Children are sat in a circle, facing each other. One child is identified to be the ‘goose’, the rest are all ‘ducks’. The goose walks around the outside of the circle, tapping children on the head as they do so and saying aloud “duck” each time a tap is made. The goose can, at any time, tap another child and identify them as the next goose.
Once another child has been tapped and identified as a goose, both children (the original goose and the new goose) must race each other, around the outside of the circle, to the empty space in the circle (left by the new goose). The person who reaches the space last must then walk around the circle and tap other’s on their heads.
Be very careful when playing this game, particularly with younger children, as running around a circle may cause them to lose balance and tumble into other children. Also, some children may not like the idea of being tapped on the head, instead you might like to have children tap a shoulder.
Printable copy: Duck, Duck, Goose