NINE-HOLES GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids
NINE-HOLES GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

NINE-HOLES GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

Dig near a wall nine holes, of about six inches in diameter, and three deep. Let each player have one of these, according to his number, which must be determined by lot.

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PRISONER’S BASE OR PRISON BARS GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids
PRISONER’S BASE OR PRISON BARS GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

PRISONER’S BASE OR PRISON BARS GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

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.

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NORTHERN SPELL GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids
NORTHERN SPELL GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

NORTHERN SPELL GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

This game is played with a trap and ball, which is struck with a bat or bludgeon at the pleasure of the players; but the latter is most commonly used.

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FLY THE GARTER GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids
FLY THE GARTER GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

FLY THE GARTER GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

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.”

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ROUNDERS GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

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.

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STOOL-BALL GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids
STOOL-BALL GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

STOOL-BALL GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

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:

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TOUCH GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids
TOUCH GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

TOUCH GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

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.

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TRAP, BAT AND BALL GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

This game is so called from the trap used to elevate the ball when it is to be struck by the batsman. It is one of the earliest games played with the trap and ball, and we can trace it to the commencement of the fourteenth century.

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HARE AND HOUNDS GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

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.

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THREAD THE NEEDLE GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids
THREAD THE NEEDLE GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

THREAD THE NEEDLE GAME – Outdoor Games for Kids

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:

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Outdoor Games for Kids – HOP-SCOTCH GAME

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.

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