The Gardener





Any number of children can play. One is chosen as leader and is called

the "gardener."



All the children sit in a circle and the "gardener" gives each one in

turn the name of some flower. When all are named the "gardener" stands

in the centre of the circle and tells how he has gone to the woods to

gather certain flowers; how he has transplanted them to form a lovely

garden; the care he has to take of them, and so on, telling quite a long

story and bringing in the names of all the flowers he has given to the

children.



As a flower is mentioned, the child who has that name rises, turns

around, and sits down again. Anyone who fails to rise when his flower is

named must pay a forfeit. When the gardener says something about a

bouquet, all the children rise and exchange seats. Then the "gardener"

tries to get a seat, and if he succeeds, the person who has no seat

becomes the "gardener" and the game goes on as before.





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