Tag

Arch Tag The children are in a circle. One couple forms an arch. Circle rotates through the arch. On signal, circle stops and arch traps someone. The person trapped goes in centre and waits for another person to be caught. Then they form a second arch. The last person caught is the winner.

Ball Tag Equipment: Ball Like simple tag, but you run with ball, and must throw it at the person and hit them below the waist to tag them. If a person is hit then he becomes IT.

Catch one Catch all One player is chosen as IT. When IT tags another player that other player also becomes IT. ITS must keep an arm raised overhead so that they may be identified.

Color Tag Scatter - Leader calls a color. If you are wearing that color you are It and proceed to tag other children. If a child is tagged he must walk in a crab walk until a new color is called.

Elbow Tag (circle) Partners stand scattered over play area, inside arms linked, outside hand on hip. Runner reaches safety by hooking on to an arm, thus securing a partner. The other partner must drop off to be chased. If caught before reaching safety, then the runner becomes IT. If the runner is constantly evading the chaser, the supervisor can call "Switch!" which means that now the runner is the chaser.

This game can also be played in a more confined circular area with a very large group. The IT is in the middle of the circle along with the person being chased. In order for the person to avoid being caught he may link elbows with someone forming the circle. The runner is now on the other side of the person with whom the old runner linked elbows. Epidemic Tag See "Sticky Fingers"

Follow Tag Ask all players to find a partner. One person in each pair is the "leader" and the other is the "follower". The follower must follow as closely as possible (without touching) the leader. The instructor may control the form of locomotion by asking them to skip, walk, run, hop, etc. or the leader may be given the option of choosing or changing the form of locomotion as he chooses with the follower being obligated to do the same as the leader. The leader tries to make it difficult for the follower to follow. And it's always fun to stop abruptly.

Frozen Tag Children scatter in a designated area of the park. Two children are IT. When the others are touched by IT, they freeze. A frozen person may become unfrozen by one of the other children crawling through his legs. The object is to try to unfreeze people as fast as they are frozen. If you are frozen 3 times then you also become an IT.

Follow Tag Ask all players to find a partner. One person in each pair is the "leader" and the other is the "follower". The follower must follow as closely as possible (without Touching) the leader. The instructor may control the form of locomotion by asking them to skip, walk, run, hop, etc. or the leader may be given the option of choosing or changing the form of locomotion he chooses with the follower being obligated to do the same as the leader. The leader tries to make it difficult for the follower to follow. And its always fun to stop abruptly!

Hip One player is IT. Any player that IT tags becomes IT's helper. The Helpers must try to catch those not yet caught and hold them until IT can come to tag them. They signal to IT that they are holding someone by calling "HIP! HIP!"

Hug Tag A player is safe from being tagged only when they are hugging another player. For more hugging, propose that only three children hugging are safe, then four, then five.....

Imitation Tag Simple tag but with the manner of locomotion set by the chaser. The chaser may change his manner of running to hopping, skipping, crawling, crab walking etc. and all players must imitate his style.

Immunity Tag There is a number of variations of this game, however the general structure is as follows: Play is the same as simple tag except that those that are being chased can make themselves immune by doing some predetermined activity which gives them immunity. Beginner gymnasts for example may be able to make themselves immune by balancing on one foot. For more advanced gymnasts it may be doing a handstand. IT is not permitted to guard the immune person , for example waiting until the person comes down from the handstand. NB. you can only be immune 3 times then you are IT.

Jump The Shot One person in the centre swings a long rope in a circle while holding it low, this person may vary the speed he swings it. Everyone must jump over it to stay in the game. When touched by the rope that person must drop out of the circle.

Line Tag This is played on a gym floor or similar area on which lines are marked. The game continues as simple tag with the restriction that chaser and chased must run on the lines. To go off the line means you become an IT.

Mount Tag A man to be safe must be mounted on the back of another player. Then both horse and rider are safe. Partner Tag Divide the group into pairs. Partners decide who will be it and who will be the runner. When the leader says "Go", partners begin to run around, then its trying to tag the runners. When a partner tags the other, they switch roles.

Serpent Tag

Four players link their arms together forming a chain, these people are the serpent. The serpent runs around and tries to catch as many players at one time as it can by forming a circle around them. As soon as one or more of the players is circled by the serpent, they must link arms with the others in the serpent and help capture the remaining players.

Shadow Tag

One player is chosen to be it. The object of the game is for the person who is it to try and tag another player by stepping on his or her shadow. Define boundaries. When the person who is it steps on someone's shadow, he or she shouts "Sun Tag!". The player whose shadow was tagged becomes the next person to be IT, but that player must stand still for three counts before chasing the shadows.

Spoke Tag

A bicycle wheel picture is drawn or taped to the floor, the players are not allowed to move off of the spokes, and the IT must also move on the spokes. When a player is tagged, they become IT. There is also a ball that may be thrown around amongst the players, when a player has the ball, they are safe from IT. Triangle Tag The group needs to be split into groups of four. Three people hold hands. One player in the triangle is chosen to be chased. The person who is not in the circle is "it" and chases the person. The other two people are the chased person's shield. Keep changing roles.

Piggyback Tag Play is same as simple tag but players are in pairs with one mounted on the other's back.

Simple Tag Players are free to run anywhere they wish. One player (or more if desired) chases the other players. If he succeeds in tagging a player the tagged player becomes the chaser and the game continues without interruption. Rhythm Tag While the music plays (or the leader sings), campers walk around the area. When the music stops, the players should stop moving. Without taking a step, the players must try to tag another player. Two people can not tag each other, therefore the first tag counts. All the players that were tagged must make another movement when the music starts again. (hopping, crawling etc) Each time the music stops, those previously tagged try to tag those who have not been tagged. Walkers may also try to tag each other. The winner is the last walker remaining untagged.