Shrink Tag

  1. Tag Games
  • Grades 1-2

  • Chalk

Development Goal

To develop spatial awareness

Before You Start

  • Demonstrate safe tagging: Light touch, like butterfly wings, on the shoulder or the back
  • Review how to play Ro Sham Bo
  • Explain the game and show the boundaries.  Make sure students know they can only tag or play Ro Sham Bo with students in the same zone.

Set Up

Can be played outside or in a gym. Designate a large play area with clear boundaries to separate the different zones. Zone 1: Giant square or rectangle. Zone 2: Large circle or oval area inside Zone 1. Zone 3: Small circle inside Zone 2.

How to Play

  • In the game everyone is it – you can tag anybody, but anybody can tag you.   Everyone starts in Zone 1.
  • The object of the game is to tag as many people as you can without getting tagged yourself in while you are in Zone 1.
  • If you get tagged in Zone 1, you need to enter Zone 2.
  • Everyone in Zone 2 can tag each other and be tagged.
  • If you get tagged in Zone 2, you need to enter Zone 3.  If you tag someone in Zone 2, you get to go back to Zone 1.
  • Zone 3 is not a tag zone, but a Ro Sham Bo Zone. When in Zone 3 you will need to play Ro Sham Bo with someone else in Zone 3 to get back in Zone 2.