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.
Flying Kites.The form of the kite and manner of flying it must be familiar to all our readers. This favourite toy probably received its denomination from having originally been made in the shape of the bird called the kite.
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.
10 to 30 or more players.
Indoors; out of doors.
A tolerably large ring should be formed by several boys standing in a circle and joining hands;
Marble Games for Kids - Vintage Marble Games. - In ancient times, when we were boys, and indulged in the luxury of marbles, they were very different from their present form. They were made of stone, nicely polished, and some of them, called “alleys,” of the purest marble.
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.”
5 to 60 or more players.
Indoors; out of doors.
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.
Tops. The peg-top appears to be a modern invention, but the whip-top is of great antiquity, it having been used in remote times by the Grecian boys; it was well known at Rome in the days of Virgil, and in England as early at least as the fourteenth century, when its form was the same as it is now.