Duck, Duck, Goose
To play Duck, Duck, Goose the kids sit in a circle except for the one who’s "It". The person who is "It" goes around tapping each child’s head saying "Duck". Eventually, the one who’s "It" taps a kid’s head and says, "Goose". The one who was tapped has to chase the one who’s "It" around the circle. The one who’s "It" has to go around the circle and finally sit in the 2nd kid’s spot. The 2nd kid is now "It". If the 2nd kid catches the one who’s "It" before they get to the spot, then the 1st kid continues being "It" for another turn. The gif below shows how it works (each dot represents a child and the red dot is the one who’s "It").
Drop the Handkerchief (Postman/Mailman)
Drop the Handkerchief works similarly to Duck, Duck, Goose, but the person who is "It" does not usually tap the other kids. Here’s how it’s played…
All of the kids sit in a circle looking forward (young kids might even cover their eyes with their hands). The child who’s "It" goes around the outside of the circle holding a handkerchief while all of the kids chant a specific song or rhyme. Finally, the one who’s "It" drops the handkerchief (or other item) behind a child. That child has to pick up the handkerchief and chase the one who’s "It" around the circle until the one who’s "It" takes the 2nd child’s spot. If the one who’s "It" is caught, she continues being "It". If the child doesn’t notice that the handkerchief was dropped behind him, he may have a penalty like sitting in the middle of the circle for a turn. There are other variations of the game where the one who’s "It" might have to perform a task if she’s caught. This game also has a variation where the one who’s "It" is the Postman or Mailman.
These games are great ways to teach kids about differences as well as similarities between cultures. They can also be used to help teach another language.
Here are some versions of these games from around the world:
Sadao wrote from Japan to let me know that "Drop the Handkerchief" is played there… but there don’t seem to be any words that go with it.
Please feel free to share your country’s version of this game in the comments below.
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