31 Games - Duck, Duck, Goose!

Is your 3-year-old the youngest of the family, or are all the kids your child plays with close to that same age?  If so, then you know how difficult it can be to find ways for them to all be involved in the fun and games - so many choices are just too advanced for this age.

But now, you'll have a list of 31 unique games that even a 3-year-old can join in with.  A few of these ideas will be best for the preschool set, but most will work for a wide range of ages!

Click on over here to see the full list, but read on for this great game idea!

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"Duck, duck, duck, duck, duuuuuck..."

This was always one of those games I would have my first-graders play when we had some random sitting-around time, and it always cracked me up to see just how many times the kids would be willing to go around and around and around the group before finally picking a "goose."

This is not a game you want your kids to play on picture day (mussed hair beyond belief!), but it's a fun one that can last a long time - at least as long as there are "un-goosed" players!

Duck, Duck, Goose!

Players:  4+ (the more, the merrier)

Ages:  3 +

Place:  a space large enough for the players to sit in a circle - and run around the outside of it

Equipment:  none

How to play:  All the players sit cross-legged in a circle on the floor.  One player is elected to be "it" first and begins walking around the circle tapping (not smacking, which is what some over-zealous players will try to do) each player on the head.  

At each tap, "it" will say "Duck!" - until, at one point, "it" changes the call to "Goose!"

The player tapped "Goose!" needs to jump up and chase "it" around the circle.  If "it" sits in "goose's" spot before "goose" tags him or her, then "goose" is the new "it."

If "it" is caught, "goose" returns to his or her spot and "it" resumes the tapping.

This game can go on forever, but usually it continues until each player has been "it" at least once.

What's the funniest thing you've seen kids do while playing this game?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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