Fox Hunt/Squirrel Scramble

  1. Tag Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 3-5

  • Cones

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To develop evasion skills and strategy.

Before You Start

  • You need players to be trees, players to be squirrels (half of tree total plus a few) and a few players to be the foxes.
  • For a group of 22, assign 12 kids to be trees.
  • Each of those players will pair up with another to be one tree, which will give you 6 trees.
  • There will be 8 squirrels. This is to create the problem of not enough trees for all the squirrels.
  • There are also two foxes to catch those loose squirrels.
  • For a group of 40, have 22 kids be trees giving you 11 trees, 14 squirrels, and 4 foxes.
  • Demonstrate safe tagging

Set Up

Establish boundaries.

How to Play

  • The trees go out into the play area first.
  • Two people become a tree by standing face to face and holding hands with arms raised over their heads.
  • Once the trees are into position, you send the squirrels out to find a home.
  • A squirrel must stand underneath the raised arms to be in a tree.
  • If a squirrel has no home he or she goes to another squirrels home and taps them on the shoulder.
  • That squirrel must leave the home out the other side of the tree and find a new home.
  • Give the squirrels a few minutes of establishing a cycle of tree swapping.
  • Once this has been done, send in the foxes and they are to tag any loose squirrels.
  • Those squirrels tagged either wait until the next round of play or do an exercise (jumping jacks, push-ups, etc.)
  • After a few squirrels are tagged, start to take away (cut down) trees thus making the game more challenging.