Fox and the Rabbit

  1. Cooperative Games
  2. Indoor Game
  3. Readiness Games
  4. Recess Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • Dodgeballs

  • Less Than 10 minutes

Development Goal

To develop cooperation and strategic thinking.

Skills Practiced: Awareness and tactile development.

Before You Start

  • Equipment Needed: Two balls of different size and/or color.
  • Have the group form a circle.
  • Hand the balls out to two people on opposite sides of the circle.
  • Designate which ball is the fox and which one is the rabbit.
  • Explain that each ball is like a hot potato and should not be held for more than one second.

How to Play

  • The object of the game is for the fox to catch the rabbit.
  • Both the fox and the rabbit move by being passed (not thrown) around the circle in any direction.
  • If a student is holding the fox they should pass the ball to the person next to them, whomever is closer to the rabbit. Those players holding the rabbit should pass to someone farther away from the fox.
  • When the fox catches the rabbit start a new round.


  • For younger groups start, with a Hot Potato warm up, giving them the basic idea of how to receive the ball and get rid of it quickly.
  • If the group can’t catch the rabbit, add an extra fox to the game.
  • Add multiple balls and see if they can cross over each other.