- Demonstrate safe tagging:
- Light touch, like butterfly wings on the shoulder
- Unsafe tags: hard contact that might cause the person being tagged to fall
- Review the boundaries and the consequences for going outside them
- Group children into 2 groups, assign each group to be an animal
- Have groups practice making the sound of their animal
Designate a large play area with clear boundaries and enough room for students to run around safely.
- The goal is to turn everyone into the same animal as your group.
- Once the game begins all children should be making animals noises and trying to safely tag each other
- Once a child is tagged, s/he becomes the animal of the person that tagged her/him.
- The game continues until all children are the same animal
- Create more animal groups
- Choose 1-3 children that cannot be changed from their original animal (to keep the game going continuously)
- For the hearing impaired, you could have children do animal movements instead of using verbal cues.
To develop hand-eye coordination and an ability to listen to directions