Snow Footprint Tag

Summary: Snow Footprint Tag is a game of tag played with only two players, and obviously in the snow.

Ages: Kids of all ages

Recommended Number of Players:
Two

Equipment:
Fresh snow is required to play

Set Up:
Establish a start and a finish. This can be as simple as begin at the back of the car and end at the tree.

Basic Definition of "IT":
When discussing "IT" while playing most forms of tag, "IT" refers to the player who must do the chasing, tagging and/or catching.

Basic Definition of "Tag" or "Catch":
When "IT" touches another player in the manner specified by the variation of the game, that player is then considered "Tagged" or "Caught" and must act in accordance with this variation of basic Tag.

How to Play Snow Footprint Tag:
IT must wait at the starting line while giving the other player one or two seconds as a head start toward the finish line. Then IT must travel in the footprints of the player heis chasing. The object is for IT to catch up to the other player before they arrive at the finish. The other player is to try and wiggle and swerve and make quick turns so the IT can't catch them and possibly make IT fall over a couple times in the path.

Winner:
If IT hasn't caught the other player, then have the players begin at the finish and head toward the start. Then switch who is playing IT and continue play.

For Adults Playing Tag with their Children:

I read this great article entitled Play TAG with Your Kids: Tips to Ensure Positive Competitive Experiences from the "Ohio State University Extension - Fact Sheet."

The article doesn't focus on the game of tag, but rather on to teach your child about competition. It gives great examples of questions you can ask your children after certain activities and then how to interpret their answers. It is a three page article and a fairly long read, but the final paragraph sums it up.

Let the Fun Begin
In this game of TAG the parent is “it,” trying to help their child learn and have fun. Target individual needs. You are the expert concerning your child’s unique needs. Ask and observe as a way of monitoring the activity. Good communication can prevent undue stress for your child. Most of all, give positive feedback. By targeting your child’s needs and learning how they perceive the activity, you will be better equipped to support them in the ways they need as individuals. So get busy playing TAG, and your child will get busy enjoying life through competition.

Play TAG with your Kids: Tips to Ensure Positive Competitve Experiences


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