How to play this tag game, in which everyone can both be tagged and tag others.

Sometimes it's just too hard to pick someone to be it. In this case, why not play a game where every player get to be it! In this fun tag game, all players can be both tagged and tag others. But be careful, a tag results in a wound that needs a bandage. Luckily there's a special hospital nearby that will heal you so you can get back in the game when you're out of bandages. The Game of the Week is Bandaid Tag!

Group Size:  Large group (10 or more)

Age Group:  Grades 1-5
Length of Activity:  Under 10 minutes
Developmental Goal:  To develop eye-hand coordination
Equipment:  None

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 what to do when you get tagged
  • Make sure players know where the hospital is and how to be fixed.

Set Up: 

Designate a clear playing area. Designate a ‘hospital’ outside the play area

How To Play: 

  • In this game, every player is “it” and can both tag others and be tagged.
  • If a player is tagged, s/he must take one hand and put it directly on the place where they were tagged. The hand is a “band aid”.
  • S/he can continue to run around and avoid being tagged but they must keep their ‘band aid’ on, now s/he only has one free hand.
  • If s/he is tagged again, s/he must take the other hand and place it on the second spot where s/he tagged. S/he can still continue to run around with both “band aids” on.
  • If s/he is tagged a third time, s/he has to go to the ‘hospital’ and do ten jumping jacks to get back in.  


  • Players can be “treated” at the hospital by counting to 20 and then return to the game without any “band aids”.
  • Players can go to the hospital at any time to remove any band-aids. They do not have to wait until they are tagged the second or third time.

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