How to play this fun game of tag in which everyone is it!

The Game of the Month is Tag! So this month, we're sharing difference versions of this fun playground game. Here's a fun game allows every player to be it. The Game of the Week is Watch Your Back!

Group Size:  10 or more

Age Group:   Grades 1+
Length of Activity:   10 or more minutes
Developmental Goal:   To develop memorization skills.
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 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. 
Find more new and exciting games in our games library!

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