Dragon Tag

Summary: A high-energy twist on traditional tag, involving teamwork and leadership.


  • Bandannas or towels (consider using flag football belts if available)


  1. Split the group into teams of two. Have each team form a “dragon” by making a single file line with each player holding onto the waist or shoulders of the player in front of them. The person in the back of each dragon wears the “dragon tail” by tucking a bandanna into their back pocket or belt loop.
  2. Explain that the head of each dragon (the person in the front) should try to grab the tail of the other dragons. When a dragon tail is captured, the dragons must combine to form one longer dragon with the last person still wearing the tail. Consider pausing the game when two dragons are combining so it doesn’t get too out of hand.
  3. Have the dragon spread out before beginning the game. Once all the dragons have combined into one big dragon, the game is over.

Debrief Questions:

  • Was it harder to be the head of the dragon, the tail of the dragon, or part of the body? Why?
  • What could the head do to make the game easier?
  • How did it feel when your dragon was captured? What did that mean for your team?

Activity Length: Short (<15 minutes)

Energy Level: High

Grade Level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Group SizeLarge (10+)