Safe Circles


Safe Circles is a variant of tag where the children run at a high-intensity pace to avoid being tagged or to tag other children.


  1. Mark out a play area and place two or three hula hoops on the ground/floor.
  2. The hoops are a safe area, but the children cannot stay their for more than a few seconds (for example, until they count to five).
  3. The tagger tries to tag one of the other children (the tagger cannot wait near the hula hoops).
  4. When a child is tagged, he/she becomes the tagger.


  • The game can be varied by playing tag in pairs.


Hula hoops


0 - 2 years
3 - 5 years


Large space
Small space

Motor skills

Learning areas

Activity type