Rope the Bull

Game Rules

Player has three attempts to “rope the bull”. The players stand about six feet away from the bull. Older children and adults must use a rope lasso, while younger children may choose to use rope rings. A player is declared a winner if they are able to place either the lasso or rope ring around one of the horns of the bull.

Game Description

This game is built on a 30″ diameter base of 3/4″ plywood.
The bull is made from 18″ x 18″ plywood that can be either 1/2″ or 3/4″ thick. This should be outlined with the shape of the bull, and cut with a scroll saw. This is then painted.
The bull is placed in the center of the base, and attached from the back with two 3″ hinges.
Two blocks are made from a 2 x 4, and are 2.75″ x 3.5″.
The two blocks placed on either side of the bull, and attached to the base. The two door latches are then attached to the tops of the blocks.
Holes are drilled on both edges of the target, to line up with the door latches. This adds stability to the bull when it is upright.
You may also choose to place small velcro tabs, one near the top of the back of the bull, and a corresponding one on the base. This will keep the bull in place for transporting and storage.
The rope lasso is made from an 8 foot nylon rope, 1/2″ in diameter, with a loop tied at one end. The three rope rings are made from the same rope, and are simply taped together. The rings should be about 8″ in diameter.

Material List

  • 30″ diameter 3/4″ plywood
  • 18″ x 18″ plywood, 3/4″ thick
  • One 2 x 4, measuring 6″
  • Two 3″ hinges
  • Two small door latches
  • Two velcro tabs
  • Paint as needed
  • 12′ of nylon rope, 1/2″ thick







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Hey Jack, Thanks so much.

My 7 year old daughter just climbed on my lap and we watched some of your videos together.

There are some games I know I could do in time for my son's birthday.

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