190 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
Sometimes they try. to fling the potato in the basket from a distance, but if it fall short it must be picked up, and time is lost. When all have had their turn, the winners are pitted against each other until one of the two remaining contestants has proved himself the more skilful.
In summer the pleasure is doubled by having sports and games out of doors.
A soap-bubble contest is productive of fun, and is a pretty sight if the party is divided into sides and play against each other on a tennis court. Clay pipes are provided for all the players, tied with ribbons—the colours of which determine the side of their allegiance.
A large bowl of soapy water, to which has been added a tablespoonful of glycerine—which contributes to the beauty of the prismatic colours—is placed on a table near at hand.
The girls make the bubbles and the boys blow them over the net from their side, and try to prevent those of their opponents from coming over into their domain. Each bubble that floats over the net counts fifteen points to the side from which it came.
The prize should be a box of bonbons or a basket of tiny bouquets, that all the victors may alike share in the honours.
Competition may take other forms, and a prize be awarded to the one who blows the largest bubble, the one that lasts longest, for the greatest number of bubbles blown from one dip of the pipe, and for the longest chain of bubbles.
For the last a wooden pipe in the shape of a mallet is used, the head of which is a hollow tube like the stem.