Category: Tag

CandyCane Tag

Grade level: K-4
Equipment: None
Game Description: In Candy cane tag, players who are tagged must turn their body into a candy cane shape. To get back in the game, a player who isn’t tagged must run under the loop of the candy cane, or peel the wrapper off of it – your choice. Just a simple Christmas tag game idea to get students moving while at the same time promoting some Christmas cheer.

Stampede

Grade level: K-5
Equipment: Hula hoops
Game Description: Round up the Stampede! Cowboys and cowgirls must go around and lasso those horses to bring them back to the stables. Using hula hoops to capture the galloping horses, this game is sure to be a hoot. As usual with these games, there’s lots of room to add in your own rules or variations as you see fit. Read More →

Triangle Tag

Grade level: 1-8
Equipment: None
Game Description: A unique type of tag game in which 3 players form a triangle facing inwards to eachother, joining hands or locking arms or shoulders. A fourth player will start outside of the triangle and attempt to tag the player on the opposite side of the triangle from him. Great game for shuffle stepping, changing of direction, teamwork, and that kind of thing. This game will work with pretty much any age level.

Pokemon Tag

Grade level: 1-8
Equipment: Colored pinnies, pylons/cones
Game Description: 4 teams, 4 colors, and lots of Pokemon! The action and movement in this tag game never stops as teams take turns being the taggers and try to tag the players on the opposing teams. Not just your regular type of tag game, this game adds a few more dynamics to it, as well as the opportunity to bring in other basic movement skills. Great game for larger groups too!

The Question Game

Grade level: 3-8
Equipment: None
Game Description: Do you have brown hair? Do you have an older brother? Do you have a birthday in January? These types of questions can be asked in ‘The Question Game’, where students attempt to make it across to the other side without getting tagged. Players can only run if the question pertains to them. As more and more players get tagged, more and more become the tagger in the middle and it gets more difficult for the runners. Try it out and come up with your own questions. Read More →

ABC Tag

Grade level: 1-3
Equipment: None
Game Description: One of the different versions of ABC tag, this one lets students think of words that start with a certain letter, and when they get tagged, they must say the word and/or spell the word out loud before they can get back into the game. Another popular version of ABC tag that you can try out as well goes something like this: students who are tagged try to turn their body into the shape of a letter. Try one or both of these versions of this game in your physical education class!

Banana Tag

Grade level: K-5
Equipment: None
Game Description: Such a simple tag game; kids go bananas, literally! As players get tagged, they must curve their bodies into the shape of a banana. Someone else will come along and ‘peel’ them so that they are free.

Man From Mars

Grade level: K-4
Equipment: None
Game Description: ‘Man from Mars can you take us to the stars?’ – Only if you’re wearing the color green!  The Man from Mars tries to tag the runners who are wearing the colors he calls out. Each round he calls out a new color. Anyone tagged joins him in the middle to help. Another imaginative type of physical education game, tag-style. Read More →

Steal The Bacon

Grade level: K-8
Equipment: Scarf, flag, or object
Game Description: Steal The Bacon is a classic game. Two teams face off with the goal of trying to earn points each round by stealing the bacon in the middle and bringing it back to their own team without getting tagged.  There is room for variation in this game as you see fit; perhaps add in some math equations where the answer to the problem is the number of the players who run! Read More →

Pacman

Grade level: K-5
Equipment: None
Game Description: In the Pacman physical education game, all players must stay on the lines. The Pacman will go around clapping his hands together like a giant Pacman mouth, trying to tag the other players. Once tagged, players also become a Pacman until everyone has been caught – then it’s time for a new round! Great for spatial awareness and switching directions.