Archive for May, 2007

Hunt the Whistle

Thursday, May 31st, 2007
Child with whistle

Summer is all around, and filled with children’s Dreams of Flying.

For those that love free stuff – Karen from Pediascribe is running a contest to give away a $20 gift certificate. To participate simply make a comment on any of her posts. Best of luck!

PediaScribe is the blogging side of Karen and Dr. Mike’s PediaCast – where Dr. Mike talks about general and medical things that affect your children. You can even call in and leave questions for Dr. Mike to answer during the podcast.

Also be sure to checkout the Vlad Studio artwork she has down the left hand side of her blog – There are some really wonderful pictures there.

Now, to the classic kids game!

Blowing the Candle

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Kid’s Party Games

Place a lighted candle on a table at the end of a room. Invite someone to stand in front of it, then blindfold him, make him take three steps backwards, turn round three times and then advance three steps and blow out the candle. If he fails he must pay a forfeit. It will be found that very few are able to succeed, simple though the test appears to be.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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The Cushion Dance

Monday, May 28th, 2007
Children Playing Games

The children first of all divide themselves into two parties. They then form a ring, and commence dancing round a hassock which is placed, end upwards, in the middle of the room. Suddenly one party endeavors to pull the other part forward, so as to force one of their number to kick the hassock and upset it.

The player who has been unfortunate enough to touch the hassock has then to leave the circle. The game proceeds until only two remain; if these two happen to be boys the struggle is generally prolonged, as they can so easily jump over the hassock and avoid kicking it.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Hold Fast! Let Go!

Friday, May 25th, 2007
Children Playing Games

For this game the company must decide themselves into parties with four in each group, and one odd player who must issue commands and lead the game. Each party of four must hold a handkerchief corner wise, one player at each corner. The leader of the game then takes up his position in the middle of the room from which he issues his commands in sharp, quick, decisive tones, when he shouts “Let go!” the players must all hold tightly on to the handkerchief. And when, almost with the same breath, he calls “Hold fast!” the must drop it as if it burnt the tips of their finders. The fun of the games lies in the leader issueing his commands so rapidly one on top of the other that the players become bewildered. The players who make a mistake retire from the game, until finally only one of the four is left and he becomes leader.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Hissing and Clapping

Thursday, May 24th, 2007
Children Playing Games

Baby Angels – an online children’s store based out of Cheshire, UK has some fun Ideas for playdate activities.

They’ve actually got a whole slew of ideas for kid’s games, party idea, and just general kid stuff. Looks like one worth bookmarking. Thanks for the site!

And now, as always, on to the classic kid’s game. This is another one of those games that would have traumatized me if I had to play it as a child. It’s actually kind of funny, I wonder if anyone still plays games like this?

He Can Do Little Who Can’t Do This

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
Children Playing Games

Now that it’s nice and sunny where I live, this will come in handy – a great Instructables guide to finding 4-leaf clovers

And Ginger Pixel “travels back in time,” and gets to see people acting nice to each other and children playing (a classic game called “Kerbs”.)

Thanks for the post’s, now on to this classic game…

The Huntsman

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Children Playing Games

One person represents the huntsman, the other players call themselves after some part of the huntsman’s belongings; for instance, one is the cap, another is the horn, others the powder-flask, gun, whip, etc.

A number of chairs are arranged in the middle of the room, and there must be one chair less than the number of players, not counting the huntsman.

The players then seat themselves round the room, whilst the huntsman stands in the center and calls for them one at a time, in this way: “Powder-flask!” At once “Powder-flask” rises and takes hold of the huntsman’s coat.

“Cap,” “Gun,” “Shot,” “Belt,” the huntsman cries; each person who represents these articles must rise and take hold of the player summoned before him, until at length the huntsman has a long line behind him. He then begins to run round the chairs, until he suddenly cries: “Bang,” when the players must sit down. Of course, as there are not sufficient chairs, one player will be left standing and he must pay a forfeit. The huntsman is not changed throughout the game, unless he grows tired, when he may change places with one of the others.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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Hat Game

Monday, May 21st, 2007
Children Playing Games

Sam reminisces about how toys and TV used to be.

And Stephanie wants to know What are your favorite ways to keep the kids busy?

Here’s a Classic Kid’s Game that might give you some ideas…

Group Writing Project Results

Saturday, May 19th, 2007
Classic Kid's Games Group Writing Project

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Group Writing project! I loved reading about everyone’s games.

Here are the results –

Thank you to the great sponsors of the group writing project, I look forward to our next contest!

Here I Bake, Here I Brew

Friday, May 18th, 2007
Children Playing Games

The players join hands in a circle, with one of their number in the middle, who is supposed to be a captive, longing for freedom and reduced to diplomatic means to secure it.

The prisoner touches one pair of joined hands in the circle saying “Here I Bake.” Then, passing to the other side, says “Here I Brew,” as she touches another pair of hands. Suddenly, then, in a place least suspected, perhaps whirling around and springing at two of the clasped hands behind her, or at the pair which she had touched before, if their owners appear to be off guard, she exclaims “Here I mean to break though!” and forces her way out of the circle if she can.

The players must be on the alert and strongly resist the captive’s effort to escape.

Those who permitted her to regain her freedom – through inattention or weakness – must then make use of the “counts” familiar to all generations of children, to decide which of them shall take the place of the prisoner.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

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