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Pull the Rabbit from the Hat Game

Pull the Rabbit from the Hat

Here's a great adaptation of the old fishing game. It's perfect for kids 5 and under, and is a great way to introduce prizes. Instead of doing all the prep ahead of time, you might consider having the children make their own paper rabbits, or colour in pre-cut-out rabbits. This will add a nice arts and crafts section to the party. 


  • A Black Hat
  • Crayons or markers
  • Several Metal Paperclips
  • A Magic Wand
  • A String
  • A Small Magnet
  • One piece of white paper
  • Scissors

Get Ready:

  1. Fold a piece of paper into thirds length-wise, then fold the same paper into thirds width-wise. You will have 9 squares.
  2. Draw a picture of the same rabbit head in each square.
  3. Colour each rabbit a different colour and leave one white.
  4. Cut the paper into 9 squares along the folds.
  5. Secure a paperclip to each rabbit.
  6. Drop the rabbits into the hat.
  7. Tie one end of the string to the magnet
  8. Tie the other end of the string to the magic wand.

How to Play:

  1. Have kids take turns dipping the magnet hanging from the wand into the hat.  Tell them to move it around and “fish” for the rabbits.
  2. At the end of each child’s turn, return their rabbit to the hat.
  3. Ensure that the kid cannot see inside the hat while “fishing.”
  4. If the child gets a coloured rabbit, give them a small prize
  5. If the child is the “lucky winner” and pulls the white rabbit from the hat, have a larger prize for them.
  6. Keep playing until everyone has had a turn!

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