Archive for the ‘toddler’ Category

Catching the Mouse

Thursday, April 5th, 2007
Children Playing Games

The children sit in two rows opposite each other with a space between. One child takes the place of “cat,” being blindfolded, the cat standing at one end of the row and the mouse at the opposite end. They start in opposite directions, guiding themselves by the chairs, the cat trying to catch the mouse. When the mouse is caught it is made the “cat,” and one of the company takes the place of the mouse.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Rooster Fighting

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
Children Playing Games

Wow, just wow… Where to begin with this one – You bind your children’s hands and feet, stick a broom through their arms and legs to further immobilizing them, then set them to war against another “Rooster.”

The only thing missing from the description is how to place bets and what an acceptable vig is.

I had a bit of an internal struggle about this post – I actually changed the name of this game from what the book officially called it. I so wanted to stay true to the original and avoid the self-censorship, but in the end decided that I didn’t want the type of traffic that could possibly come from the real title. I wonder if Mr. Blister of Strange Games had a similar struggle about Crap Surfing?

So enjoy this slightly modified game, and feel free to call me a big wuss in the comments.


Blowing the Feather

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
Children Playing Games

With spring rushing in there are plenty of windy fun games to play outside.

Trying to keep things flying or floating in the air is a kid favorite. I’m embarrassed to talk about the countless hours and hours that I would run around the house or outside with friends trying to keep a balloon or feather floating up in the air.

Blowing the Feather

All the children, except one, sit on the floor around a sheet or table cloth which they hold about eighteen or twenty inches above the floor. A feather is placed on the sheet and at a signal the child nearest it blows the feather towards another child. The object is to keep the feather in the air, not allowing it to light.

The remaining child runs back and forth around the group trying to catch the feather. When he is successful, the person on whom the feather rested or was nearest to, changes place with him.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Blind man’s Bluff

Monday, April 2nd, 2007
Children Playing Games

March has gone out like a lamb, just as it should be and we’re ready to slog through April. What better way to get through it than blindfolded?

Here is one of the many blindfolded games in this book. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe we have more sharp objects laying around the house than they used to, but it seems just a might bit dangerous to have kids running around chasing each other while blindfolded.

Also, she matter of factly states the answers to the call and answer the children do for this game, but I’ve never heard it before. Does anyone know the history of the “How many horses has your father?” question, or what it’s from?

Or maybe she just made it up for this game, either way it’s interesting.


Friday, March 30th, 2007
Children Playing Games

Ahhh the good ol’ days when children could sing about cask’s of ale. Where have we gone wrong? Maybe it was around the same time farmers trumped millers as the pinnacle dog owners…

It could be worse though. At least children still appreciate life’s simple games. Like the Drawer Guitar or everyone’s favorite, maggot painting. I know I always wished for party games like that.

Anyway, here is the 100 year old take on this classic children’s song.

Button, Button

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Children Playing Games

All the children except the one who passes the button sit in a circle with hands placed palm to palm in their laps.

The child passing the button holds it between her palms and goes to each one, in turn, slipping her hands between the palms of the children. As she goes around the circle she drops the button into some child’s hands, but continues going around as long after as she pleases, so the rest will not know who has it.

Then she stads in the middle of the circle and says: “Button, button, who has the button?” All the children guess who has it, the one calling out the correct name first is out and it is his turn to go around with the button.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Birds Fly

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
Children Playing Games

This is a very simple game. Each player places a finger on the table, which he must raise whenever the conductor of the game says: “Birds fly,” Pigeons fly,” or any other winged creatures “fly.”

If he names any creature without wings, such as “Pigs fly,” and any player thoughtlessly raises his finger, that player must pay a forfeit, as he must also do if he omits to raise his finger when a winged creature is named.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Bean Bag

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
Children Playing Games

All stand in a line except one who is the leader who stands a short distance opposite the line.

The leader throws the bean bag to the child at the head of the line who returns it to the leader. The leader throws it to the next child, who throws it back to the leader, and so it is throw back and forth to each child in turn. Any one in the line who fails to catch the bag must go to the foot of the line.

If the leader fails to catch the bag he must go to the foot of the line and the one at the head of the line takes his place.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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A Running Maze

Monday, March 26th, 2007
Children Playing Games

Welcome to Classic Kids Games!

I love these old-time children and party game books.

Not only do they have crazy messed up notions about gender roles and whats safe, but its also neat to see how games that we still play or played as children have evolved over the last 100 years.

I hope you enjoy these games as much as I do!

A Running Maze

Form a long line of children – one behind the other. The leader starts running, and is followed by all the rest. They must be sharp enough to do exactly as the leader does.

After Running for a moment or two in the ordinary running step, the leader changes to a hopping step, then to a marching step, quick time, then to a marching step, slow time, claps and runs with hands on sides, hands on shoulders, hands behind, etc.
Finally the leader runs slowly round and round into the centre, and can either wind the children up tightly or can turn them on nearing the centre and run out again. For another change the long line can start running and so unwind the spiral.”

From Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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