This is a game played by hopping on one foot and kicking an oyster-shell or piece of tile from one compartment to the other, without halting the lifted foot, except in one case, to the ground, and without suffering the shell or tile to rest on any of the lines.
Cat and Mouse Game. This sport, which is of French origin, is for two players only.
This game may be played by any number of players. A large stone is selected, and placed on a particular spot,
4 to 30 or more players.
Indoors; out of doors.
This is a most excellent game, and very popular in some counties. It is played with a moderate-sized ball and a hand-bat, i. e. a bat that can be held in one hand, and which is about two feet in length, smooth, and round.
This is an old Greek game, and, like very many simple boys’ games, has retained its popularity to the present day.
Quoits game. The game of Quoits is very excellent. It seems to have derived its name from the ancient discus, and with us in the present day is a circular plate of iron perforated in the middle, not always of one size, but larger or smaller to suit the strength or convenience of the several candidates.
This is a very good game, and to play it properly there must be in the centre of the playground a small hill or hillock.
This is an old English sport, mentioned by Gower and Chaucer, and was at one period common to women as well as men. In the northern parts of England, particularly in Yorkshire, it is practised in the following manner:
This is a capital game for the summer months. The players divide themselves into two parties, one party remaining at a spot called “Bounds,” and concealing their faces, while the other party goes out and hides. After waiting for a few minutes, the home party shouts, “Coming, coming, coming.”
This game, as its name denotes, is played by means of nine pins, which are set up in a regular order, the aim of the players being to throw down as many as possible in the fewest attempts.
This, if well managed, is a very comical game. The players are arranged as in Fugleman, the player who enacts Simon standing in front.
This game is played by two boys, each of whom takes a smooth round pebble.
This game can be played by any number of boys, who must all join hands; the game is begun by the outside players at each end of the line holding the following dialogue:
Trundling the hoop is a pastime of uncertain origin, but it has long contributed to the health and amusement of the youth of Great Britain.
This is a very simple sport, but necessarily restricted to those spots where there is a river, or a pond of some magnitude.
10 to 60 players.
Indoors; out of doors; schoolroom.
This is a capital game when well played, and the antics and grimaces of boys who are mimics cause great merriment.