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In this activity, learners play an active version of freeze tag based on predator/prey relationships. "Prey" players must try to collect three food tokens by moving from the shelter area to the food source and back in order to survive. Meanwhile, predator players try to tag prey. This game can be played outdoors or even in the shallow end of a large swimming pool.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Food token pieces
  • 2 gym vests
  • 10 red bandannas
  • 5 15-ft. pieces of rope
  • Whistle


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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