Follow The Leader

One player, who is especially resourceful or skillful, is chosen as a leader. The others all form in single file behind him, and imitate anything that he does. The leader aims to keep the line moving, and should set particularly hard tasks for them, such as climbing or vaulting over obstacles, under others, jumping to touch high points or objects, going through difficult feats, jumping certain distances, taking a hop, skip, and jump, walking backward, turning around while walking, walking or running with a book on the head, etc. Any one failing to perform the required feat drops out of the game or goes to the foot of the line; or at the pleasure of the players may pay a forfeit for the failure and continue playing, all forfeits to be redeemed at the close of the game.

Reprinted from Dr. Isaac T. Headland’s “The Chinese Boy and Girl,” by kind permission of Messrs. Fleming H. Revell & Co.

Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie Hubbell Bancroft

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