Tag games can be used in a number of different situations. They are great for warming up a class outside, or if you have a spare 20 minutes at the end of the day they work perfectly in these situations. The five games listed in this blog require minimal equipment and are extremely easy to set up. The students will love the chance to research a tag game themselves, and then take it in turns to teach a new one to the class. This will increase class unity and also improve students’ confidence and organisational skills.

As all of you are aware, there are hundreds of different tag games that teachers use. The five I have included in this post are hopefully ones that are new to some teachers. I have found that by using different tag games with students, they are always learning and therefore are more engaged with new activities. I would love some feedback on these tag games, if they work or if they don’t. Also if teachers have some other tag games that are unique please send them through and I can add them to my teaching app ClassBreak and credit you for the game. Once again if you would like these five tag games as a PDF please email me at dale@breakappz.com

Egyptian Tag

Equipment:

None

Description:

Pick two students to be the Mummies, who are the taggers. The two Mummies then run around and try and tag the rest of the students who are called Egyptians. If an Egyptian is close to getting tagged, they can adopt an Egyptian pose with their arms to the side and one leg off the ground. While they are balancing in this position they cannot be tagged. They remain safe as long as they can balance in the Egyptian pose. If the pose is easy, and your class can balance like this for long periods, make it harder. After two minutes, rotate the Mummies so other students can have a go.

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Novelty Tag

Equipment:

Four sets of different colour bands

Description:

Novelty tag is a game you can play any time of the year by interchanging the cast of characters each season. Place the students in a square formation. Give each line a holiday name (Roast Chicken, Xmas Presents, Easter Eggs, Plum Pudding, etc.) The teacher calls one group to tag in the centre while the others are called one name at a time to run to the other side of the playing area. If tagged the students return to the start line, and if they make it to the other end they stay on the other contact line. Call a new group each time until all students have had a turn.

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Chaos Tag

Equipment:

Small objects

Description:

Split the students into two even teams. Each team starts in their own half of the playing area. The students’ aim is to cross their opposition’s end line which is a safe zone, where they cannot be tagged. The students then try to pick up one of the small objects and run it back to their own end line without being tagged by an opponent. If they are tagged they stand on the spot like a scarecrow until a teammate crawls through their legs to free them. The team who steals all the objects from the other team first wins.

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Memory Tag

Equipment:

None

Description:

All students in memory tag are taggers. If a student is tagged they must bob down on the spot they were tagged. They have to remember who tagged them. When another student tags the student who tagged them they are free to join the game again. If two students tag each other at the same time, use paper, scissors, rock to see who has to bob down.

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Reward Tag

Equipment:

Four cones to mark 10m x 10m square

Description:

Half of the students start inside the playing square, while the other half are lined up on the side of the square ready for their turn. The teacher lets one student in at a time. That student has 10 seconds to tag someone. If this student does tag someone, the tagged student leaves the game and runs around the court, lining up at the end of the line. If 10 seconds go by and no one is caught, the tagger exits and does the same. Lines turn over rapidly. Tasks can be set up along the way for students in the line waiting, such as jump rope, push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks and so on.

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