Choose two of the class to be cats, everyone else is a mouse and wears a tail (coloured band) on the back of their shorts.
The mice run around and the cats try to catch them by pulling the tails out. Make sure tails are showing before starting and ask cats to collect tails that they pull out so that no one slips on them.
Count the tails at the end, and the cat with the most tails is the winner!
An alternative version has been suggested by Jenny Bull:
Cat and Mouse
Equipment needed – coloured bands or bibs
This can be played anywhere but a large space is better.
Choose 3 or 4 students from the class to be the catchers or the ‘cats’ and send them to the end of the hall/ playground to ‘sleep’. Give each of the remaining students a coloured band or bib to tuck into the back of their shorts (to be their mousetails). Shout ‘wake up cats’. They then chase the mice and try to catch their tails. The cats have to catch as many tails as they can until they are all gone. When a mouse loses their tail, they have to sit down.
– Reduce or increase the number of mice.
– Allow all of the students to be cats and mice at the same time. They all have to chase each other and catch as many tails as they can. If they lose their tail they can still continue to catch other tails. The winner is the one with the most tails. This means that all students are active throughout the activity.