How to Play Caterpillar Tag:
- Before the party, mark two goal lines across from each other using string, masking tape or spray paint, if you'll be playing in a grassy area.
- The goal lines should be fairly close together (i.e. no more than 20' apart).
- You may need to adjust the distance for the age of the children.
- Also, you can move the lines closer to each other if you find that the participants are getting too tired during the game.
- At the party, pick one player to be the "caterpillar," and have this player stand in the middle of the playing area (i.e. the area between the two goal lines).
- The rest of the players are the "bugs" and should line up behind one of the goal lines.
- To start the game, the caterpillar yells, "Go!"
- All of the other players must then try to run across to the other goal line without being tagged by the caterpillar.
- If the caterpillar tags a bug, the bug becomes part of the caterpillar during the next round and must hold hands with the caterpillar to extend its reach.
- Play continues until there is a chain of children trying to catch the last few bugs.
- The last bug remaining is the winner and gets to be the caterpillar for the next round.