Tail Grab

5 December 2008 — 4 Comments


This is a really simple and silly game that is a lot of fun for children, young people and adults alike!

Numbers: groups of 10 or over.
Suitable for: ages 5 and up!
Preparation time: 5-10 mins
Venue: any large room or hall
Safety First: watch out for people running into each other, and be aware of the potential for accidental touching of other people’s bottoms!
Equipment needed:

  • strips of paper! (A4 length, 30cm by 5cm should be fine)

The game:
Hand out a strip of paper to every person playing the game. Each individual should fold over a few centimetres of the paper and tuck it into their waistband at the back so that the rest of the paper hangs down their backside and looks like a tail. For those with no waistband, the neckline (back of a t-shirt) should work fine. It might be worth checking the tails before play begins as some participants may cheat and tuck the majority of their tail into their waistband!

When the game starts, all players must run around trying to grab as many tails from others as possible, whilst defending their own. When a tail is grabbed and removed, the player that loses their tail must go and sit out for the remainder of the game. All players should hold on to any tails they collect even when they are ‘out’.

The aim of the game is to stay in as long as possible, with the last remaining person announced the winner. The person with the most collected tails could also receive a runner-up or bonus prize.

Jon

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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

4 responses to Tail Grab

  1. Great game. We do the same thing, but use clothes pins. And, that one works good in reverse, too. Give every kid 2 clothes pins. The object of the game is to put get them off yourself and put them on other people. The person with the fewest wins. The person with the most loses. If you can get on stuck the someone’s shirt in the middle of their back, it’s almost impossible to reach.

  2. Great game. We do the same thing, but use clothes pins. And, that one works good in reverse, too. Give every kid 2 clothes pins. The object of the game is to put get them off yourself and put them on other people. The person with the fewest wins. The person with the most loses. If you can get on stuck the someone’s shirt in the middle of their back, it’s almost impossible to reach.

  3. Thanks Chris, that’s a great variation that I’ve seen done but never tried myself. I think I’ll give it a go next week! 😉

  4. Thanks Chris, that’s a great variation that I’ve seen done but never tried myself. I think I’ll give it a go next week! 😉

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