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Ed. Note: I didn't include this game as a pure 'Tag' game, even though it's in the title. That is simply because Tag by definition only can have one 'It' person at a time.
One person stands in the middle of the boundary area, in our case it was the gym. The rest of the kids line up at an end of the bounds and when the tagger says go they all run to the other side of the bounds. Whoever the tagger tags then has to stay and help him, except that the additional people that are tagged have to sit down, and can only help "It" by using their arms. This goes back and forth until your down to the last person who then starts the next round. This game is fun when played with a lot of kids.
Contributed by Mary Vander Lugt
When I was in "grammar" school, 1930s in New England, we played a game we
called "Hill Dill". It was nearly identical to what you list as "Octopus Tag".