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The Game of the Goose, Il Gioco dell'Oca, for children

Free Goose Game Board


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Cow Game


Rules of the Game

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How to Play:

Toss the dice to see who starts; the player with the highest total begins.  Players take turns tossing two dice and moving their markers the number showing on the dice.  The players follow the rules of the board, as listed below, and try to beat the other players to the center of the board to win. 

Rules of the Board:

The Bridge on space 6 advances you to space 12.

An Inn on space 19 delays you one turn.

The Well on space 31 delays you two turns.

The Maze of space 42 confuses you and you return to space 30.

The Dungeon on space 52 keeps you locked up until another traveler lands there and takes your place, sending you to their starting place. 

Space 58 is the death space, or the cooked goose, sending you back to the beginning. 

A dice total of  9 advances you to the next dice field (spaces 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54).

You need an exact count to reach the center, space 63.  Excess moves are taken backward from the center. 

Landing on a goose (spaces 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50, 59) repeats your dice value, whether you are moving forward or backward from the center. 

Landing on a space occupied by another player sends that player to where you began your turn, even if they are stuck at the Inn or in the Well.

The Game Board

The game board is drawn in black and white so children can color the board any way they choose.  Click here to access the page with the game board and then click on your Browser's Print Button to print the page on your printer, or select Print from a Pull-down Menu. 

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