At the end of a long day with the kids, when we’ve already gone to the library, caught frogs, played in the sandbox, and read until I’m hoarse, the children are not done yet. This is the desperate time of day when the exhausted parental brain devises games like terror rabbit, with simple or nonexistent rules, and a secret desire not just to entertain, but also to terrorize just a little bit in retribution.
Terror rabbit requires nothing but a creepy stuffed animal and a bit of stealth. Our stuffed animal is a rabbit my sister Kata made for Malcolm out of a tube sock. This rabbit has dead, button eyes, a grim set to his mouth, and no visible limbs. To play terror rabbit, you show the child the rabbit, holding it at a comfortable distance. Then, when the child has looked away and is not suspecting it, you hold the rabbit very close to the child’s head such that when he turns around, he comes nose to nose with the dead-eyed limbless bunny. And that’s it: terror rabbit. Try it with your kids today!