This is an old Greek game, and, like very many simple boys’ games, has retained its popularity to the present day.
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.
This may be played by any number of boys: one being selected as the Leader, and the others are the Followers.
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.”
Two bases having been made, one at each end of the playground, all the players take up their position in one of them,
This game is played by two boys, each of whom takes a smooth round pebble.
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.
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 perhaps the very best game that can be introduced into a school. The principle of it is very simple, that one boy represents the Hare and runs away, while the others represent the Hounds and pursue him.
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.
Make a mark on the ground at a place called the “starting point.” At ten yards’ distance from this make another, called the “spring.”
10 to 100 players.
Parlor; schoolroom; out of doors.
This, if well managed, is a very comical game. The players are arranged as in Fugleman, the player who enacts Simon standing in front.
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.
6 to 60 players or more.
Indoors; out of doors.
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,
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.