How to play this fun tag game, with its many varieties, Freeze Tag.

One of the many games most people remember playing as a child is tag. And this week's game is a variation often played with many different themes and slightly different rules. The Game of the Week is Freeze Tag!

Group Size:  Large group (10 or more)

Age Group:  Grades 1-5
Length of Activity:  10 minutes or more
Developmental Goal:  To develop cooperation and listening to directions
Equipment:  None

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 how to give a double high-5
  • Select two players to be ‘it’

Set Up:

Open area with boundaries

How To Play:

  • To begin, the players spread out within the open area, and the leader designates what movement everyone should be using (i.e. running, skipping, hopping, walking, etc.).
  • If a player gets tagged, s/he immediately freezes
  • To ‘unfreeze’ a player, another player must give the frozen person a double high-5.
  • Neither player may be tagged while unfreezing someone and taggers cannot stand around waiting for them to finish.
  • The leader should switch taggers and styles of movement.


  • Tunnel Tag: When a player gets tagged, s/he freezes with their legs spread shoulder-width apart on the ground. To ‘unfreeze’ a player, another player must crawl through the player’s legs from the front.
  • To unfreeze a player, another player must shake hands with the frozen player and both must share their favorite cartoon, favorite food, what they want to be when they grow up, etc. 

Find more new and exciting games in our games library!

What variation of Freeze Tag do you remember playing?

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