Hare and Hounds

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Hare and Hounds
Type: tag game
Number of players: about 10 to 20
Location: standing in a circle
Equipment: none
Duration: arbitrary (a few minutes)
Preparation: none

Hare and Hounds is a tag game in a circle.


You don't need any equipment to play this game.


The players are standing in a circle, holding their hands. Two players are selected to be the hare and the hound (when many players are available, more than one hound can be selected). The hare is standing inside the circle, while the hound is outside.

When the game starts, the hound tries to tag the hare. While the hound must say outside of the circle, the hare may step inside the circle to get away from the hound. However, it must get out of the circle as soon as possible, and it may only step into the circle when to players let it step inside by raising their arms.

Once the hare has been tagged by the hound, both switch roles. After some time, two new players are selected to be hare and hound.