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With daily distractions like television and video games, you may find it hard to get your kids up and moving around. A straightforward solution is to get a game of tag going between them. Not only does tag lets them blow off all their pent-up energy, but it can also calm them down toward the end of the day. Here are some interesting versions of tag for your kids to play that can get them out of the house and moving their bodies.
Setting Up a Tag Game
Make sure to explain to all the kids, especially smaller ones, that they should use a light touch when tagging each other. You can demonstrate precisely how they should handle tagging so that they can mirror you. When playing in the pool, keep some pool safety tips in mind so that they can have fun and stay out of danger.
This game begins with two players who are “it.” They must race after the others and attempt to tag them while holding hands with each other. The next person they tag becomes a member of their blob. You may either keep playing until all the players are in the blob or break it apart once it reaches a certain number of people. In this instance, all the blobs keep chasing the other players until everyone has been tagged.
In this game, everyone is “it” and can tag anyone else. When a player gets tagged, they must take one hand and place it on the spot where kids tagged them. The hand serves as a band-aid, and they must keep their hand there while they continue to try and tag others. When they get tagged again, they must place their free hand on that new spot while keeping their other hand on the last spot. Suppose a player gets tagged a third time. In that case, they must go to the “hospital” and perform some predetermined action, such as ten jumping jacks, before they can rejoin the game.
Freeze tag is a tried-and-true classic that’s been around for generations. A group spreads out and chooses one person to be “it.” Whoever is “it” will try to tag others, and once tagged, they will stop moving or freeze. Other players can unfreeze someone with a chosen motion, such as a high five. The game ends when everyone is frozen or after a specific time limit.
There are plenty of fun pool games kids can play during the summertime. If you have access to a pool where children can play safely, start a rousing game of tag with just a few pool noodles. Assign one person to the role of “it” and provide them with a pool noodle. They can then attempt to tag someone else in the pool. The tagger will give the pool noodle to the newly marked person, who will then become “it.”
Ideally, one or all of these interesting versions of tag for your kids to play will encourage your children to get active. With a bit of luck, they might even make a habit of it.