Top 5 Tag Games

Tag Games

In English, ‘tag’ most likely comes from the Middle English word tek, meaning ‘touch, slap’. In every culture of the world you’ll find tag games. I have fond memories in junior school of chasing my peers around playing Kiss Chasey. I would likely get a slap in the face if I tried that today!

Here are a few of my favourite Tag Games that you may like to play with your students or youth group.

Snow Ball

Great to play on a large playground with lots of climbing gear. Have a bucket of tennis balls or bean bags. One player is ‘It’ . He/she gives the others a chance to run off. The player who is ‘It’ takes a tennis ball and chases after the other players. When players are tagged, they must run to the bucket, get a tennis ball, becoming a tagger as well. The game goes on until all players have been tagged. Then reverse the game with the last player to be tagged, becoming the new tagger. This player returns their ball back to the bucket, then runs off to tag the other players. As other players are tagged, they also put their balls in the bucket and join the tagging team.

Hum Tag

A player is chosen to be ‘It’. He/she stands with their hand in the air and calls out loudly, “1, 2, 3 I am it!”. They then chase players within a boundary. Escaping players can form a group of three, hold hands, take a deep breath and hum loudly. These three players are safe from being tagged whilst holding hands and humming. As soon as one of them runs out of hum, they must break hands and run off. Any player tagged must stand with their hand in the air and call loudly, “1, 2, 3, I am it!”. Then continue the chase.

Peg Tag

Great youth group game for larger groups. Each player attached three pegs to the back of their T-shirt. The game starts and all players run around and steal pegs from opponents’ backs. Give the tag game a time limit, and then all players count their captured pegs to see who wins. Can also play this game with velcro tail tags instead of pegs. I guess you would have to call the game ‘Tail Tag’ if you did that!

Giants, Wizards and Elves

Set up two teams. Each team has a team meeting and decides if the team is going to be either Elves, Wizards or Giants. Once decided, teams face off in the middle of the court. Toes must be touching the opponent’s toes.  The youth group leader, or teacher, counts down (3, 2, 1), then all players act out (and call out) their chosen character. The team that has the more powerful character must chase the other team to their end zone, tagging players. Any player tagged must join the team that tagged them. Then teams have another team meeting and select a character again to repeat the process until one team runs out of players. Giants squash Elves. Elves chew legs of Wizards. Wizards cast spell on Giants.

Dragons’ Tails

Form teams with about 6 players in each team. Each team forms up as a long dragon with the player at the front being the head and the player at the back being the tail (this player tucks a long tail out of their pants). All the players in the team must hold onto the waist of the player in front of them. The game starts and the dragons move around and try and steal the tails from other teams. If a team loses its tail, it is out of the game. If a team breaks in two, then it is out of the game. The winner is the last dragon left in the game! This is an awesome team building game requiring strategy.

Wacki App Tag Games

Wacki App has a filter that will find you the perfect tag game for the amount of time you have to play, size group and age of the players. We have over a dozen tag games ready for you to try with your youth. There are plenty more outdoor group games or indoor youth group games on this website.

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Circle Games for Kids

Circle Games

Circle games for kids are fantastic for team building. They are usually smaller indoor group games requiring little or no equipment, can be set up super quick and are great fun! As a classroom teacher, I like to use circle games to energize students between lessons. A teacher who fosters relationships with his/her students will have better engaged students. Remember, ‘kids don’t care what you think unless you care’. Small group circle games are an excellent tool for developing strong bonds between students and between students and their teacher.

Here Are My Top Five Circle Games for Kids

Karate Chop

Aim to be the last left in the game. Players stand in a tight circle and take up a Karate stance, then freeze. A player starts and must chop the arm of a player either side of them. The player being chopped must try and move their hand away to avoid being chopped. Hands freeze as soon as the move has been completed. The next person in the circle now tries to do the same. This continues around the circle. If a player has an arm chopped, their arm is then out of the game. Lose both arms and the player is out! This fun group game requires concentration and quick reflexes.

Bunny Bunny

Aim to be the last left in the game. A ‘Bunny’ is chosen. He/she puts up their hands as bunny ears. The players either side put up one hand (next to Bunny) to represent one ear. To start, the Bunny calls another player’s name by saying, “Bunny, bunny Tom”. Tom becomes the new Bunny. He puts up his two ears, with players either side putting up one ear. Now Tom calls the next Bunny. This continues. Players get out if they mess things up or they are too slow. This is a great energizer game that can be played between lessons!

Bang!

Aim to be the last left in the game. A player starts by calling another player’s name. That player must duck to the ground as fast as they can. The players either side of him/her must shoot at each other calling, “Bang!” If the player who ducked is too slow, he/she is out. If he/she did duck quickly, then the player who was slowest to shoot and call “bang” is out. Now the player who did the ducking calls the next name. Another fun indoor circle game that requires concentration and quick reflexes. Could also use the game for teaching times tables, instead of players shooting and calling “bang”, they call out the answer to a times table.

Circle Games for kids

Jockeys Up

Aim to be the last pair left in the game. Players form pairs, then form an inner circle and an outer circle with one player from the pair in each of the circles. Players in the inner circle are the horses. Players in the outer circle are the jockeys. The team leader calls, “Horses go”. The horses stay in their circle and gallop in a clockwise direction. Them leader calls, “Jockeys go”. Jockeys stay in their circle and jog in an anti-clockwise direction. Team leader may call, “Reverse” and horses and Jockeys change direction. Then team leader calls, “Jockeys Up!” Quickly jockeys must find their horse partner and jump on their back. The slowest pair are out. Keep the group game going until only one pair remains.

Screaming Toes

Everyone gets out! Team leader calls, “toes”. All players must look down and focus on another player’s toes. Team leader counts, “1, 2, 3”. Players look up and must look straight at the person whose toes they were focussing on. If that player is looking right back at them, they must both scream as loud as they can. They are then out of the game. Team leader calls “toes” again and the game repeats until everyone is out! This is a goofy game!

Looking for more Circle Games? Here is a selection of indoor youth group games that make great energizer games.

Wackiapp has all these circle group games, and many more! Short engaging instructional videos for you and your kids to watch, learn and play! Click HERE to check out the app.

Large Group Games for the Outdoors

large group games

Having groups of 100 or more presents challenges with finding a suitable group game that can be played easily, and at the same time, engage all players. Here are a few outdoor large group games that are definite winners with kids of all ages.

Secret Hunter

A large group game similar to Gang Up Chasey. A Secret Hunter is selected. Everyone runs off, and if they like, can hide. The Secret Hunter will hunt (tag) players. These players then join the Secret Hunter’s team and become Hunters. More and more Hunters band together seeking out players. The last player tagged wins the game! Perfect for big open spaces where kids can run. Guaranteed to wear them out!

Capture the Flag

For very large groups play this one with four teams. Each team has an area to defend and an ‘no go zone’ to place their flag (this can be a ball in a circle- 3 metre diameter). Each team also has a jail for holding their captures. The aim of the game is to capture all four flags. If players get tagged whilst in another team’s area they must go to that team’s jail. Only a player from their own team can rescue them from jail. This is an action strategy large group game where everyone is involved. Also a great night group game that kids would enjoy playing on a youth camp. When I was a teenager we played Capture the Flag at night in sand-dunes in the bush with just two teams! The guys manning the base would have torches.

Everybody’s It

 A very simple large group game that is perfect as a warm up. Everybody runs around tagging one another. If tagged, the player stands still with their arms out in a ‘tree pose’. Active players can also save other players by ducking under a tagged player’s outstretched arm. The game has not end, just lots of energized kids!

Large Group Games Capture the Flag

Treasure

This one is a favourite of mine! The kids love the game and they will play until they drop. The aim is to steal all the ‘treasure’ from the other team. Two teams, each with their own zone. In each zone there is a circle (about 2-3m diameter). Place three pieces of treasure in each circle (use anything- shoes, gator balls, coconuts). Each zone also has a jail and a safe base (use a hoola-hoop for these or a mat). Teams wear team colours. Allow players time to meet to discuss strategy, then start the game. Players must defend their treasure and at the same time try to steal the treasure from the other team. If caught they are put in jail. To be rescued from jail, a member from their team must get to the jail and link arms with their captured team mate. They can then walk them safely back to their team zone. Players can also use the safe base as a vantage point to get closer to the treasure. This is an action packed exciting Large group game for the outdoors.

The key to running successful large group games is having all players fully engaged in the game and not standing around.

Check out Wacki’s collection of outdoor large group games HERE.

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