Duck, Duck, Goose
Large Group (10 and up)
Under 10 minutes
To develop social comfort.
Before You Start
- Gather the children in a circle, sitting down.
- Demonstrate safe tagging:
- Light touch, like butterfly wings on the shoulder
- Unsafe tags: hard contact that might cause the person being tagged to fall
How to Play
- One child is chosen as the fox and walks around the group, lightly touching each player on the head while saying “Duck,” with each touch.
- When the child says “Goose”, the person who was touched gets up and tries to tag the fox.
- Once the fox picks a goose, s/he is trying to run around the circle and sit down where the goose was.
- If the fox gets tagged, s/he goes into the middle, the cooking pot, for one round.
- The goose then becomes the next fox and another round begins.
- Children stay in the cooking pot until there are 5 people, then they can re-join the game.
- Duck, Duck Splash: Instead of tapping children on the head while saying “duck”, give the fox a half cup of water to dip their fingers in and flick a bit of water on each person. When the fox wants to choose a goose s/he dumps the remaining water on their head and says “splash!”
- Allow children options to play without getting wet.