The Thicket Game



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Can the Rabbit Spot the Ocelot?

If you have to catch your dinner, or keep from being dinner, you need to learn to hide and seek! In the past, the South Texas Plains had many thick shrubs, grassland and brushy plants. This provided shelter and protective cover for the animals of the region, especially a large wild cat called an ocelot. Ocelots hunt rabbits, small rodents, and birds. As people mowed down the brush, the ocelots became more scarce.

What You Need:

  • Blindfolds
  • Outdoor area, like a thicket or vegetated area. If not possible use a playground with two kids grouped together to represent shrubs or vegetation.


  1. Go outside for this game!
  2. Blindfold one person who will be the "prey" (rabbit, rodent, etc.). Some kids should be ocelots. And some kids must be shrubs and brush!
  3. The "prey" slowly counts to 20 while the ocelots hide behind the "brush." The hiding ocelots must be able to see some part of the prey at all times.
  4. After counting the prey takes the blindfold off and looks for predators. The prey can turn around, squat and stand on tiptoe, but not walk or change location.
  5. The prey looks for as many ocelots as possible and calls them out by location.
  6. All of the identified ocelots come out from hiding and join the original prey. They will become prey when the next round starts.
  7. When ready to begin another round, all prey put on blindfolds. All prey should stay close together and repeat the first round.
  8. This time, while the prey is counting to 20 again, all the ocelots must move closer to the prey and hide.
  9. All the prey remove their blindfolds and staying in their places, take turns looking for the hiding ocelots.
  10. Keep playing until only one or two ocelots are left. They are the winners!

Think About It!

Why were these ocelots successful? What happens if people remove more brush?