Tag Games

Tag, you’re it!

These games are great favorites on the playground and at a party!

These different games are written so that all kids can participate at the same time.

Read them over, pick which one will work best for the age of your party guests, and play!

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  • Capture the Flag - Capture the flag is a party and playground favorite. But because you have more rules and a bit of strategy involved, this one is best for older kids - adults.
  • Flashlight Firefly – Played after dark, outside, in wide open spaces. You’ll need an adult to count and a flashlight. Choose someone to be the firefly and give him/her a flashlight. Have everyone hide their eyes while the adult counts to 10. During this time the Firefly goes out into the dark area. At the count of 10, the Firefly must flash the flashlight on and off. The Firefly can run around, hide, anything to avoid getting caught! The adult continues to count to 10, and at each count of 10 the Firefly flashes the flashlight. Whoever catches the Firefly will be the next one!
  • Freeze Tag – Choose one person to be “It”. When “It” catches someone, that kid is "frozen" in place. Variation: A player can become unfrozen if a person crawls thru their legs.
  • Hide and Seek - Choose one person to be “It” and designate a spot in the party area to be “base”, which is a safe area where you cannot be tagged. “It” turns around and with their eyes closed, slowly counts to 20 while the other players hide. After counting to 20, "It" says "Ready or Not, Here I Come" and tries to find everyone. If found by “It”, a player tries to run back to base without getting caught.
  • Lion's Tail - If you have a lot of players, this one is fun! Have everyone form a line while holding hand. The first player is the head, the last is the tail. On "go", the head tries to catch the tail, while the tail tries to not get caught.
  • Monster Monster Game - We play this game at every single party. Kids ask for it whenever we have a group at our house!! One person (usually my husband) is the monster, and stands at one end of the yard. The kids are at the other end of the yard. The kids yell together, “Monster, Monster, are you hungry?” to which the monster will say “No, not really, come closer”. The kids will all come a little closer and ask the question again. This happens over and over, until the monster finally answers “Yes”! At this point he tries to catch as many children as possible and they become monsters too. The game starts over, with the new monsters on one side of the yard and the other kids at the other side of the yard. You can adapt this to your theme, for example at a jungle party you could yell “Lion, Lion, are you hungry?”.
  • Sticker Tag– You’ll need a sheet of round office dot stickers for each kid. Pass these out and on “go”, have each player try to catch other players by putting a sticker on them. You can’t place a sticker on the same person two times in a row, and you can’t remove stickers from where you have been tagged. When everyone has used up all their stickers the person with the fewest on their body wins!
  • Wacky Tag– Have an adult call out crazy actions, like “crawl like a baby”. Everyone (including the player who is “It”) plays while crawling like a baby. Make a list of crazy actions (hop on one foot, run backwards, etc.) before the party so you’ll have lots of funny ideas.
  • What time is it Mr. Wolf? - Choose one player to be the wolf. The Wolf has to stand at one end of the game area facing away from the other players. The kids walk closer, shouting "What time is it, Mr. Wolf?" Mr. Wolf shouts back a time, such as 5 o'clock, 2:30, etc. The players keep asking and Mr. Wolf keeps answering, until at one point Mr. Wolf shouts "dinner time", and all the children run while Mr. Wolf tries to catch them.

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