Friday, October 1, 2010

Trick or Treat Tag


Video of this game with written instructions below: Videos show what tagged player do.

As soon as October rolls around I hear children talking about what they will be dressing up for on Halloween.  In this game, children can pretend they are dressed up and going trick or treating!  But, this is a much healthier option. We are trick or treating for EXERCISES.....and they love it!

Equipment Needed:
3  soft objects for taggers to carry and tag people with (I use 1 foot pieces of a pool noodle, yarn balls, OR rubber rings)
3 Halloween baskets or bags
At least 5 foam dice per basket (15 total)
Halloween 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.  If a player is tagged, they have to "trick or treat" at a "house",  then they may continue to play.

To begin game, select 3 taggers and 3 people to be the "houses".  Taggers begin at one end line.  The "houses" hold the basket of foam dice anywhere along the perimeter of the gym.  Other players begin in free space or on the opposite end line.  The teacher calls out an exercise that will be used when trick or treating (ex. jumping jacks).  When every yells "TRICK OR TREAT", the game begins.

If a player is tagged, they go to a "house" and say "trick or treat".  The "house" person gives the player a dice (a "piece of candy").  The player rolls it on the floor and has to do the number of a given exercise (jumping jacks).  After doing the exercise, they put the dice back in the basket, say "thank you" and continue playing.

Play 2-3 minute games, then stop and choose new taggers and new "houses".  Play Halloween music while students play!  For each new game, call out a different exercise for players to do.  Examples:  Jumping Jacks, Windmills, Sit-Ups, Push-Ups, Mountain Climbers, Leg Lifts, Arm Circles, etc. 

Instead of using foam dice, you could fill the baskets with exercise task cards.

I like to remind students the importance of using good manners and saying "thank you" after trick or treating!

Encourage students to visit a different house each time they are tagged.

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