Duck, Duck, Goose!

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Games are a natural and fun way to learn and contribute to young children’s social development. The familiar rules of group games allow them to be initiated easily and played in various settings, often across age groups. When young children participate in group games, they invariably negotiate changes in the rules and in the process come to understand fairness and the perspective of others.

This videative captures a pair of four-year-old girls playing a game of Duck, Duck, Goose, with two of their teachers. We see the many strategies that the children use during their play. One child loves being the goose, but she knows that this role is supposed to be avoided. How does she handle this restriction? Watch as she invents an expression of feigned disappointment ("Oh man!") in order to cover her deliberate strategies to “lose.” Treat this feigned expression as an indication of her ability to think about other people's thinking. We see the children modify other rules to make the game more fun.

Keywords: Fours, Body, Children-Teacher, Game Rules, Mind of Other, Special Education, videative

Length of videative: 13 text pages, 22 video subclips
Length of stand alone master video clip: 6 minutes 23 seconds