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The Hare and the Hound

Updated on June 22, 2014

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The Hare and the Hound

Some of the best fun can be had by playing games that have long gone out of style. This is a game I can remember from a very long time ago. The best games give children the opportunity to use their lungs and muscles. Running around laughing and playing seems to help keep children healthy. The game is a fairly simple one.

1. A large enough group of children to be divided into two groups.

2. One group is given a head start.

3. They are told to leave a trail, maybe with little bits of paper or popcorn preferably around trees and bushes.

4. The second group is sent to find them.

5. As the first group members are found they are brought home.

The goal of the game is not really speed. It is being able to stay in the game long enough to be found or not found. The paper or popcorn is meant to be the scent of the Hares. If the paper is blown around a little so is the scent. Some children are smart enough to realize that a steady trot will let them breathe and keep going. Running games are play we engaged in early in life and can still be lots of fun.

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Some of My Favorite Quotes

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Anonymous

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Albert Einstein

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw

The debt we owe to play of imagination is incalculable. Carl Jung

"If you have this opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don't appreciate the moment until it's passed. Kayne West

"It's better to play than to do nothing." Confucius

Little Girl Running

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Aesop's Fables

The game The Hare and The Hound probably came from one of Aesop's Fables for children. Aesop was an Ethiopian or Greek slave. He wrote short stories which were collected into a book. Not all of the fables attributed to Aesop were written by him.

Each of these short stories had a strong clear moral. The Hare and The Hound was about the hare getting away. The hound's perspective was he was trying to catch dinner. Conversely, the hare was trying to save his own life. The moral is: Incentive spurs effort.

She Played Till She Was Exhausted


Children and Adults Play Hard

Life is a song - sing it.

Life is a game - play it.

Life is a challenge - meet it.

Life is a dream - realize it.

Life is a sacrifice - offer it.

Life is love - enjoy it.

- Sai Baba –

More Game History

'The Hare and The Hound' game originated in some form in England. It is still played by school children. Some people believe it was a game developed to prepare boys for fox hunting. Stores as far back as Shakespeare reference a hiding and fox game. 'Tom Brown's School Days' also talks about a similar game. There are many other literary references.

Games in general have been around forever. There were even swings as early as the 1600 BC. Running games such as 'Duck, Duck, Goose' and 'Capture the Flag' have been around for as long as people can remember.

Unfortunately many of today's games are video games. Children do not get up and running like they used to in years past. Many parents are using organized sports such as soccer or baseball as opportunities to get their child up and running.

Other Hare and Hound References

There is a restaurant or pub in South Carolina named The Hare and The Hound. The have good American cooking from burgers to steak to seafood. They also have various types of music. Just recently they had had a jazz musician.

In New York The Hound and Hare Bed and Breakfast was built in 1829 by Samuel Boothroyd. It is a historical Bed and Breakfast with antique furnishings.

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    • SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image

      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      It is a lovely and nostalgic hub. I have played some of the games in my childhood. We played a corner- corner game in the room, where four children took position at the four corners and the fifth had to replace them while the four exchanged the corners.

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This sounds like a really fun game. I have heard the Hare and the Tortoise but not the Hare and the Hound. I think games like this are really good for kids. Thanks for sharing this!

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      5 years ago from USA

      This sounds like a lot more fun than regular tag! Wish we'd known about it when I was a kid. Back then, we mostly played basketball, baseball & touch football in the neighborhood, although I can remember playing Red Rover and Little Brown Jug @ elementary school in gym class. Remember those?


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