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3-14 Years Old


10 Minutes

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Contagious is a game that teaches the importance of good hand washing to prevent the spread of germs and illness.

Start with two players designated as “it” (the contagious germs). The rest of the players spread out in the gym or designated area.

The players that are the germs work to tag the other players. Once another person has been tagged they are considered contagious and become a germ. They either hold hands or link arms with the first germ to become a two-person (germ) team.

This germ team moves around the gym trying to tag or “infect” other players with their germs. Each tagged person becomes part of the growing link of germs.

Once the group of germs has six people, they divide into two groups. The game ends when all players have been caught.

The goal of the game is to stay healthy and free from the germs by moving quickly about the room and avoid being tagged. Emphasize the importance in our daily lives to wash hands regularly to avoid the spread of germs.

Modification Option

Youth who use a wheelchair can also participate! Make it more challenging for the others by having them sit their bottoms on scooters (if available).

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