Archive for July, 2008

The Minister’s Cat

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Ministers Cat

This game is very similar to that of “I love my love.” Each of the players must describe the minister’s cat, going right through the alphabet to do so. “The minister’s cat is an angry cat,” says one; “an anxious cat,” says another; and so on until everyone has used an adjective beginning with “A.” Then they take the “B’s.” “The minister’s cat is a big cat,” and so on.

The leader of the game must see that no one hesitates for a word. If any one should take longer than half a minute he must pay a forfeit.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Riddles 5

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Why was the first day of Adams life the longest?
Answer: Because it had no Eve.

If an egg were found on a music-stool, what poem would it remind you of?
Answer: “The Lay of the Last Minstrel.”

Why is a schoolmaster like a shoe-black?
Answer: Because he polishes the understanding of the people.

Why is a washerwoman like a navigator?
Answer: Because she spreads her sheets, crosses the line, and goes from pole to pole.

Childrens Papercraft

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Norton Webbot Papercraft

Papercraft models are print-outs that you can download, print, cut, and put together to make colorful models that look very professional and are fun to play with.

They make for a perfect rainy day or “we’re bored! What can we do!?” kind of day.

There a lots of sites that have the print-outs, and I’ve featured a few below. Hope you enjoy them!


Norton has a few papercraft web-bots available for free as part of a campaign to raise awareness about different threats on the internet. Norton Web-Bots Paper Craft

Right now they have two templates that you can print out, cut and put together for an “Identity Theft Bot” and an “Extortion Bot.”

Sci-Fi Papercraft

Free Crates

Stones Edges has some free-sample “stock” gaming paper models of some wooden crates, tombs, and a few different sci-fi type doors. They also have a bunch of other models that you can purchase to add atmosphere to a board or d&d type game.

If you have fun with these, you might also want to check out Papercraft World – They have links and instructions for 100s of different papercraft models.

Have fun!

via boingboing

Riddles 4

Monday, July 21st, 2008

A man had twenty sick (six) sheep, and one died; how many were left?
Answer: 19.

What is that which everybody has seen but will never see again?
Answer: Yesterday.

Which is the best day for making a pancake?
Answer: Friday.

Which is the smallest bridge in the world?
Answer: The bridge of your nose.

What four letters would frighten a thief?
Answer: O I C U.

What is that which goes from London to York without moving?
Answer: The road.

Which is easier to spell fiddle-de-dee or fiddle-de-dum?
Answer: fiddle-de-dee, because it is spelt with more “e’s.”

When may a chair he said to dislike you?
Answer: When it can’t bear you.

What animal took most luggage into the Ark, and which two took the least?
Answer: The elephant, who took his trunk, while the fox and the cock had only a brush and a comb between them.

Which of the English kings has most reason to complain of his washer-woman?
Answer: King John, when he lost his baggage in the Wash.

If a bear were to go into a linen-draper’s shop, what would he want?
Answer: He would want muzzlin’.

Why is B like a hot fire?
Answer: Because it makes oil Boil.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain


Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
Kids Playing Buzz

This is a very old game, but is always a very great favorite. The more the players, the greater the fun.

The way to play it is as follows. The player: sit in a circle and begin to count in turn, but when the number 7 or any number in which the figure 7 or any multiple of 7 is reached, they say “Buzz,” instead of whatever the number may be. As, for instance, supposing the players have counted up to 12, the next player will say “13,” the next “Buzz,” because 14 is a multiple of 7 (twice 7) – the next player would then say “15,” the next “16” and the next would of course say “Buzz” because the figure 7 occurs in the number 17. If one of the players forgets to say “Buzz” at the proper time, he is out. The game then starts over again with the remaining players, and so it continues until there is but one person remaining. If great care is taken the numbers can be counted up to 70, which, according to the rules before mentioned, would of course be called Buzz. The numbers would then be carried on as Buzz 1, Buzz 2, etc., up to 79, but it is very seldom that this stage is reached.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Birds, Fruits, and Flowers

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Kids Chasing Birds

In this game every one in the company has to describe in a riddle, First a bird, then a fruit, and finally a flower. The others must guess. Whoever guesses the most is the winner of the game.

Here are examples of the riddles:

BIRD: Although a bird I mm part of a plant.
Answer: STORK. (Stalk).

FRUIT: Although a single specimen, I am really two.
Answer: PEAR.

FLOWERS: Although usually white, I am always described as rose colored in hue.
Answer: PINK.

Image © Martini Captures @ Flickr, Attribution

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

The Cook Who Doesn’t Like Peas

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Kids Cooking

One of the players commences the game by saying to his neighbor, “I have a cook who doesn’t like peas (p’s); what will you give her for dinner?”

The person addressed must avoid the letter P in his answer. For instance, he may answer, “Artichokes,” “Onions,” “Cabbage,” and “Carrots,” but he must not say “Spinach,” “Asparagus,” “Potatoes.” The question is then asked of the second player, and so on until all have replied. If a player mentions a word containing the letter P he has to pay a forfeit.

Image © tempophage @ Flickr, Attribution

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain