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This is a more elaborate version of “Bat and Moth” a simple game used to help educate children (and older ones too!) about bats and their use of echolocation to find their food.
‘Bat, Moth, Tree’ needs a number of players, so great for small or even larger groups. However, because one of the players will be blindfolded, you will need a playing area devoid of any natural obstacles. The bat is going have fun enough avoiding the ‘trees’
As with ‘Bat and Moth’ select two players. One player becomes the ‘bat’, the other the ‘moth’. The player who is the bat stands in the centre of the playing area and puts on the blindfold (no peeking!). The difference between these versions comes in that once the bat is blindfolded and in place, the leader chooses a number of players who will be the ‘trees’. These players place themselves as they wish around the playing area and remain standing where they are for the duration of this round. Once the trees are in place the ‘moth’ can choose where they want to start.
As with Bat and Moth, the basic rule is that whenever the bat shouts “bat, bat”. The moth has to respond “moth, moth”. The bat is free to move as much as they like, but the moth can only move up to 3 paces in any direction after they have responded with “moth, moth” and avoid getting caught by the bat. However, the bat still has to avoid colliding with the trees. This is where trees play their part. Whenever the moth shouts or says “bat, bat”, all trees in the direction the bat is moving also have to respond with “tree, tree”. If the bat is not moving ALL trees have to respond. This ends up with some players responding “tree, tree” to the bat’s “bat, bat” as well as the player who is the moth also responding “moth, moth”.
Change players once the moth is caught.