Cat and Mouse

  1. Indoor Game
  2. Recess Games
  3. Rotational Games
  • Any Size

  • Ages 3-5

  • Jump Ropes

  • Less Than 10 minutes

In Cat and Mouse, jump rope skills become a matter of survival. This game combines jump rope and tag to keep all players moving through the rope. Players run and jump in a figure eight then get back in line; the goal of the mouse is to jump without getting tagged; the goal of the cat is to jump and the tag the mouse.

Development Goal

To develop eye-foot coordination.

Before You Start

  • Review how to safely jump into a spinning jump rope.
  • Review how to tag softly–like a butterfly–on the shoulds, upper arms or back.
  • Pick two players to turn the rope.
  • Pick one person to begin as the cat and one person to begin as the mouse. Everyone else remains in line and waits for their turn.
  • Review how players will rotate roles. A person many rotate roles in the following order: cat, mouse, rope turner, roper turner, in line.
  • Demonstrated how to play.

Set Up

  • Pick a space that will allow a large jump rope to spin safely, room for player to run around the rope and a nearby line.

How to Play

  • Players will travel in a figure eight, jumping into the rope one time, then around the turner, back into the rope one time and around the other turner.
  • The mouse begins.
  • Once the mouse has jumped out of the rope around the first turner, the cat may jump.
  • The object of the game is for the mouse to not be tagged and for the cat to tag the mouse.
  • If the cat tags the mouse, everybody rotates.
  • If the mouse misses a jump, everybody rotates.
  • If the cat misses a jump, everybody rotates


  • Allow the cat and mouse to run through the rope instead of jumping once.
  • Require the cat and mouse to jump two times (or more) before running out of the rope.