You’ve probably played this game before – or at least a variation of it.  It’s a classic at every gym I’ve ever worked at.

Here is a video explanation of Octopus by PhyEd Games:


  • play elimination style – once you get tagged, sit off to the side and watch (recommended when you have lots of kids in a tiny space)
  • link elbows with the person who tagged you, instead of sitting to become an octopus/seaweed.
  • only call a certain group across at a time (i.e. if you are 5 years old or if you are wearing a pony tail…etc.)