What is Tag?


Tag is a childhood game that is simple to learn and easy to play. It is a game that requires no equipment and can be played anywhere. Tag is typically played outside by children, and oftentimes takes place during recess at school. For the game tag, you need at least three people. It is an activity that requires running and chasing after the other players.


Tag has evolved from games played throughout history. 2nd-century Greek writer Julius Pollux documented a game where two teams determined who would chase the other by flipping a shell.

Another version of tag had origins in central Europe, a game known as “black peter.” In Great Britain, it was called “wall-to-wall,” and in the United States, it was known as “pom-pom-pull away.” Players would run from one safe zone to another and try to avoid being tagged by opponents.

How To Play

Tag requires at least three people and has no limit to the number of players. It starts with having one person that is “it.” Whoever is “it” has the goal to touch or tag another person. Once whoever is “it” tags another person, then that person who was tagged is now “it.”

A way people can play this game is by having a safe zone. The safe zones are areas where the players who are not “it” are safe from being tagged.


In the game of tag if you are the player that is “it,” your goal is to tag another player. You will be able to do this by outrunning the other players and being sneaky. If you have a hard time tagging the other players, it might be helpful to find a hiding spot and tag them when they are least expecting it.

The objective of the game is to avoid getting tagged by the person that is “it.” It‘s important to be aware of your surroundings and other player’s locations. To avoid getting tagged, try to be as sneaky and stealthy as possible.


Here are the most helpful tag strategies:

  • Find hiding spots that keep you hidden but also give you the ability to see anyone coming.
  • When you are not “it,” try to group with others. By doing this, your odds of getting tagged are smaller, since those near you have a chance of also being tagged.
  • Avoid making any noise. Whoever is “it” will use any noise they hear to try and locate you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. It will help you in case the player who is “it” is close by or tries to sneak up and tag you.


Here is the common lingo and slang in tag:

  • It: Used to describe a person that has the responsibility of tagging other players in the game.
  • Safe Zone: A safe zone is either an area, object, or space that represents where someone who is “it” cannot tag other players.
  • Tagged: When a player is tagged, they become “it.”

Hiding Spots for Tag

hiding spots for tag

In tag, having a good hiding spot is important to avoid being tagged. Here are some good hiding spots for tag:

  • Behind a tree
  • In bushes or tall grass
  • Behind a building or house
  • In a cabinet
  • Behind a curtain


How does a person become “it” first?

There is no specific way to pick someone that is “it” first. A player volunteers themselves or others to go first. The game is played in rounds and, each time a round ends, the last person that was “it” will be “it” for the next round.

Are there any variations of tag?

Yes, there are many variations of tag. The most common variation of tag is known as freeze tag. To play freeze tag, you need a minimum of 3-4 people. Whoever is “it” has the goal of tagging other players. Once another player has been tagged they are frozen, which  means they are unable to move. If a player who is not frozen tags a frozen player, then the player that was frozen can move again. In freeze tag, the goal of the game is for the person that is “it” to have tagged every player.

Where can you play tag?

You can play tag anywhere. People usually play outside so there’s plenty of room to be able to run and chase after each other. Outside is easier to run and chase players, but when playing inside it is easier to find hiding spots and avoid getting tagged by a player that is “it”.