This is a most delightful game, and is a very great favourite among boys of all classes. It is commenced by choosing Captains, which is either done by lot or by the “sweet voices” of the youths.Read more
This game will be best described by a short dialogue.
Harry.—I am going to put a question in a whisper to Tom, who is seated on my right hand, to which he will reply in the same tone.
Every player, except one who holds the office of reader, selects a trade or profession, which he must retain throughout the game.Read more
One player takes an oblong piece of paper, and having divided it into three equal parts by folding, he sketches a comic head, either with pen or pencil, in the upper space;Read more
Chalk or make a line, or, as it is usually termed, “a garter,” on the ground; on this line one of the players must place himself and bend down as in leap-frog, while the other players in rotation leap over him, the last one as he flies over calling out “Foot it.”Read more
The players form sides, and decide who shall be masters and who men. The principal aim of the men is to keep working as long as possible, and to prevent the masters taking their places.Read more
Two boys having seated themselves on the floor, are trussed by their playmates; that is to say, each boy has his wrists tied together with a handkerchief, and his legs secured just above the ancles with another;Read more
To play this amusing game, which is of German origin, it is necessary to be furnished with five cards, on which are painted the figures of a white horse, an inn, a bell, a hammer, and a bell and hammer;Read more
This may be played by any number of boys: one being selected as the Leader, and the others are the Followers.Read more
The chief player in this amusing game must possess the faculty of inventing a long story, as well as a tolerably good memory.Read more
This game, although only two persons are engaged in it at a time, furnishes much amusement, from the contradictory nature of its words and actions.Read more
10 to 60 players.
Indoors; out of doors; schoolroom.
This is a brisk game, and may be played by any number of boys. One of the players being chosen as Touch, it is his business to run about in all directions after the other players, till he can touch one, who immediately becomes Touch in his turn.Read more
The party being seated in a circle, the player who has been chosen to commence the game takes a knotted handkerchief, and throws it suddenly into another’s lap, calling out at the same time either “Earth!” “Water!” “Air!” or “Fire!”Read more
The leader of the game commences it by asking each of his companions in turn, “What is my thought like?”Read more
10 to 30 or more players.
Indoors; out of doors.
Two bases having been made, one at each end of the playground, all the players take up their position in one of them,Read more
The game of Hand is of great antiquity, and is common to almost every nation, whether savage or civilized.Read more
This is very simple play. The ball is thrown into the air by one player, the others standing round him. He calls out the name of the player, for whom the ball is thrown.Read more
5 to 60 or more players.
Indoors; out of doors.