You’re it! No, you’re it! You’re it!
When is the last time you played tag? No, seriously…when is the last time you played tag? The answer is too long. Back in the olden days, tag was as simple as chasing your friend and trying to tag them on the back. If were fast and elusive enough you could be the tag champion!
Below we have three of my favorites. It is hard to track down where we learned these from, but just know we did not come up with the rules to these games, we just love them!
This activity is a fun game and energizer that puts a spin on traditional tag. If you want a slower paced tag game then this is the activity for you.
Instructions: Have your group form a circle before you begin explaining the activity. In Statue Tag everyone can either be moving about freely at any speed they choose or stand completely still like a statue. If you are a statue you cannot be tagged but you must also keep your eyes closed until you begin moving.
The individuals who are “it” may also move about freely at any speed they choose or be a statue. Participants who are “it” however, can open their eyes and look around while they are statues. The goal of someone who is “it” will be to tag someone that is moving about the room causing the person that was tagged to now be “it.” Remember you cannot tag a statue if they are standing still and his or her eyes are closed. As the facilitator have all participants close their eyes at the beginning so that you may at random choose one or more individuals to be “it”.
Facilitator Notes: Feel free to make it more fun by offering “bonus points” for creative statue poses.
Not all tag games are equal, and Eyeball Tag is my all-time favorite. This game does not need athletic prowess and quick hands to be successful, but rather great timing mixed with courage and bravery.
Each participant gets a chair and the group arranges the chairs in a circle. The facilitator or a volunteer does not have a chair and stands in the middle of the circle.
The object of this activity is to switch chairs with another participant after making eye contact with them. If two participants make eye contact, they stand up and move to each other’s chairs as quickly as possible. If the facilitator in the middle sees the participants moving, they will try to sit in an open chair. If successful, the participant in the middle assumes their role and tries to find an open chair. Play this as quickly as possible with as many people switching chairs as they dare.
- Make sure your chairs are solid and secure. This game gets lively, and you do not want your chairs to break.
- Be sure to let your participants know that safety is the number one priority.
- It is often best to make this game a “walking” activity.
Set Up: Ask the participants to get into groups of three or four in a single-file line.
Instructions: In this activity participants create their trucker names by using an adjective that matches the first letter in their first name and an animal that matches the first letter in their last name.
Example: Bob Smith could be Beautiful Snake, Bumpy Salamander, or even Beaming Spider.
Once the participants have created their trucker name, ask them to shake hands with other truckers in their group by using their new name.
Next, the first trucker in the line will be the driver and the others will become trailers by placing their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them.
The trucks will then start to move about the room trying to tag other trucks. If a truck gets tagged, the truck driver will move to the back and then get back on the road trying to tag another truck.
Continue until the trucks go through an entire rotation or just tire out.
What is your favorite?
Maybe you’ve played a game of tag before that is different than the normal tag games you play as kids. What is your favorite? How do you play? Let us know in the comments below!