The duck pond is one of the most popular items at a carnival or festival. It is a simple concept and intriguing to little kids. I suggest this game for children under 6 years old. The duck pond game is one of the first carnival games that many of us played when we were younger. Pick up a duck, look at the number and the game runner gives you a prize. Everyone loves to win when they play a game at an event.
There is no skill needed for the game.That is why it is perfect for little kids. Everyone wins a prize. The prizes are usually small trinkets or toys. Winning a prize makes you feel special. Winning is character building and it encourages kids to feel good about themselves. Building self-esteem at an early age is a must. Anyway, child psychology is texted in books and online articles. I am going to stick to something I know about.
I have seen duck ponds made out of a large galvanized tub, small blow up pools, plastic pools, plastic sand boxes and giant coolers. Of course, there are professional made duck ponds and I personally like the duck pond manufactured by Twister Display.
When you set up the duck pond, have good signage, a water faucet, a water hose, ducks that float and prizes. Just remember if you set the duck pond up indoors make sure you have a plan to get rid of the pond’s water.
There are two ways to play the game. First, have 24 floating ducks, each duck has a number on it 1 – 24. The child picks up the duck and the game runner gives them a prize. I suggest getting a box of different prizes, we sell a prize box of 50 prizes. If the child plays twice, you need to notice the prizes they have already won and give them a different prize from the prize box.
Second way to play: Have 24 ducks, 12 ducks have numbers on the bottom of the duck and 12 are plain. The players pick up a duck and if the duck has a number on it they win a prize. If the duck does not have a number on it they win a consolation prize. Consolation prizes could be a piece of candy like miniature Tootsie roll or a piece of gum.