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Source: Games For The Playground, Home, School And Gymnasium

_2 to 60 or more players._

_Parlor; playground; schoolroom._

"I'm the wee Bologna Man.
Always do the best you can,
To follow the wee Bologna Man."

A leader who can be very brisk in movement and resourceful in ideas
stands in front of the other players and repeats this verse rapidly,
imitating each time he repeats the verse some one action
characteristic of the members of a band. For instance, the first time
he may go through the pantomime of playing a fife; the next time,
without any pause between, he may imitate the beating of a drum; the
next, playing a fiddle, trombone, flute, cymbals, triangle, imitate
the drum major, etc. All of the other players follow his movements.

The sport will depend largely upon the rapidity of the time and the
vivacity that is put into the movements.

The head players in the different lines of seats
should take turns in being the Bologna Man, and the movements should
be such as will afford effective exercise. For instance, the first
player will stand and repeat the verse while hopping on one foot, the
entire class joining in the hopping. The moment he is through, the
leader of the next row should jump up, face the class, and repeat the
verse, going through some other motion, such as hopping on the other
foot; he, in turn, to be succeeded by the next leader, etc. Many
gymnastic movements will suggest themselves, such as jumping on both
feet, jumping forward down the aisle frog fashion, jumping high in
place, running in place, stretching the arms out sideways and bending
sideways like a walking beam, whirling both arms around like a
windmill, taking a dance step, etc.

This is one of the Scotch plays, and like most Scotch things of
the sort, should be done in brisk time.

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