Puss in the corner (children's game)

Puss in the corner is a children's game for five players.

Puss in the Corner
Setup time1 minute or less
Playing timeNo limit
Random chanceLow
Age range3 and up
Skill(s) requiredRunning


A yard, court, room, or other square area with four corners, posts, or trees equidistant from one another is chosen as the playing arena. One player is nominated "Puss" and takes his place in the center of the arena. Each of the other four players selects one of the corners and takes their place there. Play begins with the four corner players attempting to exchange places with each other in any direction. "Puss" attempts to gain a corner during the exchange. Should he succeed, the player left without a corner becomes "Puss" and takes the place in the center of the arena. Play resumes in a similar manner. Should players A and B attempt to exchange corners and A gains B's corner but A's corner is gained by "Puss", then B becomes "Puss" rather than A.


Further readingEdit

  • Child, Lydia Maria (1863) The Girl's Own Book; new ed. by Mrs. R. Vallentine. London: Tegg; p.┬á13-14 (Puss, Puss in the Corner!)