Source: What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games And Pastimes
Category: PLAYING ALONE, AND GAMES IN BED
All kinds of balancing games are excellent when you are alone and
tired of toys. There is no way to acquire proficiency in these but by
practice, but practice is fascinating work. Try balancing at first a
long pole (an old broom-stick handle will do) on the palm of your
hand, then on your finger, then on your chin and forehead. The longer
the pole, the easier to balance it. Remember one golden rule. Keep
your eyes on the top of the pole.
Then try balancing a whole broom, or a chair. The practice of
balancing is excellent for training yourself in quickness of eye and
Of course bricks and soldiers and ninepins, as well as balls (see p.
139), are more interesting when more than one person plays; but one
can pass the time very well with them.
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