Heads or Tails
To develop active listening
Before You Start
Equipment Needed: A coin
- Demonstrate safe tagging:
- Light touch, like butterfly wings on the shoulder
- Unsafe tags: hard contact that might cause the person being tagged to fall
Set up an area with two far boundaries and a dividing line directly in the middle.
How to Play
- Divide the group so that everyone has a partner.
- Line all of the players up on the middle line, so that they are back to back with their partner.
- Designate one side as “Heads” and the other as “Tails.”
- Flip a coin, and announce to the players what side came up.
- If it comes up heads, all of the “Heads” players have to run back to their side before they are tagged by their “Tails” partner. If “Tails” is called, the reverse happens.
- After each round, reset with partners back in the middle
- The adult can announce “Heads” or “Tails” without a coin flip.
- To make the game more difficult, make the players run to the opposite side
- Could also play “Giants, Wizards, & Elves” style, where a player has to switch teams if s/he is tagged. This would only work if there were no partners, and anyone could tag someone on the opposite team.