Like most winning games, this twist on "duck, duck, goose" combines suspense, action and make-believe.
Kids sit in a circle on the floor. One party goer, the lion, tucks a homemade tail (a yellow piece of fabric with a knot in one end) into his waistband.
The lion begins circling the group, touching each child on the head and saying "Lion." When he decides he wants some action, he touches a player on the head and shouts "Hyena!"
The lion then must dash around the circle and take the hyena's spot before the hyena can grab the lion's tail.
If his tail is snatched, he remains the lion; if he sits where the hyena was without losing his tail, the hyena becomes the new lion.