Recreational Games Teacher Resources

Looking for a fun new game to spice things up in your class? Our collection of recreational games has exactly what you need with countless variations of classics like tag and hide and seek, as well brand new activities that are bound to excite students.
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Team Ball Tag

For Students 3rd - 8th
Divvy the class into equal teams and give each team a set of the same colored pinnies. Have players spread out around the gym and give each player a ball. The object of the game is to tag another team player with the ball. When a player...
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Skunk Tag

For Students 1st - 6th
Choose two taggers to be the "skunks." Set up five hula hoops in the gym; one in each corner and one in the middle. The hoops in the corners are the safe zones for the players while the middle hoop is the skunk's home. The skunks start...
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Mystery Tag

For Students 2nd - 8th
When the chosen person yells "Face the wall!" everyone on the opposite end faces the wall while the tagger counts down from five and hides behind an exercise mat. When the tagger gets to zero, everyone runs across the gym to the other...
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Pass and Score Tag

For Students 2nd - 6th
Give two taggers a pool noodle and two freers a foam ball. If runners get tagged, then the freers must free them by throwing the ball to them. The trick is freers can't move when they throw, and runners must catch the ball to be free....
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CandyCane Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a tagger. The rest of the class runs around the gym. If a runner is tagged, they must freeze and stand in the shape of a candy cane. To get back into the game, another runner must run underneath the arch of the candy cane.
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Dead Ant Tag

For Students K - 5th
Tag, you're a dead ant! Players run around the playing area and runs from the taggers. If a player gets tagged, then they must lay on the ground with their arms and legs in the air. To get back into the game, four people must touch the...
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Blob Tag

For Students K - 4th
Have the class line up on one side of the gym. Choose one person to be the tagger. When the tagger yells "blob tag!" then the whole class runs across the gym while trying not to get tagged. Anyone that's tagged, now becomes part of the...
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Bump Tag

For Students 2nd - 7th
Partner up the class. Break up one set of partners and assign one as a chaser and the other as a flee'er. The flee'er runs around the gym away from the chaser. If the flee'er is tagged, then he become the chaser. If the flee'er makes it...
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Secret Agent Tag

For Students 2nd - 8th
Have the whole class sit down on the floor with their eyes closed. Pick a few people to be the "bad guys," which are the taggers, and a few people to be the "secret agents," which are the freers, by tapping them once or twice on the...
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Continuous Tag

For Students K - 4th
Assign a tagger, and everyone else as runners. The tagger will tag people at random. Persons tagged must go to the other side of the gym court to perform a skill. Once they are done, they can go back in the game.
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Scooter Tag

For Students K - 8th
Have the class spread out around the gym while seated on their scooters. Have a few individuals be the taggers signified by a different color scooter or wearing a penny. If classmates get tagged by a tagger, then they must spin around...
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Line Tag

For Students K - 5th
Have the class spread out on the gym floor, choosing a line to stand on of their choice. The object of the game is to stay on the line and not get tagged. The taggers and freers must also stay on the lines. If a player is tagged, they...
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Hospital Tag

For Students 2nd - 6th
Begin the game by setting up the two opposite corners of the gym as hospitals, while assigning two taggers. Choose two people as ambulance drivers, and they will use the scooters as ambulance beds (scooters are connected with a mat on...
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Robot Tag

For Students 1st - 5th
Assign a few players to be "bad robots," and the rest of the class is "good robots." Place three Hula hoops in the middle of the gym to represent the 10-second "charging station," or safe area. Set up a cone square on one end of the gym....
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Santa Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a class member to be the Santa. Everyone else is a reindeer and spreads out around the gym. Santa's objective for the game is to tag the others so he can round up his reindeer. When a reindeer is tagged, they must step out of the...
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Frosty's Freeze Tag

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in a holiday P.E. tagging game involving chasing, fleeing, and dodging skills. With the taggers holding a fleece ball (snowball), they chase and tag the other students, with the tagged students becoming unfrozen by...
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Groundhog Day Tag Game

For Teachers K - 5th
Students play the Groundhog Day tag game to follow instructions and play according to the rules of the game. They attempt to run to the "holes" to be safe or if caught they move to a pre-determined area off the playing field.
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Tunnel Tag

For Teachers K - 6th
Tunnel tag requires players to form some kind of tunnel when they are tagged. In order to become unfrozen from being tagged, another player has to go through the tunnel they formed. There are several examples of tunnels that a player can...
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Double Tunnel Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Double tunnel tag is just the same as tunnel tag but the players are now with a partner. This poses it's own challenges when running around and trying to avoid being tagged. The only difference from tunnel tag is that when a player is...
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Toilet Tag

For Teachers K - 6th
Don't let the name of this game throw you off because kids will love this tag game! Start off with a couple of players being "it". When they tag a player, the player must kneel on one knee with the other one up, and one arm straight out...
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British Warm-Up Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
British warm-up tag is a team dodgeball game. One ball, two teams. Run away from the person who has the ball in his hand to avoid being hit by the ball and eliminated from the game.  If you have the ball in your hands, you may not move...
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Sharks and Minnows

For Teachers 1st - 4th
One of the most basic of all tag games is Sharks and Minnows. Start out with a couple of sharks in the middle of the gym and all other players on the endline of the gym. The goal is to run across the gym without getting caught by a...
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Adaptive Sports and Recreational Games

For Teachers 5th - 12th
It's truly amazing how people with physical disabilities are able to find ways to overcome their impairments. Their tremendous perseverance is evident in this handout that describes the ways different sports, ranging from bowling...
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TIDES

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders are taught the concept of camouflage through the game hide and seek. They view photographs of camouflaged animals on the TIDES website. Students create a poster that camouflages a particular animal based on what they have...