Octopus group game

A great source of tried and tested ideas is the ChildrensMinistry.com online magazine.  You can sign up for their email newsletter and get loads of helpful and relevant information.

This week they flagged up a group  game for 6-12 year olds. Octopus is fun to play, especially as when a child is “out” he is also “in”.

Here’s how it works:

What to do: Create two home bases on either end of a large play area. Choose someone to be the Octopus. Have all the other children start on one home base. Once kids leave home base, they have to get to the other base before getting tagged by the Octopus. When kids are tagged, they join hands with the Octopus. The Octopus works together to catch other kids.

Once an Octopus has six people, it breaks in two. Play until all children have been tagged.

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2 thoughts on “Octopus group game

  1. Courtney

    Great game! I believe I’ve used a version of the game before, but I love the idea of the octopus breaking off into two groups!

  2. Lin

    I agree, Courtney. It’s the way it breaks up that makes it different and more fun. I think there is a safety benefit here, too. In other similar “chain tig” type games, the chain of kids can get long and if a little child is on the end they can get “whiplashed” faster than their feet can carry them, and be pulled over.

    This game was flagged up as for ages 6-12 and I think even the wee ones couldenjoy this safely.

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