Noodle Tag

Noodle Tag

Age: 
3-5 years, 5-8 years, 8+ years
Participants: 
5+
Time: 
5-10 minutes
Setting: 
School
Cones , Pool Noodles
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Skills

Set Up:

  • Set up a square of cones appropriate for the size of the group
  • Ensure you have at least two cut pool noodles (preferably of different colour; about 50cm in length)

Description:

  • Assign one colour of pool noodle as a ‘tagger’, and the other pool noodle as a hero
  • Children have to run around and avoid the tagger/s, who will be trying to gently tag others with their pool noodle
  • If they are tagged by the tagger, they have to balance on one leg
  • The hero has to run around and free people who are balancing, by gently touching them with their pool noodle
  • Once free, the child will be free to run around again

Variations:

  • Remove heroes to simplify
  • Change the type of locomotion (e.g. Skipping, jumping, hopping)
  • Change the action after being tagged (e.g. star jumps, hopping, etc)

Teaching Points:

Running

  • Hip to lip – arms are bent and travel from a child’s hip to their lip
  • Hands closed lightly – like holding a small bird
  • Eyes up
  • High knees
  • Land on the ball of the foot

Dodging

  • Bend, push & turn
  • Look straight ahead
  • Use only one step to change direction

Balancing

  • Head up
  • Aeroplane arms
  • Eyes looking forward at something ahead of them (eg. Tree)