1. Tag Games
  • Any Size

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

Development Goal

To develop body and spatial awareness and listening

Before You Start

  • 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 what to do when you get tagged

Set Up

Designate a large play area with clear boundaries that has room for everyone to run and enough items to be used as safe zones

How to Play

  • Designate a person who is it.
  • The person who is it shouts out something that the other players must touch to be safe from being tagged. For example: if “metal” was shouted the other players must touch something near by that is metal (fence, car, etc.). Others ideas to be shouted can include colors, other materials, shapes, etc.
  • Only one person can be safe at the same place at a time.
  • The person who is it then attempts to tag players who are not safe.
  • If tagged, that player joins the person who is it, and they decide another thing to shout together.


  • For a small number of players, when someone is tagged, that person becomes it, and the original tagger joins the others attempted not to be tagged.
  • For a larger number of players, change the number of players at safe zone at a time