The kids just reminded me of a game we used to play together, called "The Couch Game". It went like this:
I "pretended" to be alseep on the couch, with my head buried under a pillow. They had to sneak by me in the narrow space between the couch and the ottoman. At any time I could reach out my hand and if I touched them, they got a tickle-torture.
This accomplished several things:
That’s it. If you’re a father of small children—you’re welcome :)