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

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CARD games proper, such as Bezique and Cribbage and Whist,
, Card games and others.
do not come into the scope of this book. Nor do games such as Chess, Draughts, Halma and Backgammon. It is not that they are not good games, but that, having to be bought, their rules do not need enumerating again. And there are other bought games, such as Reversi and Spillikins and Schimmel (or Bell and Hammer), and Tiddledyvvinks and Bagatelle and Squails—perhaps the best table game of all—about the playing of which nothing is said here. There is also a new game called, not too happily, Ping-Pong, which is lawn tennis for the dining-room. For those playing it is good fun, but for those not playing it can quickly become a species of torture. The description of a few very old and favourite games with cards, and one or two new ones, is, however, given, because they can be made at home.
On page 137 will be found the simplest letter game. Letters can be used for a round game by one player making a word, shuffling it, and throwing it face upwards into the middle of the table. The winner is the player who first sees what it spells.
Distribute a box of letters among the players, dealing them face downwards. In turn each player takes up a letter at random and puts it face upwards in the middle of the table. The object of the game is to make words out of these letters. Directly a player sees a word he calls it out, and taking the letters places them in front of him, where they remain until the end of the
Letter games.
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