SPARKLERS / Kindness & friendship

Compliment Tag

An energising game of compliment giving and receiving.
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Why we love it

Giving and connecting with others are great ways to boost our wellbeing.

This activity gives tamariki the chance to practice giving and receiving compliments in a fun, energetic, ‘low-pressure’ way.

As well as giving each child an awesome self-esteem boost, this activity will remind students to be kind and compliment others.

Tikanga tips

Just in case, it might be wise to let your tamariki know to avoid touching another person’s head when they tag them. The head is tapu.


We’d suggest completing our Compliment poster activity before playing this game, to help tamariki understand and practice giving compliments.

And before playing, you may like to revisit:

  • What is a compliment? Saying nice things.
  • What sorts of things could we compliment?
    - Something someone is good at
    - Something you like about their personality
    - Something that makes them fun
    - Something that makes them one-of-a-kind

How to play

In the classroom, revisit our compliments kōrero (above) then head outside!

To play the game:

  • Start by nominating 1-2 people to be ‘in’.
  • When someone is tagged he/she must stay frozen on the spot, with their arms and legs wide (like a star) until someone gives them a compliment.
  • To ensure no-one stands like this for long, you could say that the person closest to them must leap in and do it.
  • Before the person can move, they must listen to the compliment, give the person a high-five and say ‘Thanks!’.
  • To give both parties time to get away, say that players cannot be tagged during the compliment or for three seconds afterwards.

Keen for more?

Make Compliment posters or try our Everyday kindness activity.

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