How to Play the Game Lucky Ducks

By Aaron Kopf

Updated September 22, 2017

Lucky Ducks, released in 1995 by Milton Bradley, is a simple children's game meant to teach basic colors and matching skills. The game is designed for two to four young players. Lucky Ducks doesn't have any small parts that might be choking hazards for young players, and there are no dice, spinners or cards to keep track of either. Just make sure that your kids don't try to check the underbelly color of live birds after playing Lucky Ducks.

Place the 12 ducks on the duck pond channel. Make sure that all ducks are facing forward, keeping in mind that the pond will rotate clockwise.

Select one of the cardboard duck nests. Each has a different color, including blue, red, green and yellow.

Slide the "ON/OFF" switch on the rotating duck pond to the "ON" position, after each player has chosen a duck nest. The ducks will begin to rotate clockwise around the pond.

Take turns selecting a duck from the pond. Turn it over to see the sticker on the bottom. If the sticker's color and shape matches your nest's color and shape, place the duck on one of the colored dots in your nest. If it doesn't match, replace the duck in the pond. After selecting one duck, whether it is a match or not, your turn is over.

Win the game by being the first to find all three of your ducks in the pond.


Check the color of the ducks your opponent selects. If they feature your color, try to keep track of them in the duck pond.

If the "quack" sounds are too loud, cover the speaker on the underside of the pond with several layers of tape.

For shorter games, remove some of the ducks from the pond.

The Lucky Ducks pond requires two "C" batteries to operate.


Do not allow long-haired players to lean over the rotating duck pond, as their hair could get entangled in the motor.