Duck Who What?
If you donâ€™t work with kids youâ€™re perhaps not familiar with games for groups of children – the circle game Duck Duck Goose is a classic to have on standby and you can easily fit it into your childâ€™s birthday party.
Circle games are perfect for parties as everyoneâ€™s included throughout.
If theyâ€™re aged 4 or over, thereâ€™s a good chance theyâ€™ve played it before. Itâ€™s great for burning off a bit of energy and creates a lot of laughter as the chases happen. If youâ€™re getting the children in a circle for Pass the Parcel then play Duck Duck Goose as well.
So how is it played?
The children sit in a circle facing each other, and one is chosen as the Fox. The â€˜Foxâ€™ walks around the circle in one direction, tapping each child on the head, saying â€˜Duckâ€™ each time. The Fox at any point can call someone â€˜Gooseâ€™ as theyâ€™re tapped on the head.
Thatâ€™s when the chase starts.
The Fox runs in the same direction it was going with the Goose in hot pursuit. Theyâ€™re racing to get back to the now empty spot in the circle. Normally, the Fox makes it there first as heâ€™s already standing and knows heâ€™s going to run as soon as heâ€™s said â€˜Gooseâ€™.
Play continues with the Goose now becoming the Fox, walking around the circle again, Duckâ€¦ Duckâ€¦ Duck… Â untilâ€¦ Goose!
Itâ€™s a great game and very, very simple. There are plenty of ways to vary it, including:
- You could use your birthday party theme: Play Elsa, Elsa, Olaf or Batman, Batman, Joker
- Extreme Duck Duck Goose (perhaps for ages 6+?): the Goose runs the opposite way to the Fox and thereâ€™s a face-off as they meet to get to the empty spot in the circle – rules on use of fists and feet need to be applied!
- Try different actions for the chase: bounce like a kangaroo, waddle like a duck or roll around like a rock
- If youâ€™ve got a large number of children, play with two Foxes, each going in different directions around the circle
Itâ€™s played around the world
Duck Duck Goose is played the world over in slightly different versions. Many involve playing with a handkerchief. The children in the circle stay facing forward. The person walking around the circle drops the handkerchief behind one of them. Once theyâ€™ve realised itâ€™s behind them they give chase! In Germany itâ€™s called Plumpssack, and is accompanied by a rhyme sung as the child walks around the outside.
The biggest ever game of Duck Duck Goose was played in 2011. It was organised by a school in Missouri. It had 2135 players and stretched all the way round the outside of an American Football Stadium!