Our Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game Lion's Den puts smiles on kids' faces and gets them active. 


REP Game: Lion's Den

Who: Grades K-8  

Players: 4+  

Time: 10 minutes+  

Where: Gymnasium, hallway, playground  

Equipment: Cones or tape 

How to Play 

  • Players line up standing 6 feet away from each other. Players are the hunters, and the leader is the lion. 
  • When the lion is in its den, it goes to sleep. Hunters must silently tip-toe to try and make it past the den. 
  • If the lion hears any noise, it will wake up and roar! The hunters must freeze. If a hunterise caught moving by the lion, he or she must return to the starting line. 
  • The hutner that makes it past the den first becomes the new lion.

Check for Understanding 

  • How should hunters approach the lion? 
  • How does a hunter become a lion?

Game Tip  

  • Instead of going back to the starting line, have the hunter do an exercise and rejoin the game. 

Conflict Resolution Tip  

  • Do not feed into any player arguments if he or she is caught moving. You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.


Easy: Walk or side shuffle. 

Medium: Freeze for 10 seconds. 

Hard: Freeze on one foot.   

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