You’re IT!

Dot and Mae have been invited by Tobais Toad to come and play! One game that Dot and Mae love to play is tag. Tag is a really fun game to play – all you need is a few friends and an area to run in! Here are a few different ways to play tag so that you and your friends can play too!

Amoeba Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
“It” chases players until someone is tagged.

Once tagged, that player joins hands with “It”. They run together and chase people. The person that they catch links hands with the chain.

Once 4 people are caught, they can either stay together or split into two groups. As more people are caught, they can stay together or split apart in even numbers at will.

Play until all are caught.

Ankle Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
Players avoid being tagged only by grabbing the ankle of another player.

Only one player can touch the ankle of another player at a time.

Once tagged, that player becomes the new “It”.

Backwards Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
Everyone chooses someone to be “It”.

It gets a five-second head start, then everyone that is NOT “It” chases after “It”. Once “It” is tagged, the person that tagged him becomes the new “It” and everyone chases after him.

Blob Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
Players must stay in a designated area.

“It” chases players until someone is tagged. Once tagged, that player grabs the hand of “It”. They become a blob.

The blob runs together after another player until that player gets tagged. Once tagged, that player grabs the hand of the second person and the blob grows.

Play continues until everyone has become part of the blob.

Clothespin Tag

Equipment Needed:
5 clothespins for each player.

How to Play:
Players hook 5 clothes pins to the back of their shirts.

The object of the game is pull off as many clothes pins from other people without losing your own. You can only pull off the clothes pins, without pulling clothes or pushing. (Violators forfeit a clothes pin to the victim).

Once a player loses all of their pins, they are out of the game.

Play continues until only one player remains.

Dragon Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
Players stand in a line.

Players put their hands on the hips of the player in front of them forming one long dragon. The player in the front is the head of the dragon, the player at the back is its tail. The head tries to catch the tail and the tail end tries not to be caught.

If the head catches the tail, the head links onto the tail and the next person in line becomes the new head of the dragon.

Play continues until all players have had a chance to be the head and the tail.

Elbow Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
Players group themselves into groups of three leaving one player out as “It”.

Players link arms at the elbow. “It” touches one group of three to begin play. Those three players must now break apart as “It” tries to tag one of them.

In order to be safe, a player must run to another group of three players and link arms to one of the sides. The person on the opposite side of the group must unlink and run. They in turn must attempt to link with another group of three before they are tagged.

If “It” successfully tags a player, they become the new “It”.

Flashlight Tag

Equipment Needed:
Flashlight.

How to Play:
This game is played at night.

“It” is chosen. “It” will count to 50 while the other players run and hide.

“It” uses a flashlight to find other players.

A player that can sneak past “It” and get to base will be safe.

Play continues until all players are found or are safe. The first player caught with the flashlight is the new it.

Freeze Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
“It” chases the players. Once tagged, a player must remain motionless until another player can touch them in order to “unfreeze” them. Play continues until all players are frozen.

Lemonade Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
Divide into two groups.

One group decides on a mutual occupation, such as being, ostrich farmers, or tight-rope walkers. Then they walk toward the other group. As they move toward the other group they begin a banter with the opposite group by saying,

” Here we come.”

The other group answers, “Where from?”

“(Name of a city) ____ City.”

“What’s your trade?”

“Lemonade”

” If you’re not afraid, show me…”

The first group acts out the profession.

As soon as the group guesses the profession, the first team turns and sprints back toward base. The other group races after to tag them. If someone is caught, they join the guessing team to choose the next profession.

Shadow Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
This is best played late in the afternoon or early evening, when the shadows are long.

“It” tags players by stepping on their shadows. If a player gets tagged, they become the new “It”.

Sting Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
“It” is the wasp. Players run around and try to avoid being stung.

Wherever “It” tags you, that part of your body goes numb. For example, if you are touched on the leg, you can’t use your leg.

Play continues until players can’t move. The first player that can’t move becomes the new “It”.

T. Rex Dinosaur Tag

Equipment Needed:
None.

How to Play:
Designate one area, called “home” that is “safe” for the plant-eating dinosaurs to run to in order to avoid being eaten by Tyrannesaurus Rex.

“It” is T. Rex. He closes his eyes and counts to 15 while the other players run and hide. T. Rex wanders around and tries to find the plant-eating dinosaurs (the other players).

If T. Rex sees a player, then he can chase after him.

If the plant-eater “freezes” (doesn’t move), then the T. Rex can’t catch him (because T. Rex is drawn by movement).

If the plant-eating dinosaur does move, however, then the T. Rex can try and catch him. The player is only safe if he outruns the T. Rex or gets to “home”. If the T. Rex catches the plant-eater, then the caught player becomes the new T. Rex.

NOW GO HAVE SOME FUN!

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