Streets and Alleys

Michelle Berry
68th Ottawa Guides
South Division, Ottawa Area
Ontario


One girl is selected to be the cat, another girl is chosen to be the mouse and one girl is selected to be the caller (this could also be a leader).

The purpose of the game is for the cat to catch(touch) the mouse.

Arrange the remaining girls in lines as shown. It doesn't matter how many girls there are, just make sure they are evenly spaced out. To begin with, all girls are facing the front of the playing area. The girls are standing with their arm outstretched at their sides so that they are touching the hand of the girl next to her. This has created streets.

(The X represent the girls and the -- represents their arms outstretched)

--X----X----X----X----X--

--X----X----X----X----X--

--X----X----X----X----X--

--X----X----X----X----X--

--X----X----X----X----X--

The cat chases the mouse down the streets. When the caller yells "Alleys", all the girls turn to their right so they are now facing the side wall and touching the hands of the girls who were previously in front of and behind them. This has now created Alleys. Initially, the cat and mouse will be trapped but they will soon maneuver themselves around and continue the chase down the alleys.

|     |      |     |     |

X     X      X     X     X

|     |      |     |     |

X     X      X     X     X

|     |      |     |     |

X     X      X     X     X

|     |      |     |     |

X     X      X     X     X

|     |      |     |     |

X     X      X     X     X

|     |      |     |     |


The caller keeps yelling "Streets" or "Alleys" and the girls change position accordingly. Once the cat catches the mouse, choose some new girls and start again just give the girls a few seconds to shake their arms as they become quite tired holding them up.