Box Turtle Game

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Box Turtle Game
Age Range 3-5 (PreK-K), 5-8 (grades 1-2)
Group Size medium (6-20)
Setting indoors, outdoors
Setup Time short (0-5 min)
Duration medium (11-30 min)
Subjects box turtle, turtles, reptiles
Key terms turtle, predator, prey
Materials none
Alias statues in the park
Presentation Style active

Brief Description

Kids hide like box turtles from a predator.


Don't let the predator see see you crawling around or you are out/eaten.

Scientific Background

Box Turtles withdraw into their shells when they sense danger.

This Is How You Play

  1. One person is chosen as the predator.
  2. Everyone else is a turtle and crawls around on all fours.
  3. Similar to Statues in the Park, the predator faces away from the turtles, and when he/she turns around, all the turtles must curl into a ball and hide their heads.
  4. If the predator catches a turtle still moving when he/she turns around, that person could be out or roll onto their back and play dead.


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