Chain Tag


In catching games someone has to be ‘it’ and try to catch or tag the others. There are lots of ways to play. You don’t need any special equipment, just a lot of space. As few as two people can play, or up to 20. Here are three ways to play.

Traditional tag

  1. First decide who is ‘it’ and everyone else run away.
  2. If the person who is ‘it’ tags or touches you, you are ‘it’.
  3. If you are ‘it’ try to tag someone else so that they will become ‘it’ in your place.

Chain tag

  1. Play this like tag, but if the catcher tags you, join hands with him.
  2. Now you are both ‘it’. When you tag another player, he or she must join hands too.
  3. When the next person is tagged the chain splits in two twos.
  4. The game ends when everyone is caught.

Hospital tag

  1. In this game, if you are tagged you don’t become ‘it’. You have to hold the part of your body where you were tagged.
  2. If you get tagged again, you have to hold that part of your body with your other hand.
  3. The third time you are tagged, you become ‘it’ because you have run out of hands!


This game need three or more players.

The idea of the game is that when the catcher tags another player, they are stuck in the mud and can’t run away anymore. If the catcher can get all the players stuck in the mud, he wins.

How to play

  1. The game starts like any other catching game, with the catcher trying to tag the other players.
  2. If you are tagged, stand still with your arms out and legs wide apart to show you are stuck in the mud.
  3. Any player who is still free can rescue the ones who are stuck in the mud by crawling between their legs.
  4. If a large number of people want to play, you will need more than one catcher.


This game can be played with four or more players.

The idea of the game is that the catcher is a hungry shark. The rest of the players pretend to be shipwrecked and the playground is the sea. There are bits of wreckage to cling to, but not enough for everyone.

How to play

  1. First decide what to use for wreckage. Choose things like trees, drainpipes or shapes painted on the playground. Have one piece of wreckage less than the number of shipwrecked sailors.
  2. Now run away from the shark. Grab hold of a piece of wreckage so that he or she can’t get you.
  3. If someone else arrives at your piece of wreckage, you have to move on because only one player is allowed on each piece of wreckage at a time.
  4. If you are caught you become the shark.

5. There is always someone in the water for the shark to chase and the game goes on until everyone is too worn out to play any more!

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