "It" was the fly and everyone else had
swatters. "It" would count "1,2,3 go" and then run like heck!
Everyone would chase "it" until he was swatted. The last one to
swat "it" was the next fly.
We always used soft things as swatters so no one was hurt.
Contributed by Kathy Lea