Chinese Dragon Tag

Get into the spirit of Chinese New Years with your own version of the Dragon Dance

1. Depending upon the size of your group, divide into teams; 6 to 10 players per team is ideal.
2. Place teams at opposing sides of the playing space.
3. Have players line up one in front of the other. The player in the front is the "head" of the dragon, the player at the end is the "tail."
4. Have each player, beginning with the player behind the "head," hold onto the waist of the player in front of them to form a long, linked chain.

How to Play

1. On "Go!" each head leads the attack on the other dragons. The object of the head is to tag the tail of one of the other dragons. The object of the tail is to try to avoid being tagged. The object of the body in between the head and tail is to hang on, follow the leader, and not break apart!
2. Should any dragon break apart at any time, the two halves must freeze. The places where the dragon has broken become a new head and a new tail. The newly formed dragons must count to 5 as a unit before they can begin chasing other dragons. While they are counting to 5 they cannot be attacked by any other dragon.
3. At any time should a dragon head catch another dragon's tail, the game ends, and that dragon is given a great roar of applause!


1. If you don't have a large group of kids, just have the head of the dragon try to catch his own tail.
2. If you end up with too many tiny little dragons you can call out a number (say 7 or 8) and count to 10. While you are counting, the tiny little dragons find other tiny dragons and join together to make a dragon with the number of segments you called out.


1. Make sure everyone is safe -- should anyone fall during play, have everyone freeze until that player is back in position.
2. Encourage the tails to keep moving. Don't get caught!
3. As dragons break apart, encourage them to reform, count to 5, then go -- some teams may need help with this process.

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
10 to 20
Prep Time
No prep time needed!
Space Needed
Large (gym, outdoor field, reception hall)
Team Division
Teamwork! (divide into teams)