My Lady's Toilet
Source: Games For The Playground, Home, School And Gymnasium
Category: MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVE GAMES
_10 to 30 or more players._
This a French form of a game known in America as Spin the Platter.
Each of the players is named for some article of My Lady's toilet,
such as her gown, necklace, evening coat, slippers, bracelet, etc. All
sit in a circle except one, who stands or crouches in the center and
spins a plate or tray, at the same time saying, "My Lady wants her
necklace;" or names some other article of the toilet. The player
representing the article thus named must rush to the center and catch
the plate before it stops spinning and falls to the ground. If
successful, the player takes the place of the spinner. If
unsuccessful, she returns to her place and pays a forfeit, which is
redeemed at the end of the game. The speaker should name the different
articles while carrying on a flow of narrative, as, for instance: "My
Lady, being invited to a ball at the king's palace, decided to wear
her _blue gown_. With this she called for her _silver slippers_, her
_white gloves_, her _pearl necklace_, and a _bouquet_ of roses. As the
evening was quite cool, she decided to wear her _white opera coat_,"
etc. The speaker will make several opportunities for introducing
mention of the ball, and whenever she says anything about the ball,
all the players must jump up and change places, the spinner trying to
secure one for herself in the general confusion. One odd player will
be left without a place, and she becomes spinner. When boys are
playing, they may appropriately take the parts of carriage, horses,
footmen, the escort, etc.
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