The Power of Parenting

Monday, 18 May 2020

New Activity: Hug Tag

It takes time for young children to develop skills for playing organized games with rules. Hug Tag is a co-operative game that can help your child to learn to take turns and play fair in a gentle way. Here are some Comfort, Play & Teach™ ideas for making this game fun!


Invite a few of your child’s friends over to play. Explain that Hug Tag is a chasing game. One child will be “it” (the chaser) and it is their job to catch their friends. When a person is caught they must stand still (or “freeze”) until another friend gently hugs them, to “unfreeze” them. They can then run around until they get caught again. Children can take turns being “it”.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:


  • Playing a game that encourages children to hug and be gentle with each other will help your child to develop his friendships and to learn appropriate ways to show affection for others.



  • Co-operative games like Hug Tag provide a way for children to play a game together simply to enjoy each other’s company. Children do not need to worry about who is going to be the winner because co-operative games let everybody win.



  • Simple games like Hug Tag introduce children to games with rules. They encourage children to understand concepts like fairness, helping others and taking turns.