How to Play Wolves and Rabbits

Wolves and Rabbits is a great group game that promises hours of active fun. It works perfectly as an icebreaker, since the kids will have to start interacting with each other. This game activity can boost up kids responding actions and physical development.

Children love the game “Wolves and Rabbits” because unlike other classic games like “Duck, Duck, Goose” all kids are active and playing at the same time. Instead of having most of them sitting and waiting for their turn.

Features of the Wolves and Rabbits Game

 ★  Game Name Wolves and Rabbits
 ★  Group size medium to large
 ★  Age kids and teens
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill running 
 ★  Place outdoor or indoor (gym)
★  Time up to 5 – 15 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials no

Aim of the Game

This is a tag-like game that gets kids moving and having fun while improving speed, coordination, and change of directions.

On the whistle, the Rabbits run to the opposite side with the Wolves standing in front of them and chasing them. The last two Rabbits have to be the next “Wolves”.

Group Size and Age

Wolves and Rabbits game is best played when you have medium or large groups of players. Extra-larger groups are also welcome.

The game can be played by anyone from the ages 6 and above, however, younger children may require adult supervision for safety. 

Preparation and Materials

Unlike most group games, Wolves and Rabbits is best played when you are outdoors or in a gym, so kids can run around freely.

Other then that, you do not need any special materials to play this game. Basically, the whole group can hop in and start playing right away! If needed, you can use any object around you to limit the playing field.

Always remember to remove any sharp or unsafe objects around before playing to avoid someone stepping on them accidentally. 

How to Play Wolves and Rabbits

  1. Pick 2 players to start, these players are called the “Wolves”.
  2. Line up the rest of the group at opposite baselines apart from two players who are Wolves. 
  3. Wolves stand in the middle of the room. 
  4. Once the Wolves say “Run, rabbits, run!”, the Rabbits start running to the other side of the room and touch the wall. The players who are Wolves have to try to tap as many Rabbits as possible as they run across the room.
  5. Any tagged Rabbit has to sit down in the spot they were caught. 
  6. Repeat step 4.
  7. The game continues until there are only two Rabbits that haven’t been caught. These two players then become the next Wolves and round 2 begins!

Alternative Variations “Werewolves and Rabbits”.

The Wolves and Rabbits game is very easy to modify.

For example “Werewolves and Rabbits”. This game can be especially great if some players are significantly faster than others, making them really hard to catch.

The principle is the same. The only difference is that any tagged Rabbit also becomes a Werewolf and joins the hunt.

The game also continues until there are only two Rabbits that haven’t been caught. These two players then become the next Werewolves.

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