Saturday, October 2, 2010

Favorite Tag

Favorite Tag

Children love to talk about their favorite things.  In this game, students will be thinking of their favorite things, discovering what others favorites are, and learning about classification.   All while getting a lot of exercise!

Equipment Needed:
3 soft objects used for tagging players (ex. small pieces of pool noodles, yarn balls, or rubber rings)

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 3 taggers to begin on the end line.  Taggers carry the noodle with them and use it for tagging players.   Players begin in personal space.  For each round of this game, the teacher (or a student) will choose a category of favorite things to share and announce it so everyone knows the category.  When everyone yells “FAVORITE TAG” the game begins.

Examples of categories:
Colors, fruits, vegetables, ice cream flavors, sports, subjects in school, outdoor activities,  books, teachers, board games, toys, etc.

Round 1 = Share the name of your favorite book
Round 2 = Share your favorite color
Round 3  = Share your favorite toy

If a player is tagged, they sit down with their legs crossed and think of their favorite ______(insert whatever was pre-determined by teacher).  Another player may help a tagged player by sitting across from them and sharing their favorite things.  Once they both have shared, they say Thank You and stand up to continue playing.

Example:  Category is favorite ice cream flavor.  Jim is tagged and sits down.  Raina helps Jim by saying “my favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip.”  Jim says, “my favorite ice cream flavor is Moose Tracks”. Both say “thank you” and continue playing.

You can change the game by allowing tagged players to scoot on the floor to help other tagged players (rather than waiting for a non-tagged player to sit down with them).

This is a great icebreaker activity or beginning of school activity to help students get to know each other.

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