This is a good activity for ages 2 thru 6 or so.
At a birthday party, if you're planning a lot of outdoor activities, this is
a good thing to have in the corner of your mind in case of bad weather!
This is a good game for Clifford, Blue's Clues, Dalmatian/Fire, Scooby Doo, etc
Doggy, Doggy, where's your bone?
Somebody stole it from your home.
Guess who! Maybe you...
Maybe the monkeys from the zoo.
Wake up doggy, find your bone.
Have the birthday boy or girl be the first to be the doggy. They should sit in the center of the circle of children and close/cover their eyes while the song is chanted (it doesn't really have a tune).
Alternative 1: (this is the one I use) -- have an adult give the bone (or whatever you choose to hide... a shoe works too) to one of the children while chanting the song (make sure you give each child a chance to have the bone). Have all of the children hide their hands behind their backs. When the chant is over, the doggy can uncover his or her eyes and gets 3 guesses as to which person has the bone. Whether the doggy gets it right or not, the person with the bone gets to be the next doggy. Because you've made sure to give each child a turn with the bone, each child will get a turn being the doggy.
Alternative 2: (more competitive) -- have the last person who was the doggy, give the bone (or whatever you choose to hide) to one of the other children while everyone chants the song. Have all the children hide their hands behind their backs. When the chant is over, the doggy can uncover his or her eyes and gets 3 guesses as to which person has the bone. If they guess where the bone is, they get to sit outside the circle and the person with the bone is the doggy. If they don't guess where the bone is, they have to be the doggy again.