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NAME OF ACTIVITY: Tunnel Tag
GRADE LEVEL: Any
HIGHLIGHTS: Evading, Running, bending, twisting, stretching, Any exercise
Select 1 - 3 students to be the "its", depending on your class
size and space. Personally, I have the "its" wear a gold
vest. I keep the "its" near me while the remainder of the
class is given time to scatter about the area. On the signal, the
"its" will attempt to tag the other players. When a player
gets tagged, he/she must use their body to form a tunnel. Some
examples might be: standing with feet spread, hands and feet touching with
body arched, crab walk, one hand and one foot on the ground. Anyway,
encourage the students to be creative. The teacher from whom I
learned this game, would have some students demonstrate tunnels before the
game started. Anyway, back to the game. Once a tagged, they
must freeze in the form of a tunnel. To become unfrozen, another
student must go through their tunnel. Once a player goes through the
tunnel, the frozen player is now freed to rejoin the game.
Personally, I play that when you have been tagged three times you come to
the sidelines, put on a gold vest, and rejoin the game as an
"it". The game ends when all the players are frozen or a
given period of time ends the game.
Stress the importance of safety when going through another players
tunnel. You may also want to add a rule that a player going through
a tunnel cannot be tagged. Personally, I think it is a good idea to
recognize some of the most creative tunnels seen during a game.