Heads or Tails

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

Development Goal

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

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.