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Catch the Hare Board Game

Catch the Hare roll-up game board on orange felt
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What you will make:

In this project, make a roll-up game board for the game of Catch the Hare that includes a pocket for storing game pieces. The game board is made of paper and felt using iron-on adhesive, and requires no sewing. This Moorish hunt game is known as Cercar La Liebre in Spain and dates back to the 13th century.

Catch the Hare is a classic hunt game from Spain where a single hare tries to escape 12 hunters and the hunters try to trap the hare. The game requires some strategic thinking and the ability to look ahead a few turns. Included at the end of the project are rules for playing the game of Catch the Hare. For some history about hunt board games, see the Fox and Geese craft project.

Related craft: Use Modeling Dough to make game pieces.

Related craft: The English version of board solitaire uses the same game board as Catch the Hare. Use the game boards in this project to play board solitaire or make the game boards in the English Board Solitaire craft project for playing Catch the Hare.

Here's what you need:
  • Computer paper
  • Felt, 9" by 12"
  • Ribbon
  • Iron-on craft adhesive for fabric
  • Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat, markers or colored pencils
  • Adhesive tape for hemming
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Iron and pillowcase
  • Game pieces in two colors

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make a Catch the Hare Roll-up Game Board

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose a game board to make. Download and print the pattern.
Choose a design that prints in color, or select a black & white pattern and use your creativity to add color and designs.

Easy Game Board: These patterns can be used to make a simple "print, cut and play" game board. Just follow the instructions in the English Board Solitaire craft project.

Catch the Hare Board
Printable pattern for Catch the Hare Game Board
Cercar La Liebre
Printable Catch the Hare Game Board - square

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Make the Game Board

See the Fox and Geese Game Board craft project for the step-by-step instructions for making the felt game board.

Easy Game Board: You can also make a simple "print, cut and play" game board. Just follow the instructions in the English Board Solitaire craft project.

Step 3: Play Catch the Hare (Cercar La Liebre)

You will need 13 playing pieces in two different colors (1 hare and 12 hunters) to play Catch the Hare, also known as Cercar La Liebre in Spain. You can use pieces from other games, coins, marshmallows, or dry cereal (Trix). You can even make your own pieces with homemade Modeling Dough.

Catch the Hare game setup

The object of the game is for the hunters to trap the hare and the hare to avoid being trapped. The game is played by two players, with one player using the single hare piece and the other controlling the 12 hunters. Don't worry that the hare is outnumbered—it has the special ability to jump.

  1. Place the hare on the center space and place the 12 hunters on the first and second rows, and the outsides of the third row, as shown by the yellow.
  2. All pieces can move to any open space. They move one space at a time along any line. Note: The modern Catch the Hare (Cercar La Liebre) game boards in Spain do not
    include diagonals, so you might want to try playing without making diagonal moves.
  3. The hare may capture the hunters by jumping. No other pieces are allowed to jump. How the fox jumps and captures geese
    • A capture is made by jumping over a piece.
    • A captured piece is removed from the board.
    • All jumps are over an adjacent piece to an empty space beyond. Multiple jumps are allowed.
  4. Draw to see who goes first, then take alternating turns.

The hunters try to crowd the hare into a corner and trap it. The hare tries to capture as many hunters  as possible. When the hare is trapped (can't move), the game is over and the hunters win. The hare wins when it becomes impossible for the hunters to trap it.

That's it! Have fun playing your hunt game!
Catch the Hare roll-up game board on orange felt

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Game board pocket

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Tip: The felt game board includes a pocket to hold the game pieces. The pocket is folded over to hold the pieces in when the board is rolled up.

Catch the Hare game board made with orange felt

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Tip: Select felt and ribbon in colors that coordinate with the game board. Game pieces in similar colors are nice, too.

Rolled game boards in a variety of colors

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Tip: Roll the game boards loosely.

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