Game Details

Octopus Tag

How to Play

Pretend the play area is an ocean.

Choose 1 player to be the Octopus.

The other players line up at 1 end of the ocean. They are the Fish.

The Octopus stands in the middle of the ocean and calls out OCTOPUS.

The Fish try to run across the ocean as the Octopus tries to tag them. If tagged, the Fish become Seaweed. Keeping 1 foot planted, Seaweed try to reach out and tag the Fish running by, turning those players into Seaweed as well.

Once the Fish reach the other side, the Octopus calls out OCTOPUS a second time and the crossing contest starts again.

The game continues until all the Fish become Seaweed. The last Fish tagged becomes the new Octopus.

Change the Fun

When a Fish is tagged, he becomes a tentacle and has to hold hands with the Octopus, working with him to tag the other Fish. Break larger groups into pairs once the Octopus reaches 4 players.

Have the Octopus call out, “I AM THE OCTOPUS, KING/QUEEN OF ALL MOTION. LET’S SEE IF YOU CAN CROSS MY OCEAN.”

Team smaller children with a faster player to create a 2-person Octopus in order to give slower/smaller children a chance to be the Octopus.

Divide players into 2 teams. Each team lines up opposite the other. The winning team is the 1 with the last player left.