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A Book Of Suggestions For Children's Games And Employments.

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What Shall We Do Now?
For this game sheets of paper are handed round and each player draws at the top of his sheet a head. It does not matter in the least whether it is a human being's or a fish's head, a quad­ruped's, a bird's, or an insect's. The paper is then turned down, two little marks are made to show where the neck and body should join, and the paper is passed on for the body to be supplied. Here again it does not matter what kind of body is chosen. The paper is then folded again, marks are made to show where the legs (or tail) ought to begin, and the paper is passed on
bodies, and
After the legs are drawn the picture is finished.
Pictures to order.
Each player sits, pencil in hand, before a blank sheet of paper, his object being to make a picture containing things chosen by the company in turn. The first player then names the thing that he wants in the picture. Perhaps it is a tree. He therefore says, " Draw a tree," when all the players, himself included, draw a tree. Perhaps the next says, " Draw a boy climbing the tree" ; the next, " Draw a balloon caught in the top branches" ; the next, " Draw two little girls looking up at the balloon " ; and so on, until the picture is full enough. The chief interest of this game resides in the difficulty of finding a place for everything that has to be put in the picture. A comparison of the drawings after­wards is usually amusing.
Pictures and titles
Each player draws on the upper half of the paper an historical scene, whether from history proper or from family history, and appends the title, writing it along the bottom of the paper and folding it over. The drawings are then passed on and each player writes above the artist's fold (or on another sheet of paper) what he thinks they are meant to represent, and folds the paper over what he has written. In the accompanying example the title at the bottom of the paper is what the draughtsman himself wrote ; the others are the other players' guesses.
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