Fox in the Henhouse

The fox in the Henhouse game

The Fox in the Henhouse game is a group game that involves players standing in a circle and one player being chosen as the Fox and another player being chosen as the Hen. The goal of the game is for the blindfolded Fox to tag the Hen. The game can be played with different variations to make it more challenging or exciting, such as blindfolding both the Fox and the Hen, changing the size of the circle, or adding obstacles. It is a fun and interactive game that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike and can be played outdoors as well as indoors.
So let’s get started! Who wants to be the Fox and who wants to be the Hen? Remember, work together and have fun!

Game sheet

  • Number of players: from 8 children
  • Ages: from 6 years old
  • Supplies: A blindfold
  • Played indoors or outdoors
  • Play time: about 20 min


Players stand in a circle. One player is chosen to be the Fox and another is chosen to be the Hen. Both go into the center of the circle. The Fox is blindfolded.

The Fox in the Henhouse game Rules

The players in the circle can help the Fox find the Hen by making a clicking noise with their tongue. They are not allowed to talk. The Fox moves around the circle with arms outstretched, trying to tag the Hen. The Hen can move around the circle freely, but must stay inside the circle.

If the Fox tags the Hen, the players switch roles for the next round. If the Hen manages to avoid being tagged for a set amount of time, they get to choose a new Hen and Fox for the next round.


  • Blindfold both the Fox and the Hen: This makes it more challenging for both players and adds a new level of excitement to the game.
  • Use different sounds to help the players: Players can choose to help the Fox by clicking to indicate where the Hen is, or they can help the Hen by making whooshing noises to indicate where the Fox is not.
  • Add a time limit: Set a time limit for how long the Fox can try to tag the Hen before switching roles. This can make the game more fast-paced and prevent it from dragging on too long.
  • Change the size of the circle: Make the circle bigger or smaller to make the game easier or harder for the players. You can also add obstacles to make it more challenging for the Hen to avoid being tagged.
  • Play with multiple Foxes and Hens: Add more players to the center of the circle and have multiple Foxes and Hens trying to tag each other. This can make the game more chaotic and require more teamwork from the players in the circle to help the Foxes find their Hens.

The educational advantages of the Fox in the Henhouse game

  • generate fun atmosphere
  • Promotes teamwork: The game requires players in the circle to work together to help the blindfolded Fox find the Hen, which can encourage teamwork and collaboration.
  • Develops communication skills: Players cannot talk during the game, so they must rely on nonverbal cues, such as clicking or whooshing noises, to communicate with each other. This can help develop communication skills and promote active listening.
  • Improves spatial awareness: The blindfolded Fox must navigate around the circle with their arms outstretched, relying on sound and touch to find the Hen. This can help improve spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination.
  • Enhances problem-solving skills: The game can be challenging for both the Fox and the Hen, requiring them to think creatively to avoid being tagged or to successfully tag the Hen. This can help develop problem-solving skills and encourage critical thinking.
  • Encourages physical activity: The game involves movement and physical activity, which can be a fun way to get kids and adults moving and burn off excess energy.

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