Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Christmas Candy Cane Tag

Candy Cane Tag

I like to play this game after 2-3 rounds of “Christmas Tree Tag”.  Begin by asking students what they put ON their Christmas trees at home?  (Lights, ornaments, tinsel, candy canes, etc.)  Discuss the flavors of candy canes they like to eat. (There are so many flavors now days!) 

Ask them if they can make their body shaped like a candy cane.  (Stand tall and straight, put your arms up and curl your wrists over). Tell them in this game they will pretend to be their favorite flavors of candy canes!  

Equipment Needed:
2 Red  and 2 green yarn balls
Christmas music (optional)

Explanation of Game:

This is tag with NO SAFE.  Players continue to move throughout the playing area for 2-3 minutes, until teacher gives them a signal to stop.  Rotate taggers every round.

To begin the game, select 4 taggers to begin on the end line.  Taggers carry the yarn balls with them and use them for tagging players.   Players begin in personal space.  When everyone yells “ CANDY CANES” the game begins.

If a player is tagged, they turn into a candy cane.   (Stand tall and straight, put your arms up and curl your wrists over).  For a player to be untagged, another player has to run around them one time. 

Video of 3rd graders playing Candy Cane Tag combined with Christmas Tree Tag. The taggers with a red noodle turn players into candy canes. Taggers with a green ball turn players into trees.

5th graders playing:


  1. Love that you added the mats as an additional component and that you can also combine it with the Christmas Tree game they will love it! Thanks! Ashley

    1. Thanks! Kids love to try to hide so I figured I'd put up some mats. :-)

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