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pleasant sports to be enjoyed out of
doors. But the tug-of-war comes with
rainy weather. Then something new and
interesting must be planned to occupy the
children's time and attention, and for boys
and girls of varying ages there are many
varieties of pleasant and instructive occu-
pations to be enjoyed with scissors and

Little girls from eight to twelve may
give a tk Reception to Royalty," by collect-
ing pictures of kings and queens, emperors
and empresses, princes and princesses
of various royal courts. While cutting

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them out carefully, and preparing them so
that they may stand alone, mamma may
tell them the story of their royal lives and
something about the country and people
where they live. The "stauders" are
made by pasting a strip of moderately
thick paper or pasteboard an inch wide,
perhaps, full length at the back of the
picture. Let the pasteboard broaden at
the heel ; cut it an inch beyond the toe.
When partly dry, bend at the heel to
form a right angle. The figures will then
stand quite firmly, and may be moved
from place to place.

When a sufficient number of people are
made ready for the reception, then the
blue-room furniture at the White House
(stationers sell these pictures at a penny
or two a sheet) may be cut out in the
same way, and, with the necessary for-
malities of presentation, the reception may
go on. Little girls who have a taste for
millinery, dress-making, or doll-dressing
may cut out all sorts of hats, bonnets, and
garments, and arrange for a spring or fall

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Boys of the same age may purchase
an endless variety of soldiers. Army and
navy officers, artillery companies, army
wagons, ambulances, etc., also pictures of
famous war generals and their staff officers ;
in fact, a complete set of classified pictures
may be secured for representing an army.
These, cut out carefully and strengthened
with " standers," as described above, fur-
nish material for many a well-fought battle.
The instruments of slaughter, a couple of
bean-blowers manipulated by two small
boys. Brigadier-generals both valorous
and famous, fallen heroes carried off the
field in ambulances, horses and men fall-
ing on every side, the quick return to life
of entire companies, and the rapid "set-
ting up " preparatory to a new encounter,
are all interesting to small boys. Fences,
trees, rocks, hills, horses, tents, and the
pleasant bivouac scene may all be played
by preparing the required pictures. Boys
who have a taste for animals and birds
may prepare extensive "Zoos."



CHILDREN never tire of ring games-
They like the simple ones best those
that do not tax the memory to any great
extent. They prefer something with a
catching swing in the rhythm, carrying
the same words through many verses, with
just enough verbal change to indicate the
progress of the game.


THE game of flowers is simple and sweet.
It is played similar to " London Bridge."
Two children stand opposite each other and
raise their joined bap is. Those forming
the ring pass under, while all keep saying
or singing, suiting the action to the words
they sing : -

" We 're looking about for a daffodil,

A daffodil, a daffodil :
We're looking about for a daffodil;
We've found one here."

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At the word " here" the raised arms come
down and inclose the head of the child
who happens at that moment to be passing
underneath their hands. Then all sing:

" We find one here, we fiud one here ;
We 're looking about for a daffodil,
And find one here."

' ' Daffodil " now takes the place of one of
the children who caught him or her, then
calls out, " Buttercup." The children all
understand that buttercup, instead of daffo-
dil, is the word, so they make the lines :

" We 're looking about for a buttercup,
A buttercup, a buttercup," etc.

The leader may hold a bouquet and give to
each child the flower chosen.

The next child. " Buttercup," being duly
"found," takes the place of "Daffodil,"
and the child who has held that place goes
into the ring. The newcomer calls out the
name of some flower, like bright bluebell,
daisy flower, or mignonette, and substitut-
ing that word they sing as before. Each
child tries to be ready with the name of


some favorite flower, and the game may

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close when each child flower has been


A GAMP: in which the children can run is
always a favorite. u Fox" is another ring
play, so easy that the smaller children can
play it without help. One of the child
"foxes" stays outside the ring and slyly
slaps the shoulder of one of the children.
"Fox" runs to the left, the child to the
dght. They meet, pass each other going
at full speed around the ring. The one
<vho gets back to the " den" (the place in
the ring where the child was standing) may
hold that place, and the other must be the
fox and try a race with some other child.


THE magic bridge is another popular
game. The children join hands and form
in a ring. If the number is large there
should be four "bridges" at the quarter
points of the ring, these being numbered
one, two, three, and four, one opposite
three and two opposite four. The bridge*
are formed by two children who raise their

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joined hands for the others to pass under,
The pianist leads with a bright, familiar
air, and the children all follow the tune,
singing tra-la-la, tra-la-la, as the} 7 dance
and skip along, keeping step to the rnusic.
They go one or more times around in a
circle, then the leader indicates where a
"bridge' 1 is to be made. Two children
raise their joined hands, and the two chil-
dren standing opposite in the ring cross the
centre of the circle. All the others follow-
ing after, pass under the " bridge." Then,
turning to right and left respectively, the two
lines follow the path of the circle as formed
first, meet, join hands again, and a new circle
is formed. Another "bridge" appears as
if by magic, and the children opposite it
lead again through it, the while keeping the
merry measure with song and dance. This
is one of the prettiest of dancing games,
which it is not necessary to " know how "
to do; they learn it as they go.


" JINGLE BELLS " is another frolic which
pleases the little ones. Let mamma or the

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hostess harness up the children for a
"team." They have a string of small
bells around tneir necks, and a cambric
or tarlatan rope is used for the "tackle"
the children taking hold of it by twos,
except the last in line, who acts as
" driver." The pianist plays the well-
known college glee, " Jingle bells, jingle
bells, jingle all the way," and the children
trot away at a merry pace. The leaders
hurry on, making devious turns to right
and left, supposably through snowdrifts
and over high hills and down in deep
valleys. The children sing the chorus, and
the trip proves so delightful that they are
never ready to stop until a long journey
has been made.

The above games may all be successfully
played by a large party of children.


LITTLE folk delight much in games of
action. Jack Frost understands children
pretty well, so he gives them plenty of
lively exercise when he comes along. The
leader need not describe the game before-

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hand to the players, but all may form in
a large ring, and the children be divided
into groups of ten. To each ten an adult
should be assigned, who can assist the little
people should they need help in understand-
ing the game as it progresses. Let each
group face the centre of the room, where
the leader stands, and place each number
one at the left end of each section.

The leader claps her hands together and
calls out, " Where is Jack Frost? " A boy
dressed (or not) to represent his icy king-
ship, runs around the ring and swings a
wand touching number one of each section
on the right hand. Each number one turns
to the left and says to number two, "Jack
Frost came this way." Number two asks,
" What did he do? " Number one replies,
" He nipped my right hand, oh! ' Imme-
diately number one shakes the right hand
violently. Number two turns to number
three and says, "Jack Frost came this
way." Number three inquires, " What did
he do? " Number two replies, "He nipped
my right hand, oh!" Number two begins
to shake violently its frost-bitten hand and

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number one continues the shaking. This
goes on in the same way intil number ten
is reached. By that time everybody in the
room is shaking a frosty right hand, which
must be kept still shaking while Juck Frost
again goes flying around the room and
touches the left hand of each number one.
Then, as before, number two is told by
number one that Jack Frost came this way,
and that he nipped his or her left hand.
Then, by the same process, word is carried
by repeated questions and answers and
hand-shaking to number ten, until every-
body in the room is shaking two frost-
bitten hands.

Jack Frost again flies around and nips
the right foot of each number one, and a
right foot is added to the shaking mem-
bers. Then later a left foot; then two feet
together; and the children are all shaking
their hands and hopping up and down upon
both feet. Then the right ear is nipped,
and the hand-shaking and jumping go on
with the head turned down upon the right
shoulder. The left ear falls a victim, and
the head turns upon the left shoulder. The

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last round inquires, "Has Jack Frost bitten
you enough ? " The reply is affirmative, and
the heads jerks assent. It must be under-
stood that at no moment during the entire
game do the players cease from shaking
each part of the body that has been nipped
with frost.


SHAKERS is a game which children of all
ages enjoy. A ring is formed, including
the whole company. The leader explains
the game somewhat, and begins singing,
adapting the words to the descending
musical scale :

" I put my right hand in " (toward the centre of ring),
" I put my right hand out " (turn body square about

and thrust arm out),
" I give my right hand shake, shake, shake " (suit

action to words),
" And I turn myself about " (turn square about to face

centre of ring).

Then the action song goes on :

" I put my left haiid in,
I put my left hand out,
I give my left hand shake, shake s shake," etc,

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Succeeding verses change a& follows: " I
put my two hands in," then "my right
foot," "my left foot," "my two feet"
(jumping), one after the other. This is a
pleasant go-to-bed game for small children.

Children are also delighted with action
that represents different kinds of labor.
They are naturally imitative, and the leader
needs but to start the different movements
and the little people will at once join in.
Take the different movements of the hay-
maker, for instance. He swings the scythe,
he tosses the hay in spreading, he rakes it,
he sits down to rest, he eats his lunch, he
drinks cool milk, he takes a noon nap, he
wakes up, pitches the hay upon the cart,
he calls haw, haw, haw ! gee, gee, gee ! to
the oxen, he swings a whip, and when the
loads are all in he claps his hands for joy.
Each motion the children can imitate, and
they do this, keeping time to music.


Ax exhilarating game of bean-bags may
be played indoors, as there is no tossing

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nor throwing. First there should be a
dozen red and a dozen blue bean-bags
made. Each bag should be made of
strong material, and in size ten inches
long by seven wide, and be filled about
half full of beans. Among a company of
boys and girls two leaders and an umpire
should be chosen. The leaders should
choose sides, and the ones chosen should
take their places behind the leaders, all
facing the same direction, so as to form
two columns of players the dozen blue
bags placed on a chair in front of the
leader of the "blues," and the red bags
placed in front of the leader of the
"reds." There should be the same num-
ber of children in each column, and at
the lower ends of the columns should be
placed chairs on which to receive the bags.
When the last bag has passed down to the
end of the column the players should right-
about-face, so that the ones at the foot of
the lines may become leaders in sending
the bags back to the place of starting.
There are five orders :

Pass bags with right hand. Pass bags

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with left hand. Pass bags with both hands
over the head. Pass bags with right hand
over the left shoulder. Pass bags with left
hand over the right shoulder.

Before beginning the contest a few trial
orders should be given, so that each player
shall fullv understand the game, as one

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dull player will lose the game for the
most active side. When only one hand
is used in passing bags the other hand
should be placed on chest or hip, so that
the umpire can see that there is no unfair-
ness. When the twelve bags have been
the length of the columns and back to
the chair from which they were taken the
leader shouts "out," and scores a round
for the "blues" or k 'reds," whichever it
may be. The side that reports the most
"outs" is, of course, the winning side,
and each player should be decorated with
a buttonhole bouquet. As the game is
exhilarating, cooling refreshments should
be served. The bags may be filled with
peanuts, and opened when time for refresh-
ments comes, if the game is played out-of-



IN the number of guests children's parties
may range from two to two hundred. The
invitations should always be sent out in the
name of the child fbr whom the party is
given, and the delight of sending and
receiving the invitations is increased a


hundred-fold if tiny note paper be used
for their inscription. Children's parties
should be held not later in the day than
4 P. M., and should continue for either two
or three hours. Three to six are the ideal
hours for such an entertainment, as the little
guests then reach home in time for bed.


THE party itself, in the minds of children,
is invariably the supper, and especially that
part of it which consists of ice cream.


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From the following list of dishes, which
are available for children's suppers, menus
which are attractive and hygienic may be
readily compiled : Bouillon, hot and cold ;
oyster stew, creamed chicken, cold chicken,
chicken croquettes, rice croquettes, finger
rolls, thin slices of bread and butter,
chicken sandwiches ; chocolate and vanilla
ice cream, lemon and orange water ice,
orange and lemon jelly, charlotte russe,
sugar cookies, lady fingers, sponge-cake,
cup-cake, and small chocolate cakes.

The soups should be served if possible in
fancy bouillon cups with an accompaniment
of crackers. Creamed chicken should be
served in fancy paper patty cases. Bread
should be sliced very thin, evenly buttered,
and then cut into fancy shapes, circles, and
diamonds. Sandwiches should be rolled or
cut into the same fancy shapes. Ice creani
is especially welcome when served in indi-
vidual forms. Home-made desserts, such
as blanc mange and jelly, are also most
attractive if made in little individual forms.
Cakes should be small and generously iced.
Chocolate is the drink par excellence^ espe-

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cially when served in after-dinner coffee-
cups. If fruit is served at all it should be
very ripe and sweet. Candies should be of
the simplest kind, those containing nuts,
figs, dates, raisins, etc., being avoided.
Nothing gives a child more pleasure than
the old-fashioned paper motto candies.


THE arrangement of the table must re-
ceive special attention. Great success is
obtained by using four or more small tables
arranged as a hollow square. The children
are then readily waited upon, and more
easily kept in order should the party in-
clude any especially mischievous boys.
Flowers may be dispensed with, unless
boutonnieres and small bouquets are distri-
buted at each place. When this is done,
and tiny guest cards with " Brownie " deco-
rations used, the little folks' delight is much
increased. High chairs must be provided
for the smallest guests, unless low tables are
used for these mites; in which case small
chairs, bibs, mugs, and spoons are also in
order. If fruit is to be eaten, allow it to be

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used as decoration, serving each variety by
itself on low flat dishes ornamented with
natural leaves. The candies and cakes also
should appear on the table, as they add
greatly to its decorative effect. The sand-
wiches and bread and butter should be
served lavishly on a number of small dishes,
so as to permit one dish to be available to
every four guests.


after the supper in order of impor-
tance, but before it in point of time, comes
the entertainment provided. If any special
form has been arranged the invitations
should so announce it - " Spider Web,"
" Punch and Judy," " Candy Pull," " Soap
Bubble," or " Fish Pond " being written in
the lower left-hand corner of the invitation.
For a " Spider- Web Party " quite elaborate
preparations are needed. From the central
chandelier of the parlor should depend a
large brown spider, whose back is suffi-
ciently hollowed to contain a gilded spool,
about which should be wound the ends of
innumerable tinsel cords, the lines of cords

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interlaced and wound about so as to make
a gigantic web which -will stretch through
two or three rooms and even up a staircase,
always ending behind some chair, picture,
couch, or table, and always having at the
end an inexpensive gift of a toy or a box
of candy.


FOR a " Punch and Judy " show an enter-
tainer is usually provided. A " Candy
Pull" must be given in a kitchen, and for
this molasses, sugar, and butter must be
provided in large quantities. Several
bright saucepans and a clear fire are
necessarv, as well as two or three grown

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people to superintend the actual candy
cooking. Plenty of aprons must also be
at hand, and unlimited good nature.

For a "Soap-Bubble Party" a long,
narrow table should be covered with a
trebly-folded blanket, over which should be
placed a sheet. As many small basins -
papier mache are best - - must be supplied
as there are children, and several extra
clay pipes to allow for breakage. The

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suds may be prepared the day before from
Castile soap. If a little glycerine be added
the bubbles will gain in tenacity and bril-
liancy. Care must be taken to keep the
fluid tightly corked until it is needed.
Prizes may be awarded for the longest, the
shortest, the greatest number at one blow,
the largest and the smallest bubbles blown.
The pipes, of course, which may be deco-
rated with ribbon, should be carried home
as souvenirs.


A ' ' FISH POND " is a large tub or clothes-
basket in which are various small packages
so tied that a loop is left in each. A fish-
ing rod with a good-sized hook is provided,
and each child given a certain number <!*
opportunities to capture the gifts.


A " DONKP:Y PARTY'' is, of course, wrll
known; an "Elephant Party' 1 is of the
same kind, where the attempt is made
when blindfolded to properly place the
trunk, and a "Nose Party" is one where

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the attempt to locate the nose on a huge
face is made. These parties afford great
merriment, and if prizes are offered for the
nearest and the furthest attempts, special
incentives for proficiency and consolation
for inaptness are provided. Magic-lantern
exhibitions are always appreciated, as are
the efforts of a prestidigitateur.


AN "Auction Sale" gives great fun to
its participants. Each child is provided
with a small basket or bag containing fifty
dried beans. A large basket containing
parcels of every shape and size is brought
in, and an older person selected as aucti -
eer. These packages may contain things
of value and of no value, of use and of no
u>e. but in everv case their identity mu-t

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be hidden by their wrappings. The auc-
tioneer, who has no knowledge of the
contents of the parcels, must proceed to
describe with great imagination the articles
for sale, trying to guess from the shape
what the articles may be. The children
bid their beans for the parcels, each bean

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representing one cent, each article being
sold at auction to the highest bidder.


FOR those children who simply love
games the old-fashioned party is revived.
Two older persons are needed to success-
fully manage such an affair, both being
persons who can sing, and one able to
play the piano. u Going to Jerusalem " is
a great favorite. A row of chairs num-
bering one less than the number of par-
ticipants in the game is arranged with the
backs alternating. The children are then
seated, the extra child standing at one end
as leader. The pianist plays a gay tune,
to which the children march around the
chairs. The pianist then stops suddenly
in the middle of a phrase, and every one,
including the leader, scrambles for a chair,
the person left over being out of the game.
A chair is then removed and the march
continues, a person and a chair being re-
moved with each tune. When there are
but two contestants and one chair the
struggle is exciting and amusing. The

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person who gains the chair has succeeded
in getting to "Jerusalem."

Another well-known game is "Stage
Coach," which may be varied by a
''Mother Goose" story, in which the
children are given the names of various
characters in "Mother Goose," the narra-
tive concerning them requiring the same
recognition of characters as in "Stage
Coach," "Mother Goose flew away"
being the synonym for "the stage coach
broke down." "Oats, Peas, Beans," is an
old-fashioned but very enjoyable game.
"Miss Jennie Jones" and " Here We Go
Round the Mulberry Bush " are much alike,
but sufficiently different to prove very en-
tertaining. The old game of "Can You
Dance Lobi?" is very mirth-inspiring.
"Drop the Handkerchief," "Puss in. the
Corner," " Pass the Slipper," and "Who's
Got the Button?" are great fun. "Pil-
lows and Keys "is a famous old game.
" Clap-in, Clap-out " is another enjoyable

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WHERE the guests are all over ten years
of age a progressive party is much appre-
ciated. Tables seating six should be pro-
vided, also tally cards, which should be
similarly decorated in groups of three with
ribbon. Pink, blue, red, yellow, purple,
and white are good colors to use in each
case, the three persons who play together
being designated by having the same
colors. "Lotto " and "Authors," or other
like games, may be played at alternating
tables, the points being counted accord-
ing to a system carefully explained to the
children. The winners should progress
from table to table, the three children
progressing the greatest number of times,
and the three progressing the least, secur-
ing prizes. This amusement must not be
attempted with children younger than ten,
as, in the first place, it does not furnish
entertainment to minds younger than that,
and further, great disquiet and dispute will
follow the prize awarding. For children
younger than that the ' ' Caucus Race "

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principle must be observed " everybody
must win and all must have prizes."


ONE little girl of nine did so want to
have a real birthday party, but when peo-
ple live in the country it is not always easy
to plan and prepare for company. Nan-
nie's mamma, however, finally hit on a plan
which is worth telling and worth copying.
Down she went to the village store and
bought a dozen and a half bright tin patty-
pans, nine tin cups, and some tiny note
paper and envelopes, and that same day
Nannie wrote eight invitations as follows:

MY DEAR FBIEND: Next Tuesday is my birth-
day. I am nine. Come over and play with me at
my party at three o'clock in the afternoon. Be sure

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