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Thimble Game

Source: Games Without Music For Children

Each child should have a thimble, and the teacher should have one also.
A short conversation about the thimble should precede the game--how it
is smooth inside and rough outside. What makes it rough? What are the
little holes for? Which is the rim? &c.

(The teacher, if facing the children, should use the left hand for

[1]Pretty little thimble,
[2]In your cradle go,
[3]I will rock you gently,
Gently to and fro.

Now I [4]toss and [5]catch you,
[6]Up and down and [7]up;
[8]Next I hold my thimble
Like a little cup.

[9]On the right thumb place it,
Is that right? [10]oh, no!
[11]On your longest finger
[12]Should the thimble go.

[1] Hold thimble up between thumb and forefinger of right hand.

[2] Put thimble in left hand, which should be held palm upward and bent
to form a cradle.

[3] Sway left hand from left to right.

[4, 5, 6, 7] Toss thimble and catch it.

[8] Hold thimble, rim upwards, between thumb and forefinger of left

[9] Place thimble on right thumb.

[10] Take thimble off.

[11] Hold up middle finger of right hand.

[12] Place thimble on proper finger.


(N.B. In this game, as in No. 8, the teacher, as she faces the scholars,
should use her left hand each time the children use the right.)

If the children have been taught the use of the thimble (Game No. 8),
they should wear it during this game.


Little children, clean and bright,
Show your [1]left hand, show your [2]right,
[3]Left forefinger, that will do,
[4]Place your sewing round it, so.

[5]Needle in your right hand hold,
All should do just what is told;
When the number One I call,
[6]Take a stitch, dear children all.

[7]Two, we show the stitch so neat,
[8]Just to see it is a treat.
[9]Three, we push the needle's eye
With our thimble carefully.

[10]Four, we draw the needle out,
Minding well what we're about.
Thread from needle need not slip,
If a good look-out we keep.

After practising this game several times, the children will be ready for
the sewing drill given on p. 270, 'Kindergarten Guide.'

[1] Hold left hand up.

[2] Hold right hand up.

[3] Hold up forefinger of left hand vertically.

[4] Hem of pinafore or pocket handkerchief to be placed round left

[5] Hold up right hand with thumb and forefinger in position as if
holding needle.

[6] Pretend to take a stitch.

[7] Hold up sewing with both hands.

[8] Hem in position (see No. 4).

[9] Pretend to push needle (which is supposed to be in the hem) with

[10] Pretend to draw needle out.

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