162 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
observed, not necessarily a rough amusement, and has the charm of povelty at least.
Any member can join in the game, the player who leads saying to the one on his left: "I see something which rhymes with brass. What is it ?" The time given for reply is while ten may be counted rapidly. If the person addressed fails, the guess is open to all. The one who gives correct answer first changes places with the one who missed and gives the next rhyming word, which may be any article, place, or person in the room for which there is a word to rhyme. This seems very nonsensical, but a trial of it will show that it is really very funny after all. Children's ideas of rhyming are oftentimes as odd and original as they are far from the mark.
This same example of the word "brass" being given, may serve to show how the game may be made more or less difficult. If it be desired to make it easy for little folk, "glass" will be accepted as the correct answeró but one may insist upon the special rhyme that one has thought of for older ones, and "lass" will prove more puzzling. A boy once thought of "ass," applying it to himself for not being brighter at the game.
Here is a contest for very little ones for the Fourth of July:
A small flag is placed in the centre of a flower-pot filled with sand or earth. Each child, in turn, then has to remove a little sand from the pot on a stick, without upsetting the flag or at all impairing its upright position. At each attempt they all cry, "Take care !"