490 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
The "outdoor girl" of to-day, with her frank manners, her healthy-mindedness, is a distinct improvement on the Early Victorian young lady with her delicate sensibilities, her "vapours," and affectations.
At children's parties, the change is very marked. Time was when "kissing games" were the only ones favoured, and the wee things played at love and rehearsed personal preferences and jealousies as though to prepare for the larger stage of society. Now even on St. Valentine's Day all such artificialities are eschewed, and while preserving the special character of the day for the sake of novelty, the games have no premature suggestions.
A Heart Hunt makes a good beginning. As is elsewhere explained, red paper hearts, or the little white sugar-and-flour ones with red-lettered inscriptions, are hidden all about the rooms. When the preparation is made for children, it muot be remembered not to hide anything beyond the reach of short arms, and an occasional chocolate heart or one of sugar, a heart-shaped peppermint or "cookie" might vary the monotony of the "find."
A prize of a small heart-shaped bonbonniere would be appreciated by the one who finds the most hearts.
A resting game might follow, pads and pencils be distributed, and the children set to work to see which can make the most words out of the letters contained in "heart." A heart-shaped pen-wiper would answer for a prize.
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As children are not usually skilful with bow and arrow, and awkwardness or failure causes embarrassment, the following directions will be found useful:
Cut a large heart out of red cardboard two feet square.