Birthday Parties For Children



Age Level: 4 and up

Number of Players: 5 or more

What is Needed: nothing

Type of Game: noncompetitive

Location: inside or outside


The children sit in a circle. It (the birthday child at first) walks around the outside of the circle tapping each child on the head lightly, saying "Duck" with each tap until It finally taps a player and says "Goose!" The Goose then jumps up and chases It around the outside of the circle, trying to tag him or her before It reaches the empty space. If It gets there first, the Goose becomes the next It. If Goose catches It, the same child is It again.


This is a very good game for children four to six. Change the name to suit the party's theme: Bat, Bat, Dracula for a Halloween Party or Miss, Miss, Hit for a Space Party or Baseball Party, and so on.

Duck Duck Goose Illustration



Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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