Duck, Duck, Goose

Duck, Duck, Goose is similar to tag, but on a smaller scale. It helps children get their heart rate up in the context of a game rather than organized sports. These things make it great physical activity for younger children! You can play at the park, in your yard, or even inside.


Ideally, you’ll have at least 5 people to play, but you can play with many more, or even less. Just make sure you have at least three players–two to sit and one that is “it.” To begin, everyone should sit in a circle except the player who is “it.” This player walks around the circle and as they go, they tap each player’s head and either say “duck” or “goose.” When they say “duck” the player should stay sitting and “it” will keep going. But when “it” says “goose,” that player tapped (the “goose”) must get up and tag the player that’s “it” before “it” can take the “goose’s” seat. If “it” gets tagged before they get the seat, they’re “it” again. But if “it” gets the seat, now the “goose” is “it.”


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