Archive for August, 2007


Friday, August 17th, 2007
Children Giving Advice

Each player is given a slip of paper and asked to write a piece of advice: the ladies write to the gentlemen and vice versa.

The slips are collected and again distributed and each player is asked to read the advice which has been given him. Before looking at the paper he must tell what sort of advice it is: – good, bad, unnecessary, etc., and whether or not he intends to profit by it.

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Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain


Thursday, August 16th, 2007
Kid Winking

All the girls sit in a circle, and the boys stand outside, one boy behind each girl’s chair. One chair is left vacant, but a boy stands behind it, and by winking at the girls one at a time, tries to get one for his empty chair.

As soon as a girl is winked at, she tries to leave her seat, and take the vacant one, but if the boy behind her touches her before she leaves the seat, she cannot go. Each boy has to keep his eye an the one who is winking and on the girl in his chair, for if he is not watching, she may escape before he has time to touch her, and then it is his turn to do the winking and get a girl fur his chair.

If the winking is done quickly it adds to the interest of the game. No boy can keep hold of a girl all the time; he must only touch her when she starts to leave her place, and then if she is beyond arm’s length he cannot call her back.

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Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain


Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
Child in Wonderment

It is necessary that only two of the party should have a knowledge of this game, and then “wonderment” is sure to he the result.

The two players agree that a certain word shall be regarded as a signal word. As an illustration, imagine this word to be “and.”

One of the players asserts his belief that he is gifted with second sight, and states that he is able, through a closed door, to name any article touched by any person in sympathy with him, notwithstanding the said person may attempt to mystify him by mentioning a lot of other articles. He then chooses his confederate, as being one with whom he may he in sympathy, and goes outside.

The player in the room then proceeds to call out, perhaps as follows: Table, Hearthrug, Piano, Footstool and Chair, Lamp, Inkstand. He then places his hand on the back of a chair and asks: “What am I touching now?” the answer will, of course, be “Chair,” because the signal word “and” came immediately before that article.

If the players are skillful there is no need for the trick to be discovered.

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Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

What am I Doing?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Child On A Swing

The players seat themselves in a row and the leader of the game takes his place behind them, beginning at the up of the row. He makes some absurd gesture and then asks the person behind whom he is standing “What am I doing?” If the player replies incorrectly, and he generally does, he is doomed to stand up and imitate in silence the gesture he could not guess, until he has leave to sit down.

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Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Riddles 2

Monday, August 13th, 2007
Kids Riddles

When dues a farmer double up a sheep without hurting it?
Answer: When he folds it.

What lives upon its own substance and dies when it has devoured itself ?
Answer: A candle.

Why is a dog biting his tail a good manager?
Answer: Because he makes both ends meet.

What thing is it that is lower with a head than without one?
Answer: A pillow.

Which is the left side of a plum-pudding?
Answer: That which is not eaten.

Answer: What letter of the alphabet is necessary to make a shoe?
The last.