How to Play: Duck, Duck, Goose

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Duck, duck, duck ... Goose! Credit: Getty Images

What you need: All you need for this game is a group of kids. It can be played indoors or outdoors.

How to play: A group of kids sit in a circle. One child is designated as "it" and walks around the circle, tapping each player on the head, calling each player a "duck" until picking one player to be "goose." The "goose" must then jump up and chase "it" around the circle. "It" must get back to the "goose's" spot and sit down without being tagged. If "it" makes it freely to that spot, the "goose" becomes "it," and the game begins again. If the "goose" does tag "it," "it" stays the same, and another round begins.

The rules: Favoritism can be avoided by establishing a rule that anyone chosen as "goose" cannot be chosen again until all others have had a turn at being selected.

How to win: Tag "it" before "it" makes it to your spot.

What else you need to know: There are many variations of this game, including changing the name to other animals. A fun summer variation is Duck, Duck, Splash, in which "it" carries a bucket of water and splashes the "goose" over the head.

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