Duck Pond

Game Rules

Player picks up a floating duck from the basin. If the duck is marked with a star or a “X”, the child is declared a winner.

Game Description

While many schools and churches use a inflatable plastic pool, I recommend an old wash basin instead. They’re much more durable. I got mine at a flea market, but they’re available at auctions, antique malls, and home improvement stores.
The wash basin in the video and pictures measures 20.5″ x 20.5″. Depending on the type of wash basin you get, you may have to cut out the bottom pipe, if still attached.
The base measures 21.5″ x 21.5″, with a 2.5″ wood edging (see pictures).
The table legs used measure 6″ in length. Large home improvement stores usually sell the legs, but you may have to cut them down to size (such as parsons table legs). Most of these legs will come with a harbor bolt attached, but if not, you’ll have to buy four of them.
Regarding the plastic ducks – you should mark about one in five with an “X” or a star on the bottom. Permanent magic markers are best for this.
The game is very easy to set up, as you fill the basin with about 6 inches of water, place the ducks in, and you’re ready to go.

Material List

  • Metal wash basin
  • 3/4″ plywood 24″ x 24″
  • 4 table legs, 6″ in length
  • 50 plastic ducks – available from a carnival supply company
  • Paint as needed
  • One permanent magic markerduckpond21-300x215



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Hey Jack, Thanks so much.

My 7 year old daughter just climbed on my lap and we watched some of your videos together.

There are some games I know I could do in time for my son's birthday.

Love it!

Jill M