Animal Athletes: Fox and Rabbits
Ages: 5 and up
This game of chase is played around a central element such as a house or other structure. Boundaries are also needed outside the ‘track’ area. A ‘base’ must be determined.
- A fox is chosen to be “It.” The remaining players are the rabbits.
- Starting on base, with their eyes hidden, the rabbits count from 1 to 12 by reciting “1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock…Midnight! I hope we don’t see the fox tonight.” While the rabbits are counting, the fox finds a hiding place within the outer boundary limits.
- When the rabbits are finished counting, they begin to run around the house on the “track.” At any time, the fox can come out from hiding to try to catch a rabbit before the rabbit returns to base.
- If a rabbit is caught, he becomes the new fox in the next round. If no rabbit is caught, the game continues with the same fox until a rabbit is caught.
Tips: The rabbits may choose to work together to develop a strategy against the fox. This game is fun to play outside just before dark.