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
- Fold a piece of paper into thirds length-wise, then fold the same paper into thirds width-wise. You will have 9 squares.
- Draw a picture of the same rabbit head in each square.
- Colour each rabbit a different colour and leave one white.
- Cut the paper into 9 squares along the folds.
- Secure a paperclip to each rabbit.
- Drop the rabbits into the hat.
- Tie one end of the string to the magnet
- Tie the other end of the string to the magic wand.
How to Play:
- 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.
- At the end of each child’s turn, return their rabbit to the hat.
- Ensure that the kid cannot see inside the hat while “fishing.”
- If the child gets a coloured rabbit, give them a small prize
- If the child is the “lucky winner” and pulls the white rabbit from the hat, have a larger prize for them.
- Keep playing until everyone has had a turn!