How to Play Shadow Tag (Outdoor group games)

On a bright and sunny day, there’s nothing better than to head out to the fields for a group game of Shadow Tag. Shadow Tag is a game that gets your players actively running about and guarantees you hours of fun in the sun.

This is yet another great ice breaker game that can be really full of fun and activities.

Features of the Shadow Tag Game

 ★  Game Name Shadow Tag
 ★  Group size any
 ★  Age kids (6+) and teens
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill reaction / running 
 ★  Place outdoor
 ★  Time up to 10 – 20 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials no

The aim of the Game

The goal of Shadow Tag is to be the first player to tag your opponent with your shadow. Depending on the time this is played, it can be tough to control where your shadow moves. Shadow Tag is a great way to teach children about the direction of the sunrise and sunset.

Ideal Age and Group Sizes

Shadow Tag is a group game that is suitable to be played between 4 to 12 people. You may consider separating everyone into different groups to play simultaneously if you have a larger group. Shadow Tag is a group game that’s suitable to be played by anyone aged 6 and up.

Preparation and Needed Materials

The best thing about Shadow Tag is that you don’t have to prepare anything ahead. The game highly depends on how strong the sunlight is and may not be suitable to be played on a rainy day. You’ll also have to stay outdoors for Shadow Tag, so being on a wide-open field would make the gameplay easier.

How to play Shadow Tag Game

To play Shadow Tag, you’ll have to first split your group into teams, preferably into even numbers. If there are only 2 players, you’ll go head to head with each other. To turn Shadow Tag into the ideal icebreaker game, it’s recommended to put players into teams at random.

Step 1: Start the game by having your players stand on either side of the field. Depending on the time of the day, your players will have to gauge where their shadow falls – front or back.

Step 2: Set the timer for a minute (or more if you have more players) and let your players run around the field. The goal is for your shadow to catch up to another players’ shadow, allowing them to tag one another.

Step 3: The first player whose shadow tags another player will receive a point. If there are only 2 players, the first player to get to 5 points or has the most points at the end of the minute wins. If you’re playing as a group, the group that tags the most players from the opposing team wins.