It seems crazy to tamper with the classic group game of tag. One player -- who is "it" -- runs after any number of other players, who try to avoid being tagged and becoming the next "it."
Maybe tag is such a popular childhood game because it satisfies a primal need for the thrill of the chase. But any parent looking for a way to burn some kid energy looks at tag as a lifesaver.
To keep the game fresh and interesting, we offer some new twists on an old favorite.
- Flashlight tag: Played in twilight or evening hours, "it" must "capture" a player with a beam of light from a flashlight.
- Pitch-black tag: Play tag in the dark, preferably on a night without a full moon!
- Shadow tag: This is played on a sunny day, especially when the sun is shining high in the sky. "It" tags a player by stepping on his or her shadow.
- Circle tag: Use chalk to mark out a 10-foot circle on the ground. "It" stands inside the circle and must try to tag players as they run through the circle. A player who is tagged can become the new "it," or join "it" in trying to tag other players until only one player is left, who is the winner.
- Sticker tag: You'll need a package of removable round color-coding labels, found at your local office supply store. Each player selects a color and places 10 round dots on arms, legs and torsos. The object of the game is to "tag" other players with your own dots. The winner is the one who ends up wearing no dots!