In preparation for my family reunion, I turned 11 mice and one (cat) bowl.
- Each player has several tokens. Little chocolate candies are my favorite.
- All mice are placed in the middle of the playing area. Each player holds on to their own mouse’s tail.
- One player is the cat. The cat has five chances to roll a single die.
- If the roll is a six, then the cat pounces on the mice with its bowl trying to capture as many as possible.
- When a mouse is caught, that player gives a candy token to the cat.
- If the cat pounces when it should not, the cat gives each mouse a candy token.
- After 5 die roles, a different player becomes the cat.
Many variations adapt the game to older or younger players.
In the past, I tied small corks to string to be mice. We used a cottage cheese bowl for the mouse.
This time, I turned the mice from pen blanks. Each is a little different to provide unique personalities. I used acrylic texture paint for eyes and noses and plastic lace for tails. However, plastic lace is too stiff, string would be a better tail material. I sanded the bottom of each mouse so it could sit up and pay attention. Mice are finished with friction polish.
The cat bowl is turned from a small chunk of apricot that has been drying in my shop for two years. The cat is finished with walnut oil.