How to play Triangle Tag

Do your students get stuck indoors when it's cold, rainy or snowy? It's time to introduce some new fun, active games that can be played indoors. This week's game is incredibly active, requires no equipment, and can be played in a small space. The Game of the Week is Triangle Tag!

Group Size:  4+

Age Group:  Grades 1+
Length of Activity:   Less than 10 minutes
Developmental Goal:  To develop strategic thinking and verbal communication
Equipment:  None

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.

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