Octopus TagOctopus Tag Rules

If you’ve never played Octopus Tag, now is the time to try this fun outdoor game. It can be played by all ages and even the adults can have fun. A great family game for all ages.  It’s a great game for family get-togethers or for a party game.

For additional fun, especially for a party, make a hat with streamers for the Octopus player to wear.  You could also give the fish some type of “fin to wear and make foam pincers for the crabs.

Outdoor games

Items needed:

  • You just need a good grassy area to play this game.
  • Set up a pretend “rectangular “Ocean”.
  • A good way to determine how wide to make the ocean is to have all players stand in a line, holding hands, then spread out and the furthest ends will be boundary lines.
  • Mark these sidelines with a marker of some sort.
  • Optional:  a fun hat for the Octopus to wear.

 octopus tag game


  1. Determine who will be the first Octopus, as they will start in the center of the Ocean.
  2. All other players are Fish.  Fish line up at one end of the ocean and the Octopus calls out “I am the Octopus, full of black potion – Let’s see if you can cross my Ocean!”
  3. The Fish then try to swim (run) across the ocean and the Octopus tries to tag them. If tagged before reaching the other side of the Ocean (which is marked) then they become Crabs on the ocean floor.  Crabs must stay where they were tagged, leaving one foot planted as they try to also Tag players running by.  Any player tagged also becomes a Crab.
  4. Each time players reach the other side of the Ocean, the Octopus and Crabs say the chant again and the players try to cross the Ocean again.
  5. Last Fish tagged becomes the new Octopus.

Outdoor activity games for kids

Octopus tag game for camp

Sharon Pierce McCullough

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