It’s spring, and the birds are singing and everything in the garden is blooming. It makes me think of several stories I love to read this time of year. It also conjures up memories of playing games outside as a child, like “Duck, Duck, Goose”.
With the weather turning nice is most places across the country, I encourage reading outside, my favorite spot is always under a tree. I also want to share how to play “Duck, Duck, Goose” and pass this along just like the stories in my new playlist that I hope will continue to be passed down through the generations.
It’s May so get out and play! What you’ll need to play this classic game: Nothing, just you and some friends.
How to play
- All of the children except one sit in a circle facing each other. The remaining person walks around the circle, gently tapping each child on the head and saying "duck."
- When the tapper yells "goose," the child whose head was just touched jumps up and chases the tapper around the circle.
- The tapper in turn tries to get all the way back to the goose's spot without getting tagged by the goose. If the tapper succeeds, the goose becomes the new tapper and the game goes on. However, if the goose catches the tapper, the tapper then continues his or her walk around the circle.
So enjoy watching my playlist, then go outside and notice all the various birds and have a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose”. Remember it’s May and time to play! I also have a special coloring sheet for you too from the story “The Ugly Duckling”. You can Download Beautiful_swan_coloringsheet.
My Feathered Friends Playlist includes:
A small, wise bird develops a friendship with the Emperor of China. They grow very close, until one day the Emperor replaces the nightingale with a mechanical bird that's even shinier and prettier. But mechanical things don't have souls, and soon the Emperor's very life depends upon getting his little bird friend back home again. Author: Hans Christian Andersen Illustrated by Robin E. Kaplan
A sweet and lovely princess journeys on her talking horse, Falada, to a faraway kingdom to marry a handsome prince. During the trip, her wicked handmaiden steals her clothes, and declares herself the princess when they reach the kingdom. The true princess is given a job tending geese. Will the wicked handmaiden's lies ever be discovered? Author: The Grimm Brothers Illustrated by Kalina Torino
The Ugly Duckling
Everyone makes fun of a little duck because he looks different than everybody else. Of course, this makes him very unhappy -- but he has a big surprise coming when he gets older. Author: Hans Christian Andersen & Illustrated by Jake Hollomon
You can also enjoy “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Goose Girl” at Tales2go