Triangle Tag

  1. Tag Games
  • Small Group (1-10)

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

  • Less Than 10 minutes

Development Goal

To develop strategic thinking and verbal communication

Before You Start

  • Divide players into groups of four with three of the four holding hands in a circle.
  • Help players choose one of the three players holding hands to be the “runner”, the person to be tagged.
  • Demonstrate safe tagging:
    • Light touch, like a butterfly wings, on the shoulder.
    • Unsafe tags: hard contact that might cause the person being tagged to fall.

Set Up

Designate a clear playing area.

How to Play

  • The player outside the circle is the “tagger”, trying to tag the runner.
  • The other two players holding hands in the circle will help to protect the designated runner by moving the circle in different directions.
  • The tagger cannot go inside the circle and s/he cannot lean on the arms of the people holding hands. Once the tagger has tagged the runner, the positions change.
  • Keep an eye on the play and make sure groups are changing positions.


  • Place a cone in the middle of the triangle and have players move around that cone.
  • Tornado Tag: Have the two players who are protecting the runner keep their eyes closed.