Cat and Mouse

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Cat and Mouse

What's involved?

A fun chase game useful as a warm up or movement activity. Develop social play and cooperation.

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What's required?

You need 10 or more players but need an even number e.g. 10,12,14 etc. No equipment is required. Players should agree a set area to stay in to play the game if outside.

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How to play:

One player is chosen to be the 'cat' and another is chosen to be the 'mouse'.

The other children spread out in pairs linking arms and holding out their outside arm like a hook.

The game starts when the cat counts to three and the mouse runs away.

The cat then tries to tag the mouse.

The mouse tries to prevent the cat catching them by swapping places with other children.

To swap places they must hook arms with a player in one of the pairs. Immediately the child at the other side of the pair becomes the mouse and has to escape.

The cat now chases the new mouse.

The new mouse can now also find another pair to hook on to.

The game ends when a mouse is caught.

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Variations:

Using a smaller defined area that the game is played in. This can make it easier for the cat to catch a mouse.

Adding a three second rule. The cat must stand still and count to three every time the mouse changes. This tends to make it harder for the cat to catch the mouse.

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Cat and Mouse

Cat and Mouse

A printable version of this game.

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