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Grounders is a playground game that is a cross between Marco Polo and tag.


Grounders is a relatively new game and very little is known about its origins.

Grounders is played in school playgrounds.

How to play
Played on large complicated playground sets, the point of this game is to never touch the ground. Normal rules apply while on the set, but if a non-it player touches the ground, whoever is ‘it’ can shout ‘Grounders’ to tag the person. The ‘it’ person can touch the ground, and in some games may have to close their eyes.

Suggested equipment
- Playground equipment

Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.


Grounders is a very visual game for everyone except for the person who is “it”. In order for everyone to be on equal footing the boundaries should be defined and clearly marked. The person who is “it” yell out a phrase that forces the people playing to yell out their location (similar to Marco, Polo).

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

A form of team tagging could be played where there is an “it” team and a team that is trying to escape them, in this way everyone who is it can continuously look to others to see/confirm the rules Another modification could be to include a helper who gives tips the player throughout the game.

Mobility Limitation

Change the structured area so that it involves little climbing or steps and instead the game is played on an area upon which everyone can move freely.

Benefits of Grounders

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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