Community Level 1 – Acquainted

Materials: Large, rectangular, outdoor space marked with game boundaries

How To Play: The octopus (the tagger) stands in the middle of the
rectangle. All other players stand at one end of the rectangle. The
octopus says, “Octopus Garden!” and everyone tries to power walk to the
other end without getting tagged. When tagged by the octopus, the
player stands where he was tagged and helps tag players as they come by
without moving from his spot. When all the players have reached the
opposite side of the rectangle, the octopus again says, “Octopus
Garden!” and the players try to get back to the other side avoiding the
octopus and the tagged players.

Plan for Success:
Model and practice safe tagging (shoulders, back, arms) and the
Tagger’s Choice rule (if the tagger says he got you, he did). Model and
practice the power walk. Plan with students how and when a new octopus
will be chosen.