How to play mouse trap a great indoor recess game!

Without equipment or much space, indoor games can be challenging. Today we have a fun one for you with a cat and mice. The Game of the Week is Mouse Trap!

Group Size:

 Large group (10 or more)

Age Group:

Grades 2-5

Length of Activity:

Under 10 minutes

Developmental Goal:

To develop cooperation, teamwork and strategic thinking.



Before You Start:
  • Choose six students make a “trap” by making a circle holding hands.
  • Remind students to be aware of others around them.
How To Play:
  • One child is a “cat” with his or her back to the circle, but part of the circle.
  • All other students are mice going in and out of the “trap.”
  • When the cat yells “snap!”, the arms of the trap goes down to catch mice.
  • The caught mice then become part of the “trap”.
  • When only one student is left, the game ends and s/he become the cat for the next round.

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