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!”
The leader of the game commences it by asking each of his companions in turn, “What is my thought like?”
FOX AND GEESE GAME. Fifteen ordinary draughtsmen compose the flock of geese. The fox may either be two draughtsmen placed one upon another, or any small object which may be at hand.
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.
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;
In this game one of the players enters the room, armed with a poker, with which he taps on the floor.
NINE MEN’S MORRIS is an ancient English game, and ought not to be laid aside; so we resuscitate it for the benefit of young England.
A noisier game than this could scarcely be desired by the most boisterous of our young friends.
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;
This exciting game may be played by an unlimited number, and is particularly adapted for a large party.
One of the players is sent out of the room, while the others fix upon a subject, which may be anything to which the three questions, “How do you like it?” “Where do you like it?” and “When do you like it?” will apply.
The players sit round in a circle, each taking a colour. Thus one is red-cap, another black-cap, and so on. One of them, who takes the place of master, and has no colour, taking up a cap says:
The game of Hand is of great antiquity, and is common to almost every nation, whether savage or civilized.
Birds, Beasts, and Fishes.—“Now, Tom,” said Harry, “get your slate and pencil, and I’ll show you such a jolly game.
Consists in one person having a handkerchief bound over his eyes, so as to completely blind him, and thus blindfolded trying to chase the other players, either by the sound of their footsteps,
This old-fashioned pastime is so generally known that it is scarcely necessary to describe it;
One player leaves the room, and while he is absent the rest fix upon some proverb. The words are then distributed among them, and each player, in reply to a question asked by the guesser, has to introduce his particular word.