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Foxes and rabbits

First suggested by Boing kids
Can the rabbits stay safely in the warren, or will the foxes catch them out?
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Soft balls
  • Anything to mark a large square on the floor

Learn through play

This activity was created with our friends at Boing Kids. Boing is all about giving children the tools they need to explore the world around them and solve problems in a fun way. They support people to create playful, active, and inclusive spaces that develop children’s physical literacy. Physical literacy means understanding how you interact with the world around you – it involves concepts like reacting to objects, moving creatively, and interacting with other people. 

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Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessmentthat’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here
  • Mark out a large square in the middle of your space. This is your rabbit warren.

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Set up a handwashing station that you can use throughout the session. Everyone should wash their hands before and after they use equipment.
  • Remind everyone to stay socially distanced when moving around in the game. Make sure the rabbit warren is big enough for everyone to spread out.
  • Make sure people clean their hands before using any equipment and again straight afterwards.
  • Only one person should touch the equipment to lay it out at the start. Clean equipment between different users. 
  • Each fox should have their own ball that only they can pick up.

Go hunting

  1. The person leading the game should choose two players to start as foxes. Everyone else should start as a rabbit.
  2. All of the rabbits should spread out in the rabbit warren.
  3. The foxes should get a soft ball each.
  4. The foxes should roll their ball at the feet of a rabbit to catch them. The rabbits should try to dodge the balls.
  5. If a rabbit is hit with a ball below the knee, they should become a fox. They should get their own ball to start catching rabbits with.
  6. The game ends when there are no rabbits left in the warren.

Reflection

Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.