Everyone’s It Tag

  1. Readiness Games
  2. Tag Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To develop eye-hand coordination and spatial awareness.

Before You Start

  • Demonstrate safe tagging:
    • Light tough, like a bufferyfly’s 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:
    • Start count over from zero
    • Perform 10 jumping jacks to get back in

Set Up

Establish boundaries: a relatively small, safe area so that constant motion is encouraged.

How to Play

  • The object is for players to tag and keep a running count of everyone they touch in three minutes.
  • No one person is “it” and no one stops playing or “freezes” when tagged.


  • Adjusting the amount of time for tagging and the location of the boundaries between rounds can add fun and variety.
  • If someone is tagged, they must subtract one from their running tally.
  • Play Watch Your Back Tag, a fun alternative to Everybody’s It Tag.