Fall Outdoor Game – Fox and Hen

It’s officially fall! If you doubt this, take a look outside at all the leaves falling from the trees. I was actually surprised to see my entire yard covered just yesterday. Of course since there’s leaves everywhere, the kids are just DYING to play in them.

When I was a kid we have a cool game we use to play either in the leaves or in the snow. Let’s hope we don’t have any snow to play in anytime soon (I don’t much care for shoveling!), so for now this game can be played in the leaves.  It’s called Fox & Hen, and was actually taught to me by my mother. It could be they made up this game themselves, but who knows.

The idea of the game is pretty simple. All you do is take a rake (or you can shuffle around using your feet) and make several paths. Be sure to make it like a maze, with twists, turns, and dead ends. Mom or dad might want to do this part, so kids don’t see the “right” way.

Once the maze in the yard is finished, it’s time to play. One person is the “fox” and the rest are the “hens”. The “fox” must catch the “hen” within the maze. It’s sort of like tag, except you have to keep on the path.

The full description and rules can be seen on our page for fun outdoor games for kids. You’ll also find some additional games for toddlers and older children too.

Now if it would just stop raining, we could go outside and play in those leaves without getting soaked!


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