Circle Games


In this game, kids sit down in a circle facing each other. One person is "it" and walks around the circle. As they walk around, they tap people's heads and say whether they are a "duck" or a "goose". Once someone is the "goose" they get up and try to chase "it" around the circle. The goal is to tap that person before they are able sit down in the "goose's" spot. If the goose is not able to do this, they become "it" for the next round and play continues. If they do tap the "it" person, the person tagged has to sit in the center of the circle. Then the gooses become it for the next round. The person in the middle can't leave until another person is tagged and they are replaced.

Hot Potato

Everybody stands in a circle

Pass a beanbag around circle to music

When music stops person holding beanbag is out

Pretend the beanbag is a very very very HOT POTATO


[This version was played in New England]


The wonder ball goes round and round

To pass it quickly, you are bound

If you're the one, to hold it last

The game is past, and you are out!

Variation: add on another line of verse by spelling the word "out"

(e.g., O-U-T, out!)


Pass The Box

This is really fun, Take a small gift or toy that all kids would enjoy, and then gift wrap it, but keep wrapping it with different layers of gift-wrap. Play some music while passing the present around, when the music stops, the guest left holding it unwraps the first layer of wrapping paper, then the music starts again and the box is passed, then every time the music stops, another layer is removed until someone finally unwraps the very last layer, and that is the winner. It is kind of like Hot Potato, but this is an item that everyone wants to hold on to!