Running and chasing games give children a chance to burn calories and expend energy. That’s particularly true of this game, which also gives them a chance to develop their problem-solving and cooperation skills. It’s a more challenging game of tag because children have to run while “attached” to someone else, but children love the challenge!
What You Need:
- Nothing — just a group of energetic kids
What You Do:
- Players pair off.
- All but two of the children link arms.
- Of the two without arms linked, one is “It” and the other is the person “It” is going to chase.
- At your signal, everyone starts to run!
- The child whom “It” is chasing tries to hook onto one of the linked pairs.
- If he manages to link his elbow with someone else’s he and the child he’s linked with become a new pair; and the child on the opposite side of them is set free to become the child being chased.
- If “It” tags the child being chased before she can link with someone, she and “It” reverse roles. But, because they’re in such close proximity at this point, an immediate tag-back wouldn’t be fair. So pause the game temporarily, allowing “It” and the “chasee” to separate.
- You then give the signal for everyone to start running again.
If you play this one with the children, you’ll burn calories and get your quota of physical activity, too!