Childhood Memories Friday: Don’t Cook Your Goose Game

Childhood Memories Friday

Childhood was different when I was a child. Needless to say, there were no electronic devices. Sure, I spent plenty of time watching TV shows like The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, and Leave it to Beaver. I read lots of books. I played with my Little People in the playhouse. I rode my bike. But still, there was time for more.

Don't Cook Your Goose game

One of the things my sister and I did was play games. And one of our favorites still resides in my house. It’s called “Don’t Cook Your Goose.”

Don't Cook Your Goose game

The premise was easy: spin the spinner, then place a goose of the spun color on the number indicated. If/when the pan top tipped out of balance, you had cooked your goose!

Don't Cook Your Goose game

Uh oh.

It was a great game because it could be played quickly (no 2-day Monopoly marathons, although I have fondish memories of those as well). My girls have played it, and even the occasional piano student gives it a try.

For those curious, I see that the game was made in 1970 by Schaper, the same company that created the “cootie bug” game.

Did you ever play Don’t Cook Your Goose? What games did you enjoy as a child?

3 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Don’t Cook Your Goose Game

  1. I remember seeing that game at some child’s home, but it wasn’t invented when I was growing up. We played outside, but I can’t recall that we played many board (bored?) games. Ah, I just described my feelings about board games, haven’t I?

  2. When I visited Grandma and Grandpa Kamman and Aunt Lauretta, Aunt Lauretta was always so NICE to we nieces. She would walk to Holland School playground with us. Also she often played Uncle Wiggley with us. I just returned from a day at the Exit 76 Antique Mall. I saw a couple Uncle Wiggely books there, for sale. At our farm home we would sit around the kitchen table and I know Daddy played Chinese Checkers with us. We also enjoyed playing pick up sticks!

  3. P.S. I still have our Anagram game from our farmhome. It was very similar to Scrabble.

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