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Crossing The Brook
_5 to 60 or more players._ _Playground; gymnasium; schoo...

This can scarcely be called a game, but the use of the sucker...

Apple Paring
Each guest, receiving apple and knife, is requested to peel a...

Bag And Stick
A good blind game for a Christmas party is "Bag and Stick." A...

Variegated Roses
Pass pencils and slips of paper to the guests with the follow...

The Apprentice
The "Apprentice" is an old game for two or any number. One sa...

Boundary Ball
_10 to 100 players._ _Playground; gymnasium._ _Basket...

Blind Man's Buff
_10 to 30 or more players._ _Parlor; gymnasium; playgrou...

Counting-out Rhymes

Source: What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games And Pastimes

To decide who is to begin a game there are various counting-out
rhymes. All the players stand in a circle, surrounding the one who
counts. At each pause in the rhyme (which occurs wherever a stroke has
been placed in the versions which follow) this one touches the players
in turn until the end is reached. The player to whom the last number
comes is to begin. This is one rhyme:--

Eena-a, deen-a, dine-a, dust,
Cat'll-a, ween-a, wine-a, wust,
Spin, spon, must be done,
Twiddlum, twaddlum, twenty-one.
O- U- T spells out.


Intery, mintery, cutery corn,
Apple seed and apple thorn;
Wine, brier, limber lock,
Five geese in a flock;
Sit and sing by a spring
O- U- T and in again.

One-ery, two-ery,
Ziccary zan;
Hollowbone, crack-a-bone,
Ninery, ten;
Spittery spot,
Must be done,
Twiddledum, twaddledum,

Ring around a ring-pot,
One spot two spot three spot san
Bob-tailed winnie-wack tittero tan
Ham Scram
Fortune man
Singum sangum Buck!

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