One Armed Tag

This is a tag but not as you know it…


One Armed Tag

Everybody loves to play tag. It’s a game all children know and love to play.

Children love the thrill of being chased and the thought of winning adds to the excitement of the game.

This tag game is a little different and can be played anywhere where there is open space to run around in. We played it in a forest whilst out on a walk.

One Armed Tag – The Rules

The priniciples of the game are the same as normal tag.  Set the boundaries for the game and off you go!

  1. Everyone places one hand on their lower back – palm outwards. This is where people can tag you. They must touch the palm of your hand in order to tag you.
  2. In their other hand have them point their index finger. This is the only part of their body they can tag people with.
  3. Everyone is “it”and runs around trying to tag each other. Creative methods of running around are ensured!
  4. If you are tagged you are out for 20 seconds you can then rejoin the game.

Adapting the game for different groups

This game can be adapted to suit the group.

  • For older children you could increase the boundaries of the area to play in, with more running around!
  • You could have one winner where players can remain out of the game.
  • A different location could change the dynamics of the game.
  • Play it in the dark with torches (head torches ideally).

We had a lot of fun playing this one-armed tag. It’s great way to burn off some energy and break up a walk.

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Mum to three kids and loves getting out and about with them. Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy getting out and about with their kids. You can often find Shell on Twitter @GetOutKids.

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  1. We are off to a garden centre today, my daughter and I are going to play it around the flower beds!

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