Watch Your Back Tag

  1. Recess Games
  2. Tag Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

Development Goal

To develop memorization skills

Before You Start

  • 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
  • Review the boundaries and the consequence for going outside them, such as must get on one knee and assume the person who was just chasing tagged you

Set Up

Designate a large play area with clear boundaries

How to Play

  • The object of the game is to tag as many people as you can without getting tagged yourself
  • If you do get tagged you take a mental picture of who tagged you and then drop one knee and freeze.
  • When the individual who tagged you gets tagged you can get up and start tagging again.
  • Players must be honest if you get tagged to stop and take a knee.

Mid-Point Questions:

  • Are people remembering who tagged them?


  • You can make the play area smaller to make it more difficult.
  • You can make the players skip, hop, act like their favorite animal while tagging and evading.