This game gives kids the opportunity to play "fetch" like a doggy.
piece of long shaped food (1 per person)
1 pet bowl/plate per person (or team)

1. Set up plates or dog bowls at one end of the playing area. (either one for each child, or one for each team)
2. Place a "bone" on each plate.
3. Line the "pets"(children) up at the opposite end of the playing area (either in teams, with one person behind the other, or every man for themselves, shoulder to shoulder).
4. If playing as a team game, designate one or more person(s) to be in charge of changing/cleaning the dog bowl after each "pet" has "fetched" their bone. Bones will need to be replaced for each player. This is best done by an adult.

How to Play

1. On "Go!" each child (if playing individually) or the first child from each team (if playing in teams) crawls on their hands and knees to the "bone."
2. Their goal is to "fetch" the bone just as a puppy would; which means, no hands!
3. Once the player has the bone, they crawl back to the line with the bone in their mouth.
4. For team play - when the player reaches the back of their line the next player may go. If playing for individuals, the first player over the starting line wins.
5. Those players that are done, may enjoy their bone while cheering on the others.


1. Kitties - try Swedish fish instead of bones
2. Bunnies - use carrot sticks. Have players hop instead of crawling.
3. Horses - use carrots or apples. Have the children gallop to retrieve their treat.
the list is endless...but the main rule remains the same...No hands.


1. During the game children will lick and breath on the surface so it's important, if playing as teams, to clean the surface well (or put down a new plate) before the next "pet" arrives to "fetch" their bone.

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Dustpan, please
Noise Level
Number of Players
3 to 4
5 to 10
10 to 20
As many as you can handle!
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Space Needed
Medium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage)
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)
Teamwork! (divide into teams)