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THE PARTY TWINS

AND THEIR
FORTY PARTIES,
PLAYS AND GAMES

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Aladdin,

Red Riding Hood and

the Three Bears

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The^rlyjwins
and
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Forty RrliesPlays andGames
by

Laura Rountree Smith

Pictures b_y

Helen Frances Lyon
PUBLISHERS
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ALBERT WHITMAN COMPANY
CHICAGO
1924

THE PARTY TWINS
AND THEIR FORTY
PARTIES, PLAYS AND GAMES
Copyright 1923 by Albert

Whitman Company

Chicago, U. S. A.
Second Printing 1924

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INTRODUCTION
MOTHER EVER SAY TO YOU,

DID

CAN WE PLAN OUT SOMETHING NEW?
In this book the Twins, Penny Party and
Polly-Play Party, two very lively children, lived

with Uncle Party, and Grandmother Play, in

an old-fashioned house, and they

all

planned

and played many interesting things together.

Many games and

stories are introduced.

the latter, appear such

Story,"

titles as,

Among

"A Toy-Shop

"The Cookie Man," "Shy Susan's

day Cake,"

etc.

This book

is

of value to parents and teach-

ers, as

well as being useful to children

to get

up

For use

Birth-

who want

parties themselves.
in

home, school, Sunday School and

Library.

Welcomed by
little

"Little

Miss Entertainer" and

"Sir Please-Play" alike.

NOW

we'll give invitation hearty,
to our very own play-time party.

The Party Twins go
in

With

han<

hand,

you under

invitations

stand,
If

you will come

they'll en

tertain,

With many

story,

a

son:

and game,

Peep over

my

shoulder am

take a look,

At

Party Twins owi
Story Book.

the

CONTENTS
Pag
Birthday Party
The Cookie Party
The Peanut Party
An Easter Party
The Fairy Tale Party
A Toy Party
A Out Door Carnival
The Circus Party
A May Day Party
An Alphabet Party
An April Party
The Kite Party
The Bird Party
A Fourth of July Party
A Mother Goose Party
A Button Card Party
An Animal Cracker Party
The Post Office Party

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6
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CONTENTS

(Continued)

The Soap Bubble Party
The Postal Party
The Sun Flower Party

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p

Black Cat Party
The Flower Party
The Rag Doll Party
The Puppet Show Party
The Pea Stick Party
The Wooden Party
The Musical Party
The Paper Bag Party
An Old Time Party
A Shadow Play Party
The Silhouette Party
A Valentine Party
An Apple Party
The Halloween Party
A Thanksgiving Party
The Christmas Party
A New Year's Party
The Parasol Party
A Pillow Party

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122

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,.

book contains directions

for forty

different kinds of parties for children.

It tells

This

how

to

little

write invitations, serve

decorate,

refreshments,

and entertain the happy

little

guests.

Carrying their boxes of Animal Crackers

THE PARTY TWINS

Eight candles upon

it

A BIRTHDAY PARTY
The Party Twins heard mother
" 'Tis

sigh

7

somebody's birthday, my, oh my!

What

shall

we

serve?

What

shall

we do?

Can any one tell us something new?"
The Twins were thoughtful, I heard them
say,

"Perhaps we can give a Birthday Play."

The Twins, Penny Party and Polly-Play
Party, made invitations and drew in the corner
of each a picture of a Birthday cake with eight
candles upon it, for they were eight years old.

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On

each invitation they wrote,

"To our Birthday Party come and
At an early hour on Saturday,

We

play,

card to you,
So please come promptly here at two."
send this

little

—place.)

(Hoar

tal

For place card they got pretty Birthday poscards a penny each, and on them they wrote,

"May your Birthday be glad, my dear,
And tho' it comes but once a year,
We'll form a ring, we'll dance and sing,
And happiness each hour will bring."

The Twins made up a game. It was called
"The Clock and the Mouse." The children
stood in a circle and chose the Mouse and

who ran around inside the circle.
The Mouse stops by any child, saying,

Clock,

nibble this candle."

The Clock
"Not

follows

him

saying,

a single bite you'll take,

This candle

is

for a Birthday Cake."

""fwinrK wi

"I'll

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The Mouse goes from one

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child to another,

saying he will nibble a candle at the top, or

bottom or blow it out, and the Clock always
lows with the same remark.

fol-

Suddenly the Clock says
"Every one in the house I'll wake,
This Candle is for a Birthday Cake."

At the word "Cake," those
and the Mouse and Clock try

in the circle

sit

to get a seat, if

who were too slow to be
new Mouse and Clock and

they do so, the ones

become the
game continues any length of

seated,

the

time.

Another pretty game they made was

called,

"The Birthday Candle."
children stood in a circle, and chose one
of their number to stand inside with the candle.
All sing to the tune of "Twinkle Little Star."

The

Will you tell how old you are,
So we'll make no mistake,
Will you tell how old you are,
So we'll have a Birthday Cake?

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Any child skipped to the center and the
with the candle guessed her age,

changed

correct, they

places.

When
circle

if

child

guessed correctly the children in the

clapped hands and
"The

secret

is

For (Mary)

out,

said,

now

really

is

it is

told,

(eight) years old."

Another time they played the game

this

way

A child with a candle skipped round the circle while all the children

"Who

to the

same tune,

will get a candle bright,

Close your eyes,

Who

sang

make no

mistake,

will get a candle bright,

Lighted on his Birthday Cake."

They turn and the child has dropped the
candle behind some one, who will now take his
place. They say as they turn, clapping hands:
"Clap one

We

in,

clap one out,

will turn round about."

After the wonderful Birthday Cake was
served with ice cream, Old Grandmother Party
gathered the children round her and told about

Shy Susan's Birthday Party.

The

story began:

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Once upon a time there was a shy little
who had never had a Birthday cake, and she
when she was nearly eight years old:
"If
T

I

had

a cake,

know no

I'm

girl

said

sorry, quite,

friends to invite."

The Laughing Wind
"Now it's too bad if
You might make

called after her:
that

is so,

a friend today,

you know."

Shy Susan went into the woods singing:

"A

Birthday Party would be such fun,
I'll be a friend to every one."

She met Old Mother Rough-Coat, the Bear,
carrying an arm full of wood, and she said, politely

:

"I will carry
If

it

to the

you will only be

bend,

my

1

friend.'

Old Mother Rough-Coat was glad
you may be

of help,

sure.

Next, Shy Susan met Little-Tail the Rabbit,
puffing and blowing,

"My

fur and whiskers, without doubt,

This cabbage

is

difficult to roll out."

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He was trying to

cabbage
Shy Susan laughed and said,
roll a

to his

home

"Ha, ha, a helping hand I'll lend,
If you will only be my friend."

She picked up the cabbage and carried
Little-Tail, all the

for

way home.

days and days, Shy Susan
friends with woodland animals and did
kindnesses for them.

So

it

for

made
little

She helped Chatter-Box, the Squirrel store
nuts away.

She helped Old Who- Who, the Owl, find his
gold rimmed spectacles, and every hour her
Birthday drew nearer and nearer.

The Laughing Wind went

calling through

the woods,

"Here is something I am told,
Shy Susan is almost eight years old,
I hope some one knows how to bake
For she never had a Birthday Cake."

"Never had a Birthday Cake," cried Old
Mother Rough-Coat.

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"No pink frosting/' said Little-Tail.
"No candles," said Chatter-Box.

Now

all this

time Old

"Who, who, who?"

Who-Who

just called

until all the animals

knew

was asking who would make the Birthday
Cake as a surprise for Shy Susan.
Old Mother Rough-Coat said at last.
she

"In

bowl

a

I'll stir

and make

me

it

But
Ha,

you'll

ha, ha,

we

Till

we put

eight candles on the top."

have

to

help

bake

it,

will not stop,

They left the Cake at exactly the right hour
on exactly the right day, for Shy Susan, with a
card saying,

"The Wind keeps no secrets I am told,
Shy Susan you are eight years old."

Shy Susan called the animals in to eat her
Birthday Cake, for she loved them all. She said,
"I'm happy each day from beginning to end,
For I have learned how to make a friend."

The animals clapped and replied,
"We give three cheers long and hearty,
Hurrah, hurrah for the Birthday Party."

THE COOKIE PARTY
The invitations read,
"We really hope that you can plan
To meet the little Cookie Man,
He'll smile at you with his Cookie face
And show you where to take your place,

So come on (Wednesday) at half-past two
For at that hour we'll look for you."

On

each invitation is drawn a picture of the
Cookie man with round head, body, and funny
cookie arms and legs, and currant features of
course.

Children arrive

to find a large sketch of the

same Cookie Man on a cloth stretched in an
open door-way. This remarkable Cookie Man
has a wide opening for a mouth, and the children stand at a certain distance and are asked
to feed him by throwing bean-bags into his
mouth.

When

ready for the next game or stunt they
may enjoy a grab-bag from which cookies of
They now
all sizes and shapes are produced.
sit

down while

the story of

told.
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The Cookie Man

is

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Nibbled

There

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his toes

THE COOKIE MAN
once was a Cookie Man who

"I'm the Cookie Man, the Cookie
I

cried,

Man

just got out of the baking-pan.

The Family Clock
"You'd

better

listened

keep

still,"

and answered,
says

the

Family

Clock,

"Some one

Now,

the

will eat you like as not."

Cookie

Man would

not keep

still,

he just kept saying the same thing over and over.
Then very strange things began to happen.

"A little mouse came and what do you suppose
He nibbled a bit of the Cookie Man's toes.

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At

this the

Cookie

Man

shouted again,

"I'm the Cookie Man, the Cookie
I just

The Tea

Man

got out of the baking-pan."

kettle next sang,

Said the

Tea

Here comes

Kettle, "I'll bubble over,

the cat to see

what she can

dis-

cover."

The gray

came

cat

sniffing along.

She nibbled the Cookie Man up to the waist
And said, "How good a Cookie Man tastes."

Even then
still

the

Cookie

Man would

not keep

but shouted louder than ever,
"I'm the Cookie
I just

The

Man

the Cookie

Man,

got out of the baking-pan."

plates

on

the wall fairly rattled with ex-

citement,
"Said the big blue china plate,
You'll be eaten up as sure as fate."

In came the

He

ate

Then

little

up the

off

Wooly Dog.
rest of the

and away the

Cookie man,
dog ran

little

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think he would

still be alive don't you
he hadn't told everything he knew,
The Cookie Man grew again in Fairyland,
And for fear you should not understand,

I

If

Just go to the table and find

The

The

dear

children

little,

queer

now go

little,

you can
Cookie Man.

if

to the table

where

re-

freshments are served and each child finds a

Cookie

Man

by

his place.

Sandwiches, cocoa, lemon

Men,

jelly,

and Cookie

are served.

THE PEANUT PARTY
The Twins

To

a

give invitation hearty

novel Peanut Party,

Tomorrow

plan

to

come

at

one

Before the afternoon's begun.

(Hour

—place.)

The Twins planned
wrote their

own

a

Peanut Party and

invitations, with the following

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upon them and they also tied a peanut
with red ribbon on the cards they sent out.
verse

They bought many bags of peanuts and put
Each
a bag by each child's place on the table.
child had his name written on the bag, and a red
ribbon connected every bag with the light above
which gave a

the table

The

pretty effect.

children found their places and had

peanut butter sandwiches, cocoa, and candy
shaped

like peanuts.

After lunch they had a

game

of

"Hunt The

Peanut," Peanuts were hidden everywhere, and
the child

who found

the most in five minutes

received a prize.

They then

the letters in the

had the most

down and made words out of
word "peanut." The one who

sat

in a stated length of time received

a prize.

The Twins now took
story of The Peanut Boy.

turns in telling the

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THE PEANUT BOY
The Peanut Boy

And

Into a bag I

And
The

sat

on

a shelf,

thus he talked right to himself,

may have

to go,

be eaten up in a minute or so
world is large, the world is wide,

Back

of this jar

I'll

The Peanut Boy was

try to hide.
a jolly Elf

But he went to sleep high on the shelf,
Then the Peanut Boy heard a thundering
knock,

could have heard it half a block
In came a girl with dimes so many,
(The Peanut Boy never had any.)
The girl did not wish to annoy,

You

But her bright eyes found the Peanut Boy,
She took him home and I suppose,
Made him eyes, and mouth, and nose,
For this tale I heard him tell,
To the pen in my old ink-well,

The children greet him now with joy,
And cry, "Hurrah for the Peanut Boy!"

more peanuts which
they turn into real Peanut boys, and girls, by
dressing them in tissue paper, and drawing
faces upon them.

The

children are passed

AN EASTER PARTY
The Twins were
a

invited to an Easter Party.

They received invitations cut in the shape of
Bunny and containing the following verse

inside,

Bunny

gives invitation hearty,

To a little Easter party,
Come to-morrow then at
At

that

six,

hour Bunny plays his

tricks.

—place.)

(Hour
The

guests arrived for supper to find

little

candy boxes shaped like Bunnies at their plates.
After supper the hostess told this story of The
Easter Bunny.

The

Bunny once made up

Easter

to give a party,

Father

Bunny

mind
but he was very poor so, Old
his

said,

"What can you give for refreshments sonny?
You are only a poor little Easter Bunny."
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Hunting for Easter Eggs

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Old Mother Bunny
"I think your idea

For you

Now

said,

the Easter

rather funny,

is

are a poor

Bunny wanted

badly he went out and told
little Bunnies about it,
"Said one
I've a

Then he

little

Easter Bunny."

little

five

a party so

and twenty other

hoppety, skippety Bunny,

happy idea worth

a

mint of money."

told about hiding Easter eggs (for

Bunnies always have plenty of eggs at Easter
time), so all the Bunnies went home with the
Easter Bunny and hid eggs all round his house.
Back of things, and under things, and all over
the house, just like this and they began to hunt,
with one, two, three go.

grand hunt and the
children find candy eggs which they drop in a
big basket as soon as found.

Here

the story ends in a

After

all

are found, an even

number

is

given

each child. The children may receive a large
pasteboard Bunny to take home, on the back of

to

which the

storv

is

written.

THE FAIRY TALE PARTY
Penny Party planned a party in which each
guest came representing a Fairy. Refreshments
were served in the following way: Cinderella
had the pumpkin pies in a little cart representing her coach. Little Red Riding Hood had
cakes in her basket. The Three Bears had delicious soup which they served in blue bowls.
The Babes in the Woods had berries in tin cups.
Aladdin rubbed a lamp and told a Fairy Tale

when all the guests were assembled.
The children went from one booth

to an-

other as they entered and wrote on a card what
they thought the different fairies represented.

This made fun as well as guessing about each
other, as all came in fancy costume.

A

Gypsy

real Fairy

told fortunes in a tiny tent

Tale was dramatized.

This party
the season

may

makes

it

be given outdoors or

At

Fairy Tale Party
three o'clock

will

is

fun for

we hope

all,

you'll call

good as you should,
meet fairies in the woods."

If you'll be

You

in, as

convenient, and the invita-

tions contain the verse,

"A

and a

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A TOY PARTY
Penny Party and Polly Play sat down one
day and wondered what kind of a party they
could invent next.

Uncle Play talked of rocking horses and
tops and drums. Suddenly Penny Party clapped
his hands and said,
"We'll give invitation hearty
To your very own Toy Party

So bring the toy you

And come

in Plainest

—place.)

like the best,

costume dressed."

(Hour

(Overalls, aprons, straw hats

and sun bon-

nets.)

The children came with

their favorite toys

and a half hour exchange of toys was allowed.
the table every child received a small toy
with a riddle written on a card beside it to guess,
and a little toy favor was found beside the cake,

At

in the center of the ice

cream and on

the

candy

dish.

After refreshments were served Old Grandmother Play told them "A Toy-Shop Story."
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Hippety-hop, hippety-hop,
To Old Father Grim's little Toy Shop.

So sang the children day after day as they
spent their pennies and dimes and quarters for
toys that Old Father Grim made out of wood,
and cardboard, and paper.
There was a secret closet in the Toy Shop,
only Old Father Grim, and Beppo his dog knew
what was in there

Every night when the cuckoo came out and
chimed nine
Old Father Grim closed his Toy Shop door
And sat himself right down once more,
Then he said I'll enjoy myself,

And

took a key to the closet shelf,

Out of the closet came wonderful toys
That would delight all girls and boys,

And every night when the clock
He put the toys all back again.

One

night

the closet

at ten

o'clock he forgot to lock

and the toys began

Said Jack-In-The-Box

to talk.

to the

"I really wish the children

Teddy Bear

big red drum,

would come."

lonesome quite,
be locked up here day and night,"

Said

To

struck ten,

"It's

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The Wax Doll

And wept

"My

in the corner sighed,

real tears

from her

big,

round

eyes.

goodness, what do you think of that?"

Said the solemn wooden Cat.

The Curly Dog

said,

"Perhaps we'd better

Write Old Father Grim

a letter."

cunning animals wrote a letter and
they knew Old Father Grim had made them

So, those

said

long ago, but they longed for little children's
love, and could they please go in the Toy-Shop
window tomorrow.

Teddy Bear mailed the letter in the real mail
box on the corner and the toys went back to
the closet shelf

and

fell asleep.

Old Father Grim read

his letter next

day and

said,

"By my long whiskers no, no no,
The toys in the window shall not

He was

afraid

go."

some one would buy

his

favorite toys.

At

this

very

minute

Little

Nothing-to-

Spend, peeped in the Toy-Shop window, She
held Little Burst-out Shoes bv the hand.

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toys in the

window

Old Father Grim

called these children in

Then

all

for one

and

did the fun begin.

Old Father Grim unlocked the secret closet
door and took the toys down off the shelf and for
an hour the children played with them.
"This is jolly fun I do declare,"
Said the merry Teddy Bear.

Jack-In-The-Box and the big red drum
Cried, "Hurrah, hurrah, the children come."

The
And

big

Wax

Doll was willing

once or twice she tried

to

walk,

to talk.

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The Wooden Cat

said as she sat on the rug,

"It feels mighty good to have a real hug."

The Curly Dog was
At

very jolly company.

this

By and by
the

the children

Toys cried
"It

pleased as he could be

had

to

go home and

together,

was such

jolly play

Please call another day."

Old Father Grim wiped

his spectacles as the

children thanked him.
Little

We

Nothing-to-Spend said over and over

are glad this

Toy-Shop

to discover,

And merry Little Burst-Out-Shoes,
Went far and wide to carry the news
That poor little children each day at four
Might come inside and open the door,
And peep up on the closet shelf

And

down a toy and help themselves,
Grim's Shop they went to play
Father
In Old
For twelve months, a year, and a day,
Old Father Grim had no more lonesome toys
They all were well loved by girls and boys,
And Beppo spoke quite clearly for him,
"Hurrah! hurrah! for Old Father Grim!"
take

Having a race

AN OUT-DOOR CARNIVAL
Booths are easily arranged and children are
asked to come in any fancy dress costumes. The
invitations read,

An

out-door Carnival under the trees
Is very sure some folks to please,

So come

in

any fancy

Your name we

all

dress,

will try to guess.

(Hour place.)
Red Riding Hood,

Mother
Goose, Clowns and Fairies came. They had a
little circus and a gipsy who told fortunes. They
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Cinderella,

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played a game called, "The Peddler's Pack."
To play this game the children choose the
peddler who stands inside the circle they form.
He has many things beside him as a ball, book,
box,

etc.,

these articles he slowly puts into his

The

pack.

children must observe what he puts

in his pack, so

any

article

They

when

called

on they can name

contains.

it

all say,

"Peddler, peddler, what do you lack?
Peddler, peddler, what's in your pack?"

He

skips about

and stops before any child

saying,

"What's
Before

in
I

my

pack, answer

me

count, one, two, three."

must name some article in the
pack, or change places with the peddler and the

The

game

child

continues.

Refreshments can be served at a lemonade
booth, sandwich booth, etc. Childern riding on
hobby horses and having a race with kiddy cars,
add to the excitement. A doll carriage race and
hoop race is indulged in also.
Said Penny Party and Polly Play

We'd

like a Carnival every day.

THE CIRCUS PARTY
Invitations contained a colored

drawing of

a balloon in one corner and the verse.

To

the party

We'll have

come and

play,

So please come with old

For

Day,

a regular Circus

you'll be

suit

welcomed by

and gown

the Clown.

—place.)

(Hour
The

children are received by a child in

clown costume and have to search in the first
room for tickets which are hidden in every posbehind vases, in books, in baskets,
behind the clock, etc. As soon as children find
tickets they go into the next room and take a
seat, when the little audience is ready Shadow
Pictures are thrown on a sheet. These are part
of the company chosen as Circus Performers.
They stand back of the sheet to throw the shadow
while any older child directs them, and desible place,

scribes in the following

manner:

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Clown
Here
With

is

the

Clown, he came to town
and striped gown.

tiny cap

Japanese

Next comes the Lady from Japan,
With gay parasol and fan.
Tight-Rope Walker
Sing hurrah for the tight-rope walker,
She minds her steps she is no talker.

Juggler—

Tho

He

the Juggler has but two hands you see

entertains for

you and me.

Animals

The Elephant and big Giraffe,
Are very sure to make you laugh.

DogThe

trained dog

And many

is

useful too

things he'll do for you.

(This dog with pasteboard mouth made to open
and close is shown snapping at a spider suspended from
above,

etc.

Clown
The Clown always

And

returns full soon,

takes delight in his balloon.

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35

Clowns

Two Clowns now come in you know,
On a see-saw riding high and low.
These Clowns are very glad you came,

And

invite all to a Circus

Invite all to a circus

Game.

game

"Show" is over and the children
run out to play. The Circus Game. They
choose the Clown who stands inside the circle
thev form and all sing to the tune of "Yankee

The

little

Doodle."

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36

The

Circus Clown

is

our town,

in

Into the tent we're going,

Who

will be chosen by the

There

is

Clown,

no way of knowing

Chorus
Clap the hands and be

polite,

Circus days are funny,

Many
If

others we'd invite

we had the money.

The Clown chooses one who
outside the circle,

skips with

him

and comes back and they

ex-

change places. This may continue until all
have had a chance to be the Clown.
When all have been "Clown," the children
all clap hands saying,
"One

for the

The Circus
in

money, two for the show
is

over away

we

go."

The guests now ride in a swing, on a see-saw
a hammock, on rocking horses, on carts, etc.,

they

fly

kites

and balloons and bounce

balls.

given a delightful looking paper
basket covered with tissue paper filled with a
regular picnic lunch and lemonade is passed.
Refreshments are served in a tent. If a fortune

Each one

teller

is

can also be had,

it

will

add

to the fun.

A MAY-DAY PARTY
Penny Party and Polly Play
Invite you on the

Who

of

May

would not A-Maying

When

(Hour

first

go,

the spring-time breezes

blow?

—place.)

children wrote the invitations with
the above jingle upon them, and drew a picture
of a basket in one corner.

The two

Baskets were also obtained of all colors,
Each guest received a basket
shapes, and sizes.

with a card in

it,

telling with

what

it

was

to

filled.

The blue

basket said,

Will you fill me up with daisies,
So I'll sing sweet spring-time's praises?

The pink

basket said,

Dandelions are easily found
Springing up above the ground.
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be

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38

The brown

basket said,

Search about and don't give up,
me with yellow buttercups.

Fill

The white
Search

basket said,

now

in the

See the crocus

The

lift

garden bed,
her head.

children run to a sand pile where

arti-

flowers are found, or they can search for

ficial

real flowers if the season is favorable, or flowers

may

be hidden in

many

places in-doors, or out.

up

After

all

prize,

which may be a pretty book about flowers.

the baskets are filled they line

All form a circle and play the

game

of

for a

May

Queen.
All skip round and sing to the tune of

"Twinkle

Little Star."

Who

will be the

of

May?

On

a

We

are happy, glad and gay,

summer

Who will
One

Queen

holiday,

be the

Queen

of

May?

child dances in the center

and bows

to

any girl, and they skip round outside the circle
and back to places, and the game continues.

The May Pole Dance

39

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40

They

also play the

game

of

May

Basket,

A child in the center of the circle says, holding an empty basket,
"Who'll fill my basket the first of May
Who'll name a flower for me to-day?"

She

on any child who must name a
once, or go out of the game.

calls

flower at

Another way
dren in

game is for chilthe circle to be given names of flowers,
one in the center names any two flowers

and the
as "I want

to play the

,,

and lilies to fill my basket.
The children named change places and the one
violets

in the center tries to slip into the place of either

one.

The

basket to

child left out, each time takes the

fill,

stands in the center and the

game

continues.

The boys found

a tree,

and put up streamers

and all had a May Pole dance. Refreshments
were served in baskets everything wrapped in
wax paper, and opened as a surprise. They had
sandwiches, cakes, potato chips, sweet chocolate,

and

and candy. The baskets
were taken home.

salted peanuts,

the children filled

AN ALPHABET PARTY
The Party Twins

said

'There are new things

yet,

We'll make a party out of the alphabet,
Bring the letter that stands for your last name
And you will all be glad you came.

(Hour

—place.)

The children came with the initial of their
name and looked for other similar letters hidden,
for example the child whose name began with
"C" must find another "C" in the room and so
After all the letters are found they must do
whatever the letter suggests, so the fun begins.
on.

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42

The

suggest the following:

letters

—You
And

are letter A, be glad and gay

dance

— Letter
Like

I

i2

C, read or recite

belong

— Every
Find

On

a verse please write.

anything

Can

make a bow,
show you how.

please

poem, or

—Do

while the hours away.

a curtsey, we'll

Kg — Letter

A

B,

to

lest

you forget

to the alphabet.

child I

little

know

imitate a dumb-bell show.
a little tune

the

now

smooth piano

please,

keys.

-Go get an article of dress,
Act a charade for all to guess.

-Here we'll
For we are

all join in

a

song,

merry throng.

and out come dance with pleasure,
Choose partners for each merry measure.

-In

-Join in the

Play

a

games

while

light

and

airy,

at "Statuary."

THE PARTY TWINS
-Keep

in

time

if

!

Or you may
-Learn

-Many

a

Who'll

given by another,
or your brother.

sister,

word come name and

tell

First

a little

make

yet

you the opposite?

-Name some very common
We all know some things
-Open

fiddle,

suggest a riddle.

a verse

Friend, or

you play the

43

trees,

like these.

box with care

three guesses

what

is

there.

Perhaps some pretty songs you've heard

Ask each

child to

-Quiet keep

Who

is

the

name

lest a fairy
first to

a bird.

knock,

hear the clock?

away some colors name,
Hold up cards like in a game.

-Right

&*

— See the nuts on the
To name them

—Take
Any

a

walk

all,

table

are you able?

to tell the

partner you

may

news,

choose.

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44

-Use a picture puzzle, do you know whether,
In ten minutes you can put it together?
-Very pleasant

To

tell a

it

will be

joke in company.

-Take a cord if you've forgot
We'll teach you how to tie a knot.

-X

stands for Xantho,

Name

a

yellow

fruit,

meaning yellow
be a good fellow.

made of months and days,
can name them now always.

-Years are

We
-In

To

Zero weather it's a good plan
read a thermometer if you can.

Anagrams may be played and
Alphabet

The

a

Game

of

as follows:

children can

sit

in a circle

begin, "I met a child whose

and one child

name begins with

Someone suggests "Annie," and continues, I am thinking of a child whose name
begins with "B," and so on down the alphabet.
They may play the game if they like, each tak"A."

ing a turn in regular order, and being clapped

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out of the

game

beginning with

The

if

45

they cannot think of a

letter as

name

suggested.

children are delighted to discover

noodles in their soup, and
colored sugar on cookies.

letters are

letter

made with

Said the Twins
"The Alphabet Party was fun
Let us spread the glad news

to

everyone!"

AN APRIL PARTY
Penny Party and Polly Play drew umbrellas
on their invitations, some of them they drew
open and some closed, and wrote,
Come and

find the pot of gold

At our Rainbow Party tomorrow,
There are presents in it I am told
So no trouble we will borrow.

—place.)

(Hour

The children come ready for surprises.
They toss balls into the center of a cardboard
Next they
circle marked off in rainbow colors.
play A Rainbow Game.

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46

They stand

in a circle

and the one

in the

center says,
I

hold a color up today,

Which

color

is it tell

me

pray?

She holds up one card after another with a
color of the rainbow upon it and calls on a child
to name color, or go out of the game.
They next grab in a bag for a colored pasteboard round, each round tells where to search
for the pot of gold but does not name the correct
place, and the children go in search while some
one accidently discovers it, amid shouts of
laughter.

Some

of the verses read:

Violet says do as you're told,

Look under
Blue says

if

Look back
Green

A

a chair for the pot of gold.

you are bold,

of the curtain for the pot of gold.

I'm neither hot nor

says,

cold,

basket might carry the pot of gold.

Yellow

says,

Look back

some

secrets

we

unfold,

of the door for the pot of gold.

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Orange

says, you'll

Look under

47

grow wise when old

the table for the pot of gold.

Red says, it's hard a secret to
Look everywhere for the pot

hold,
of gold.

be cute to have the pot of gold suspended
from the ceiling, or hidden in a flower pot, or
some out of the way place.
It will

Rainbow colored strands of tissue paper
hang over the table and extend to the guest's
places.

Lemon

dies is served

Much

jelly

on red

with orange colored candishes.

was used in the dishes that
served wafers, cookies and cakes, and tiny cakes
piled on the plates were tied with baby ribbon,
various colors. Tiny umbrellas were placed on
top the jelly mounds and the children said,
color

We

had a happy hour of play
At your party this April Day.

THE KITE PARTY
Penny Party invited twelve boys to his birthday party and said to each as he telephoned.
"Bring your own

lath,

and string and paper,

up many a caper."
Old Uncle Play helped the boys make kites
of course, and all enjoyed a Kite-flying contest.
The one whose kite flew highest won the game.

Your

The

kite will cut

affair

took on the aspect of a camping

marshmallows, popped corn over a bonfire, and were

party, they roasted chestnuts, toasted

pleased to eat refreshments served in shoe-boxes

with pictures of animals on top. The boys
gathered round in groups and told the most
thrilling experience they had ever had with an
animal.

huge fellow drawn
on canvas, with wide open mouth, by throwing
in a ball or bean bag.
They shot at a kite with bow and arrow.
They ran races to a goal, and a Japaneseshaped kite was awarded the fastest runner.
Later they went to a sand pile and each
plucked a tiny paper kite, at the end of which
was a present.

They "Fed The Bear"

48

a

Enjoyed a

kite contest

49

THE BIRD PARTY
To a
And

A

Bird Party you're invited,
so

no one will

feel slighted,

picture of a bird please

Upon your

suit, dress

wear

or hair!

So wrote the Twins on invitations cut double,
shaped

and painted

like a robin

to resemble

robin-red-breast.

The

guests

little

had great fun cutting and

coloring bird pictures to wear.

One

little girl

dressed in white cut out the red bird out of

paper, and had

many

all

boy wore a band round

One

front.

As

his

had yellow canaries outlined
One boy wore black birds on a

belt.

they entered some one said,
"In either

One

head with an owl in

girl

on her apron.
yellow

over her dress.

fair or

stormy weather,

Birds of a feather flock together."
50

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A

wire screen

at

51

one end of the room was

covered with autumn leaves and made a

background

They

for those

who wished

to

pretty-

dance or

went in turn blindfolded to a
This bird was made
tree, and took off a bird.
of pasteboard, and had one of the following
verses upon it which they must complete.
sing.

all

— Back and forth you have been bobbing

1

Can you name
2

—What
Who

3

but

—Who has
Singing

5

say,

what do you say?

stays all winter but (Blue-Jay?).

—Who builds
Who

4

do you

red-breasted (robin).

in places small

common

(sparrow).

little

a glorious song,

as

he

flies? the

—Yellow and black

and narrow?

oh hark?

(lark).

as a bit of coal

In a hammock-nest swings (oriole).

6— Late at night who likes to
Who but the very wise old

prowl?
(Owl).

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52

7

—Who always chirps but does not sing?
He

8

wears

— In chimneys that are
Who

9

— He

I

tall

but hollow,

imitates a cat I've heard,
fellow, the (Cat-bird).

hear a call

The

(Cedar Wax-wing).

builds a nest but a (Chimney-Swallow).

The saucy
10

a top-knot, a

bird

cannot see

I

who

sings

(Pewee, Pewee).

In working out the end to the verse the children
can exchange birds if they like (the name of the
bird on each card

is

omitted).

Birds are suspended from the ceiling or
chandelier by thread and those who complete

On

may now

reach up for one of these.
the back of each is a direction sending the

the cards

child to a Bird-shaped picture puzzle, cut
a bird picture pasted

from

on cardboard and cut

into

various pieces to be put together.

When

a bell rings those

the puzzles

change

places.

The Bird Cage Qame.

who have completed
The children play,

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A

53

child steps inside the circle the rest form,

want to buy a bird for my cage, I'm
thinking of one whose name begins with 'R',"
the first child to say "Robin" takes his place and
and

he

says, "I

is

out of the game.

He

says, "I

am

name begins with 'W (or any
first child to name "Woodpecker"

of a bird whose
letter)

and the

and

takes his place

Each time

thinking
'

so on.

after a bird

is

named

the children

clap hands, skip round and say,
Clap him

out, clap

The

bird's

It

fun

is

out,

name we found

to

Clap him

him

out,

laugh and shout,

out, clap

him

out.

Owl," by bouncing
rubber balls and trying to throw them into the
mouth of an owl drawn on cambric and stretched

They may "Feed

the

in a door way.

They may

many birds
list when a

write on cards the

names of

as

as possible, the

one with the longest

may

receive a bird-book.

bell rings

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54

The

table

decorated with blue ribbon

Each ends with

streamers.

pin

is

a ten-cent blue-bird

at the child's place.

Serve ice cream with tiny pasteboard birds
of bright colors stuck in the center, and cookies
piled up, tied with ribbon, paper birds surround-

ing them on the plates.

A FOURTH OF JULY PARTY
on one corner of
invitations and they con-

The Twins painted
cards they sent out as

flags

tained the verse,

One and

all

the children cry,

"Hurrah, hurrah for the Fourth

We

of July,"

will spend an hour together,

So we'll hope for pleasant weather.

(Hoar
The

— place.)

guests arriving were pleased to see flags

everywhere.

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55

They played out-door games and among
them the game of "Liberty Bell."

A large paper bell was placed on the ground
and a child ran

in

from the

circle they formed,

They Ran a Flag Race

naming a

president,

and another child did

same, and so on, each time touching the

They

The

next played a "Flag

Game.

children are in two lines

choose one

to carry a flag

lines saying,

the

bell.

,,

and they

and run between

the

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56

a

How many
In

this

stripes,

how many

stars

beloved flag of ours?"

north end of each line now
skips round his line, returns to his place and

The one

names

at the

the correct

number

of stripes

and

stars

in the flag as, 13 stripes, 48 stars, or goes out of
The second child from the north
the game.

end of the line, next skips round, and so on, until
every one has had a chance to name the number
The line having
of stars and stripes in the flag.
the most left in it, wins the game.

A large firecracker

is

fastened to the ground

and children throw hoops over it. The hoops
are wrapped with red, white and blue muslin,
the children all stand at an equal distance to
throw, and the prize is a bag of peanuts.

The

children run a flag race.

flags to a goal, the last

Two start with

one there

selects a child

to take his place in the next race.

Refreshments were ice cream cones bearing
a tiny paper flag and cookies sprinkled with red
and blue sugar.

A MOTHER GOOSE PARTY
We planned a Mother Goose Party, drawing
and coloring a picture of a Mother Goose character on our invitations and writing upon them,

Sitting on a

"Here

Mantel

something old and something new,
meet the Old Woman who lived in

is

Come

a

Shoe,

And

We

her other children hale and hearty
Mother Goose
invite you all to our

Party."

(Hour

—place.)
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58

came dressed in Mother Goose
costume and much fun was had in guessing
whom they represented. Tommy Tucker sang,
the Fiddlers Three played, and Tom, the Piper's
Son played, but the real fun came when each
child was given a card and pencil and sent about
the room to find out what the groups with num-

The

children

bers represented.

To make

these groups

we borrowed

from every quarter and arranged them
lows

No.

dolls

as fol-

:

1

—A

Doll in a cradle

in

a

twig hung over

chandelier.

Rock-a-Bye-Baby.

No.

2

—A Doll with

pasteboard egg-shaped face,

sit-

ting on mantel.

Humpty Dumpty.
No.

3

—A

Doll in a corner seated holding
plate.

Jack Horner.

tin

pie

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No.

—A boy and

4

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girl doll seated at tiny toy table.

Jack Sprat and Wife.

No.

—A boy doll seated with fishing

5

rod.

Simple Simon.

—A Girl

No. 6

Doll with toy sheep.

Bo-Peep.

No.

7—Ten

Little

Ten
No.

8

— Dolls on

Darkey

Dolls.

Little Niggers.

a see-saw.

See-Saw Margery Daw.

No. 9

—A boy doll

in pail of water.

Doctor Foster.

No.

10

—A doll with twigs

in flower pots

about her.

Mistress Mary.

No. 11— A Paper Doll House.

The House That Jack
No. 12— A Doll

in a

Shoe

Built.

full of dolls.

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.
No.

13

—Three boy dolls

in a bowl.

Three Wise

No.

14

—A

doll sitting

Men

of

Gotham.

on cushion sewing.

Curly Locks.

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60

No.

—A boy doll jumping over

IS

a candlestick.

Jack-Be-Nimble.

No. 16

—A

doll with a yarn spider beside her.

Miss MufTet.

No.

17

—A doll

in a basket

Old

No.

18

—A

with

Woman

doll with red

a

broom.

Sweeping cobwebs.

paper crown and hearts on

dress.

The Queen
No. 19

—A boy

doll dressed in blue.
Little

No. 20

of Hearts.

Boy

—A doll with paper

Blue.
tea-kettle.

Polly Put the Kettle On.

The

child

who won them

all

received as a

Mother Goose. The "Consolation Prize" was a doll dressed as a Mother
Goose character.
prize a copy of

A BUTTON CARD PARTY
Button, button

With

who

has the button,

two holes for eyes,
Every little girl and boy,
just

Can bring one

if

he

tries.

So read the invitations to the party, and such
a hurrying and scurrying as there was to find
buttons with just two holes in them, and then
the delight of the little people when they found
postal cards made really at the printers with

cunning figures drawn on them. Advertisements furnished ideas for the figures. Each
child glued his button on the figure for a face,
put a dot inside each hole for an eye, drew nose,
mouth and hair on the button and with colored
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62

pencil or water color, brought a blush to the
cheeks and colored the little figure.
By the time the children were ready to go
home each one had a cute card to take home and
mail later to a friend, and many of them made
a whole Button Card family.
It is not necessary for a printer to make the
cards, though it is fun to mail them.

to

Any

cards cut from cardboard will do. It
is well to have some cards with buttons upon
them, as some child may come forgetting to

bring buttons for the faces.
Sandwiches, pickles, potato chips and cakes
are served in button boxes and the children have
a wonderful time.

AN ANIMAL CRACKER PARTY
wondering what
kind of a party they could give next when Old
Grandmother Party suggested An Animal

One day

the children were

Cracker Party.
children bought a box of animal crackers and selected different animals which they
laid down on the cards and drew around. They

The

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wrote on their cards the following invitations.
Penny Party and Polly Play
Will invite you all to-day,
A box of animal crackers bring

And

just be

glad of everything.

—place.)

(Hour
The

guests carrying their boxes of
animal crackers joined in a grand march. Then
Penny Party whispered to the boys, and Polly
Play whispered to the girls, and the children
hid their crackers in every possible place.
After all were hidden the children drew strings
from a bag, on the end of each string was an
animal cracker. Each child then began to
search for a similar animal to the one drawn,
and when a bell rang the one who had found
most animals to match the one on their string
had a toy animal for a prize.
Refreshments consisted of Animal Crackers
and cocoa, and the older children told animal
stories.
The one who had drawn a Bear told
about the doings of Snow Ball, Polar Bear at
the Zoo.
The child who had drawn a Lion told
little

a story about a

Lion

in jungle, etc.

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64

children were given cards and drew

The

around animal crackers, coloring their drawing
to take home, some of them pricked their drawings to make sewing cards of them later, and
One and all said with accent hearty,

"We

loved the Animal Cracker Party."

THE POST OFFICE PARTY
Said Penny Party and Polly Play

A

Post Office Party we'll give to-day,
So don't you think you'd really better

Call at the Post Office for a

(Hour—place.)
Each

letter.

child received the above invitation

arrived to find at one end of the

room

a

and

little

imitation Post Office.

Cloth stretched between two open doors
with an opening for a window will do.
Each guest calls for a letter, and each letter
directs the child to

some other place

in the

room

where he finds an envelope containing a picture
puzzle, which he sits down and fits together.
When a bell is rung all skip around and look
at the puzzles.

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The Postmaster has

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names of the children and calls them one at a time. Each letter
suggests something for the child to do, which
he does before another

the

Some

letter is called for.

of the suggestions are:
1.

2.

Recite a verse from Mother Goose
Select a partner for a dance.

Sing a song, select enough for a chorus.
4.
Select a group to pose as statuary.
5.
Act out proverbs as, "A new broom
sweeps clean, but it takes the old one to get dust
3.

out of the corners."

Two

children are

shown

sweeping, one with old broom, one with new.
"Birds of a Feather Flock Together" is shown
by several children displaying feathers.
6.

"What
door?" Answer

Tell a riddle for others to guess.

relation

is

the

doormat

to the

A step-father.
Packages may next be distributed at the Post
Office and the children required to guess the
contents.
The one who guesses correctly receives the package.

The Post Office Party is lots of
You had better try it every one.

fun,

THE SOAP BUBBLE PARTY
The

children wrote on cardboard, shaped

like a pipe,

We

hope you will feel hale and hearty
And come to our Soap Bubble Party,
So come tomorrow please at four,
You'll find us waiting by the door.

—place.)

(Hour-

Bowls of soap bubbles containing a few
drops of glycerine and pipes await the guests.
The pipe handles are gay with ribbon or raffia.

The

guests are asked,
Color, color,

What

will you

Color, color,

come

in the

name?

game.

A tiny bow, the color they choose,
on them and they
responding color.

is

pinned

pipe tied with the corThey blow bubbles to their

select a

heart's content.

Refreshments are lemon or orange jelly,
with bright colored candies surrounding them,
and cookies with colored sugar upon them.
66

Bowls

of soap bubbles

67

THE POSTAL PARTY
The Twins wrote on
To

find a

new

To

a

idea

from

Let's get one

postal cards,
is

hard,

a postal card,

Post Card Party

Each and

all

with

a

we

invite

card polite,

Please bring a card you received this year

With

(Hour

pleasant greetings of good cheer.

—place,)

All the guests came with postal cards they

had received

that

would be

interesting to talk

about.

A boy borrowed a postman's suit and met the
children at the door.

They dropped

their cards

in his bag.

On

tables

zles cut

The

first

were envelopes containing puz-

from postal
one

to

cards, to be put together.

complete a puzzle received a

collection of postal cards as a prize.
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69

They had a game "Hunt The Postal," and
kept on looking until each child had a card to
take home.

They formed

a

stood in the center.

and one

and the mail-man
They all clapped hands

circle

after another said,

Postman, Postman tell me. pray,
Any mail for me to-day?

He would call the name of a child, hand him
his card,

and the child would

from and something
all

And we

all

where

interesting about

have their cards they
Here we

tell

rise

it.

it

came

When

turn round and say,

turn round about,

clap the Postman out.

The game may be made more

difficult for

older children by each child telling the town
from which his card came, or city, and the
others think

what

state

it

was

in.

Postals

from

foreign countries add to the interest. The postals may be placed in a card album and sent to
a hospital with a description of the party.

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70

were indicated by ordinary
Each child was
postals with names on them.
asked to write a jingle on his card, rhyming
Seats at the table

with the word "card."

Penny Party wrote,

A

penny for your thoughts, said a postal card
But to make a jingle for me is hard.

Polly Play wrote,
Put me in an envelope said the postal card
If from others my thoughts you'd guard.

The

Postal Party

was a great

success.

THE SUNFLOWER PARTY
The Twins had learned

and
which

to use paints

painted a sunflower on their invitations
read:

Penny Party and Polly Play,
Have this little word to say

A

Sunflower Party we give this week,
Please come and play with us hide and seek.

—place.)

(Hour

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71

Penny Party sang one day about a Sunflower Party and Old Grandmother Party said,
"It

is

we do

and we are all so busy
how we can plan a party," so the

the fall of the year

not see

Twins had

to

plan every

bit of

it

themselves.

Polly covered a large pasteboard round with
brown tissue paper for the disk of a sunflower,

and she cut yellow petals also. The petals were
hidden outdoors and each guest was given a
paper sunflower to pin on as he entered. They
read on the back of the sunflower,

A

Sunflower petal please find today
Play hide and seek and let's be gay.

children searched for the petals in various places and put them round the disk and soon
the sunflower lay on the grass completed.

The

They stood round

the completed sunflower in

a circle and sang to the tune of "Twinkle Little
Star."

Round and round the sunflower go,
Some one holds a flower we know,
He'll be "it" you understand,
holds a sunflower in his hand.

Who

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72

A

and pretends
the hands of any child

child runs inside the circle

to place a

sunflower in

round the ring. He finally does give
one the sunflower, and they change places and
as he skips

game

the

continues.

Next the children choose sides and two start
toward a goal on a Sunflower Race, each carrying a sunflower, and the first to get there scores
one for his side. The side w inning most points
wins the game.
T

The
that

children are given cards with letters

compose

are asked to

out of those

word "Sunflower" upon it and
make as many words as possible

the

letters in fifteen

The prize may be
let

minutes.

a sunflower-shaped book-

or pretty card with sunflower

upon

it.

They may stand in line with real sunflowers
and play the game of "London Bridge."
Refreshments are served outdoors among
decorations

of

cream and
the cookies being tied up in

sunflowers.

cookies are served,
piles with green ribbon.

Ice

A BLACK CAT PARTY
The Twins drew on each

invitation a picture

of a Black Cat and they wrote this jingle:

The Black Cat

To

(Hour

a pleasant

gives invitation hearty

bean-bag party.

—place.)

Black Cats of all shapes and sizes were
pinned on curtains, suspended by strings from
the ceiling.

The

children put their hands into a paper

bag on the outside of which a Black Cat was
pasted, and they drew numbers. They had to
hunt round the room and find a cardboard cat
Each
with a corresponding number on it.
Black Cat has a direction on it, for example,
No. 1 says "Go to No. 10," No. 10 says "Go back
to five."

These large numbers that they now go to
are all about the room and the child wins a prize

who

gets to twelve

first.

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The

directions

may

be

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No. 1— Go
No. 2 Go
No. 3 Go
No. 4— Go
No. 5— Go
No. 6— Go
No. 7— Go
No. 8 Go
No. 9— Go
No. 10— Go
No. 11 Go

to 10.


to 4.

back

to

1.

to 9.

back

to 2.

to 11.
to 8.

back

to 3.

to 6.

Another way

back
to

to 5.

6 and hunt for

to play the

The

number

to

have a

in spaces,

to the other.

children are handed bean bags, which

they throw into the opening in the
large cat

way.

is

numbers

circle divided off with the

spin a top and go from one

game

12.

drawn on cambric

This

is

called

mouth of a

stretched in a door-

"Feeding the Cat."

Cards may be passed the children and they
are asked to write as many words as they can,
beginning with the letters "Cat." The prize will
be for the greatest number of words and will be
a pin-cushion cat.

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It

will also be

w ords

75

fun to spell down, the only
be words beginning with the

given out to
letters "Cat," as "catastrophe," etc.
To vary the entertainment the old rhyme of
"Three Little Kittens who Lost Their Mittens"
is dramatized.
Refreshments are served on trays, a black
7

on each one, and consist of jelly sandwiches,
orangeade, wafers and sliced bananas.
cat

THE FLOWER PARTY
Invitation read,
a Flower Party we bid you come,
There will be fun for everyone.

To

—place.)

(Hour

Flowers are hidden everywhere and the hostess
recites,

Everyone knows, in the garden grows
Nothing sweeter than the red rose.

As

mentioned everyone runs to
and as soon as it is found the hostess

the flower

hunt for

it,

continues,

is

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76

The garden bed with dew
So blooms the early

Other verses are
Nodding

is

wet

violet.

'

:

to us as

we

pass,

Daisies beckon in the grass.

This flower's the proudest one of all,
We'll hunt for the lily white and tall.
Growing by the garden walk

Blooms the lovely hollyhock.
Peeping o'er the garden wall,

Grows

the sun-flower big and

tall.

After this play is over flower catalogues are
passed and the children cut out flowers, which
they put in slits in a large pasteboard basket
fastened on a screen.

When

the basket

they are called to refreshments.

placed

at their plates, painted,

or

is full

Flowers are
artificial,

or

real.

Ice
served.

cream

in shape of a flower with cake

is

THE RAG DOLL PARTY
Polly Play liked to invent things sometimes
herself so she wrote

on

cards, pasting a picture

of a doll cut from a catalogue, in the corner,

You are invited by Polly Play
To make a Rag Doll to-day,
So bring some cloth if you have any
But you need not spend a penny.

(Hour

—place.)

Polly Play did not live in a place where you

could get stamped Rag Dolls, so she drew round
her largest china doll for a pattern. She made in
this way a good paste-board pattern, that could
be put on white cloth and drawn around. She
marked on the white muslin as many dolls as she
was to have guests, and Uncle Play helped her
make faces on them, marking in eyes, mouth

and nose.

When
up

the

came they enjoyed sewing
Rag Dolls and stuffing them with sawthe guests

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78

They used cloth they had brought from
home to make simple capes and hoods for the
dolls, and each one was proud to have a doll to
dust.

take home.

Refreshments of cocoa, sandwiches, tarts
and candy were served on a tray wagon so the

work would not be

The candy was
tied to

interrupted.

in

paper boxes, a penny doll

each one with red ribbon.

Polly Play's

little

friends gave a series of

Rag

Doll Parties after this,
received elaborate costumes.

At one party
riages and took

at

which

the dolls

the guests brought doll carthe

dolls

riding

round the

square.

They
success.

all

declared the

Rag

Doll Party a

A PUPPET SHOW PARTY
One day the children in Party Town were excited when they received the following invitations.

We

can have a party any day

But seldom

The hour

To

(Hour

Puppet Play,
come before you know,
Puppet show.

see a

will

attend a

—place.)

wooden figures they
bought, everywhere about the room and made

The Twins put

little

and operated their own Puppet Theatre, using
an old soap box for the foundation. They set it
on a stand, cut off the back, and concealed
themselves behind a curtain so their hands

would not show, when they
sight of the

little

raised the figures in

audience.

paper to decorate the

theatre.

They used wall
The Twins took
they held up the

turns reciting the verses as
dolls, and Uncle Play had printed the verses for

them on

cards, so they

parts.
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would not forget

their

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80

Punch and Judy are
Each with joke and

in town,

striped gown,

you'll hear a voice so hearty

Soon

Come

in to the

Puppet Party!

Punch
Let

me

ha how do you do?
count you, two and two.

Judy—
Ha

ha,

Punch

Ha,

I

ha,

if

you

please,

would rather count by

threes.

(Punch knocks Judy down.)
Don't dispute
I

would

me whatever you

do,

rather count by two's.

Toby
Bow, wow, wow, now I call,
I would rather not count at all.

Punch

Who

Toby

let

JudyGo down
Toby-

out?

Toby.

Bow wow, wow,

I

Somebody answer

the big door-bell,

7

,

can

tell,

JudyThere

is

the door-bell sure enough.

THE PARTY TWINS

8^

Punch

Go

answer the door-bell.
(Judy knocks him down)

JudyAnswer

the bell yourself

Baby-

my

oh

eyes

It

is

a party,

It

is

a party, a surprise.

Punch
party don't

It is a surprise

Nothing

fit

any one!

tell

for a mouse, in the house!

JudyNothing
Nothing

to eat,
to give

nothing sweet

our friends

a treat.

Punch
Call the butcher, grocer, baker,

(How

long

is

it

going

(Punch telephones now
tities

to take

her?)

for all sorts of large quan-

of provisions, the children

may make up

this part

themselves as they will enjoy ordering a barrel of cranberries, etc.)

Judy—
need a new dress for the party
Though I'm the only one who cares.
I

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Punch
Hush, hush, don't wake the baby

The

party

is

gathering

down

stairs.

Butcher

Here

are your turkeys, Punch.

Punch
want turkey's bring me hams!
(Knocks butcher down)

I don't

Baker

Here

are 500 party cakes

Punch
want cakes, bring
(Knocks baker down)

I don't

Ice

cookies.

Cream Man
Here

are your bricks of cream.

Punch
want bricks, I want cones.
(Knocks man down)

I don't

TobyBow, wow, wow, bow, wow, wow,
I will be happy anyhow.

JudyVery quiet we must keep,
For the baby is asleep.
Dressmaker

Here

is

Judy's

new

dress.

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83

Punch
She wanted a cape instead I guess.
(Knocks dressmaker down)

(Voices from below)
surprise party

A

town
Ha, ha, we'll just knock old Punch down,
Knock him down and he'll discover,

How
Punch
No,

it

seems

is

in

to recover.

no, no, don't

I act the part of

knock me down
a Circus Clown.

,

Judy—
The

surprise party has gone

Perhaps

they'll call

away

another day.

Whatever you do whatever you
Don't wake baby up today.

say,

Baby—
The same
I

old baby in every clime,

was awake

all the time.

Punch and Judy
Punch and Judy, Punch and Judy,
Wooden, big as life,
Punch and Judy, Punch and Judy,
Call out, such IS LIFE.
Curtain

is

drawn.

THE PEA-STICK PARTY
Said Old Uncle Play, "I'm hale and hearty
I will help you plan a Pea-Stick Party."

They soaked up many peas and had many
toothpicks ready, then they made a windmill,

Windmill

Chickt

Coop

and kite, and gate, a parasol, chicken and coop.
Next they sent out invitations each card and had
a tooth-pick run through one end and the verse,
our Pea-Stick Party come at four,
Though you never made these toys before,
You'll be happy at any rate,

To

And
(Hon?-

a story

we

will relate.

—place.)
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85

Uncle Play and Grandmother Party took
turns telling about the Pea-Stick toys as the chil-

dren made them, and the children played a
game of Jack-Straws using tooth picks instead.
They were served with sandwiches, custard, and
tarts.

The following

The

Pea-Stick

stories

Man

were
said,

told.

"How

the

wind

merry March. March came in like
a Lion sure enough, how the March Lion
He made a wonderful windmill. He
roars!"
made it in the month of March. The windmill
was near his Pea-Stick house. He sang,

blows

It is

!

"In

March when stormy winds

are blowing,

See the windmills all are going.
See the windmill is turning round,
Very high above the ground,
Pea-Stick Windmill like one of these

A

Is really

The

very sure to please."

Pea-Stick

Man was

fond of a

little

Pea-

passed by his gate often. He
said, to himself, "I will make him a Pea-Stick
kite, how pleased he will be to fly it!"
Stick boy

who

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86

The Pea

Stick

Man was very busy making
He worked away at and

it,
Pea Stick kite.
It was
finally he had a very good kite made.
stormy in March some of the days, but by and
by a clear windy day came, and he gave the boy
The boy had fun with his
the Pea Stick kite.
kite and said,

his

"A

Pea-Stick Kite by and by,

Does really look like it could fly
So when the wind is pasing by,
Come out and toss your kites on high

The

Pea-Stick boy

And

he bows

The Pea

to

is

very sprightly

you politely."

Man made

Stick

a Pea Stick gate.

was very easily made, and he wondered he
had not thought of it before. Can you imagine
him looking over the gate at you?
It

"A

Man may come in
him standing by the

Pea-Stick

You'll find

For many hours he
You'll see

him

late,

gate,

likes to wait,

there at any rate,

We'll all have time to say, 'good day'
Before he bows and turns away."

THE PARTY TWINS

Make

87

Pea Stick things you can think
Make a house for your Pea
of, for March.
Decorate it with a bowl of
Stick Man and boy.
the

all

pussy willows.

The Pea

Stick boy, that
to live

is,

Man

adopted the little Pea
he took him for his very own

Stick

with him.

Pea Stick Man said, "It rains
and rains so hard in April, I always get wet
when I go out, and you come in quite wet from
What shall we do?"
school.

One day

Boy learned many things in
he suggested that they make a Pea

The Pea
school, so

the

Stick

Stick umbrella or parasol to keep off the rain.

The Pea
and he

Stick boy learned to talk in

said,

A

Pea-Stick Parasol you see

always pleasant company,
We'll take it out in sun or rain,
Is

It wil protect us, that

The

is

plain,

Pea-Stick Parasol you

Is like a toy for

see,

you and me."

rhyme

THE PARTY TWINS
The Pea

Man

planned a pleasant surHe got a funny
prise for the Pea Stick boy.
little chicken for a surprise and said,

"A

Stick

Pea-Stick Chicken in the spring

Will chirp and almost

He
He

try to sing,

likes the sun but I'll explain,

does not really care for rain.

The
You

The Pea

Pea-Stick chicken's funny ways,
will observe on April days."

Stick boy

was delighted with

the

chicken and by and by they made a coop, and
got an old hen and had her set for days and days.

Soon there were many Pea Stick chickens.

The Pea
"A
Is

Stick

Pea-Stick

Man

said,

Coop you understand,

always well

to

keep on hand,

For Pea-Stick chickens large and small,
There's really room enough for all,

The

Pea-Stick chickens without doubt,

Will very soon come crowding

1

out.'

Make all the Pea Stick things mentioned and as
many more things as you can that belong to an
April Day.

THE WOODEN PARTY
Penny Party and Polly Play

we

think of

new

said,

for a party?"

Penny Party suddenly had an
"We'll give

a

In answer

idea

and

said,

wooden Party to-day

And Clothes Pin Dolls we'll
To the wooden party do not

(Hour

"What can

to this

wooden

give away,

be

late,

plate.

—place.)

This invitation of course was written on a

wooden

plate.

The

children

came on time and

played.

The Chopping Bowl Game.
Three chopping bowls were placed on the
floor and a child blindfolded and told to walk
across the room, and step between them. While
he is blindfolded the bowls are taken up, and
his efforts to step carefully to avoid them,

the children shout with laughter.
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make

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played the Game of Wooden
Spoon. One child having a wooden spoon and
going from one to another in the circle they
form, and pretending to give them the spoon.
All the children hold hands together so no one
can tell who did receive the spoon. When a
bell is rung the child with the spoon and one

They

who

also

run a race, the
out of the game.
passed

The

it

last to get there is

children say while they stand in

the,

ring,

A wooden spoon, a wooden spoon,
We hope we will be chosen soon.
Later they
also

may have a wooden hoop

throw hoops over a wooden

Some

of the party

sit

race and

doll.

and play with wooden

blocks.

Clothes pins dressed in tissue paper mark
their places fastened to cards containing their

names.

Refreshments were served on wooden plates
with wooden knives and forks. They consisted
of salad, croquettes, potato chips, and wafers.

THE MUSICAL PARTY
Penny Party and Polly Play decide

to

ask

Musical Party, so
and placed
note,
or
rest,
or
other
a
musical character in
one corner and wrote the verse,
all

their little friends to a

they drew a

To

staff

on

their invitations

Musical Party we invite
All with invitation most polite,
If any piece you sing or play,
Please bring it with you on that day.

(Hoar
The

a

—place.)

children brought their music and went

Music Store, which consisted of a table,
with someone to receive their music. The music
was numbered in the order in which it came in.
A hat was placed with numbers in it, and a
child drew a number at a time, then the clerk
at the Music Store called the child whose number corresponded to the one drawn, and she
to the

played or sang as the case might be.

A

Home Made

Orchestra, in which the children used toy drums,
triangles, horn and knitting needles which they
tapped on pans, all keeping perfect time to any
novfel

feature

was a

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selection played

on

the piano.

"Yankee Doodle, "

as

is

A familiar

tune,

The

chil-

suggested.

"Naming the Key."
two lines. The Music Master

dren played a game called

They stood

in

was chosen and he skipped through
^

^'

One
One

sharp,
sharp,

the lines

who will follow me?
who can name the key?

The first child to name "Key of G" follows
him through the lines, and the game continues,
the Music Master calling for any number of
sharps or flats he pleases up to six.
The line to have fewest left standing in it
wins the game, and a bell taps to say the game
has ended.
The children march to music's merry measure when refreshments are served and find their

names on cards at the table, each card containing some musical character. They have much
fun, calling, "I

am a sharp,"

"I

am

a flat," "I

am

a natural," etc.

Refreshments are served by children with
musical characters on their caps and aprons,
and consist of cereal with colored sugar, brown
bread, milk and fruit.

THE PAPER BAG PARTY
Penny Party and Polly Play
Send a message to you, they say,
We give a Paper Bag Party to-morrow
So a Paper Bag please buy, or borrow.

—place.)

(Hour

comes provided with a brown
paper bag, and holes are made in it for eyes and
nose so he can wear it over his head and no end
of fun is had in guessing who is who.

Each

child

When tired of this off come the bags
at a time, they are blind-folded

and

and one

strike out

with a stick, trying to hit a large paper bag
suspended from the ceiling, in the centre of the
room. When struck at last, out falls a shower
of small paper bags, each containing a small
present.

Each

now

provided with a large
paper bag and string, which they will tie near
the top making a paper bag doll. They pull out
the head

child

is

and make

a face with crayons, also
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94

sketch arms close at the sides, and decorate the
whole dress with colored circles to represent
buttons.

Some

made

of the dolls

at this

party

were fashionable ladies, some were cooks and
some became baby dolls under the skillful little
fingers.

The boys

of course enjoyed

men and gentlemen
of pins,

form

dolls,

which pulled

making

police-

which they did by use

the bag's sides together to

trousers.

The joyous thing about

these

Paper Bag

Dolls was that they would stand alone when
completed and were put up in a long row to be
judged.

The Prize for the best one consisted of a
Paper Bag Doll dressed by the hostess, with tissue

paper cape and

hat,

carrying a

paper

parasol.

The

children

begged for

became

so

tissue paper, pins

interested

and

and
they had

scissors,

soon created costumes for the dolls
made.

they

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95

Refreshments were informally served so as
not to interrupt the work. Cookies, sweet chocolate, and apples were passed in paper bags,
each in a small bag placed in a larger bag.
All the children saved their bags to take
home and planned a whole Paper Bag Family.

Said Penny Party and Polly Play
Let's give such a party every day
Said the Paper
'

Bag Dolls

in a row,

'Twould be great fun for us you know,
save up your paper bags to-day,

Then

And

join us in our work and play,"
Paper bags white, Paper bags brown

Make

the Jolliest dolls in town.

They used

to

dance

AN OLD TIME PARTY
The Twins give invitation hearty
To-morrow come to an Old-Time

Party,

We will have some fun in the holidays
With Old-Fashioned dress, and old-time
ways.

(Hour

—place.)

Children come in old time dress and

suits

and find the twins seated singing, "Old Folks
At Home."
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Those who wear wigs, carry fans, and show
huge buckles on their shoes, are much admired.
If each little guest can bring a relic of long ago,
an old-fashioned plate, or candlestick, and put
it on the center table to tell about it later, it will
add to the pleasure of the party.

"Annie Laurie,"
"Comin' Thru The
tableau and sung.

Old-fashioned songs
"Home Sweet Home,"

Rye,"

etc.,

Each

are acted in

as

given a palm-leaf fan with the
following words on it, to be sung to the tune of
child

is

"Long, Long Ago."

They dance

a quadrille

and

sing,

This is the way that they all used to dance,
Long, long ago, long, long ago
Each with his partner slowly advanced,
Long, long ago, long ago,
Bowing politely with old-fashioned ways,
Stepping sedately as sweet music plays,
So they took pleasure in the
Long, long ago, long ago.

far-off days,

Refreshments are made from old time recipes.

A SHADOW-PLAY PARTY
Old Uncle Play planned

a novel kind of a

party.

He wrote on the
You

invitations,

are invited to a

Shadow

Play,

So now, I will name the hour and day,
Come on Wednesday then at four,
And enter by the big front door.

(Hoar

—place.)

Uncle Play divided the children into two
groups, one group going behind a sheet
stretched between two folding doors.
A lamp
was placed back of this. He explained to the
audience group, that the children would show
occupations, in shadow pictures, and leave them
to guess what each picture meant.

The occupations

represented were, sawing

wood, playing piano, eating

at a table,

school, sewing, selling balloons,
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going

mowing

to

the

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lawn, riding (on a rocking horse) playing hand-

organ (use a coffee mill). A postman is shown,
By and by the two sides changed, the audietc.
ence becoming actors.

Uncle Play next chose two boys

to act out

one of his own verses. The second acted as a
shadow, imitating whatever the first boy did.

A

little boy once lost his hat (off goes hat),
His shadow was aware of that, (It dangles
from a string),
He chased it over hill and dale,

And

Up

fell

head-long in a milk-pail,

the ladder he climbed you

see,

The hat caught in a big tall tree,
The ladder fell and down he came,
The shadow ladder did the same.
A friendly breeze its power may lend,
And down the long lost hat may send.
comes on head.)
There is a smile on the boy's face,
He said, "I'm glad no one saw the chase!

(It

THE SILHOUETTE PARTY
The Twins
To a novel

give invitation hearty,
Silhouette Party,

So come prepared to laugh and play,
And enjoy your holiday.

(Hour

—place,)

So read the invitations which contained a
little

picture in silhouette

upon them.

Someone

clever with scissors asks each guest in turn to be

and cuts his silhouette out of black paper
and pins it on a white screen.

seated,

After

all

are done the children try to recog-

own

Next they receive cards
with some object in silhouette upon them, and
they are to write opposite each the month they

nize their

represent.

pictures.

The

cards are prepared with the fol-

lowing drawings.

Wind
May Pole

Bells for January, Flags for February,

Mill for March, Umbrella for April,
for May, Rose for June, Firecracker for July,
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Golden Rod

101

Autumn Leaf

for August,

for

September, Jacko' Lantern for October, Turkey
for

November, Holly Wreath or Tree

for

De-

cember.

No
tests,
lists,

end of fun can be had by similar conanimals, flowers, fruits, etc., may make up
and the child who has the correct list wins

a picture for a prize.

Each

child

may

try to cut a silhouette of a

stuffed bird or animal.

They may

cut silhouettes

and the best one
receives a prize of a Mother Goose book.

of

Mother Goose

characters,

They may see how many words they can
make out of the letters in the word "Silhouette"
in ten minutes.

Each guest finds a card by his place with a
silhouette upon it of some object, as he guesses
the object he

is

The Twins
"Of

all

The

seated.

said

when

they gave this party,

the parties we'll not forget

fun

we had with

the silhouette."

Whirled around

A VALENTINE PARTY
Said the Twins

"On

the fourteenth

let's

be

gay

And

give a party on Saint Valentine's Day."

They wrote

invitations

on correspondence

cards and painted a red heart in each corner.
For decorations they cut red paste board

and red cupids and strung them up about
They had heart-shaped candy boxes
the room.
filled with nuts, and candy hearts and heartshaped cookies with lemon jelly in moulds for
hearts

refreshments.
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Pinning an arrow

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104

On

cambric stretched on a screen or door,
was a large sketch of Cupid. The children
were blindfolded in turn and tried to pierce
Cupid's heart by pinning an arrow in the right
place where his heart was sketched upon him.

Another blindfolded game sent each child to
They are
a big jar in the middle of the room.
whirled around after being blindfolded, but
must find the jar and select their fortune which
These
is written on a heart-shaped valentine.

home-made

made

valentines are

of different col-

ored paper, each color representing a different
kind of fortune, among them the tissue paper
heart, the brown paper heart, the sandpaper
heart, the pinpricked heart and many other
kinds are found.

They

all

The

children

play

"Drop

the Valentine."

choose

Cupid who

around the circle they form and
valentine behind one.

They sing
'

Bush."

to the

finally

skips

drops a

tune of "The Mulberry

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u

Oh who
The

105

will get the valentine,

valentine, the valentine?

Oh who

will get the valentine

This February morning."

They whirl round

to see

who

has the valen-

and the lucky child changes places with
Cupid and the game continues.
tine

They

sing,

naming

the lucky child.

"Oh (Mary) got the valentine
The valentine, the valentine

Oh (Mary)

got the valentine

This February morning."

AN APPLE PARTY
The

were written on red cardan apple and cut double, to

invitations

board shaped

like

contain inside the verse,
In an Apple Party strange things you'll
will dance about an Apple Tree,

We

So come

at

two do not delay,

And many happy games

—place.)

(Hour

we'll play.

see,

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106

played a game of indoor
croquet, using hard apples for balls. They were
later blindfolded one at a time and tried to pin
a cloth stem on a cloth apple sketched on muslin

The

children

and tacked

to a door.

They threw

rings at a stake with an apple

on top for a prize. The most fun of
was dancing round an apple tree.

all

though

An

ever-

branch in a tub with little presents
wrapped in red paper will do, each package has
a number on it and may contain a present, popcorn or candy. The children enjoy little toys
green

or presents most.

They march round
or

hum

to

and sing, whistle
the tune of "Comin' Thru the Rye."
the tree

Apple Tree we're going,
Happy hand in hand,

Round

When

the

we'll stop there

is

no knowing,

We're a merry band,
Tra,

la, la la, la, la, la la,

Hear our voices ring,
As round the Apple Tree we're
Merrily we sing.

going,

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Throning rings

at

107

a stake

The children pause, one is asked to name a
number as a certain "apple" is touched on the
tree.
The child may receive it if he guesses the
number, otherwise another child is asked
and so on, until one is lucky enough toguess the
number on the "apple." They then skip round
the tree singing as before and another apple is
given out, and so on until all are served.
right

For refreshments baked apples and cake are
served.

THE HALLOWEEN PARTY
Said Penny Party and Polly Play

Halloween will come some day,
We'll entertain with stunts and games
I'm sure you'll all be glad you came.

(Hour

—place.)

The above
the shape of a

face

drawn on

When

verse appears

on

invitations cut

pumpkin, and a Jack

o'

Lantern

the outside.

the guests arrive they are led to paper

Jack o' Lanterns of various sizes suspended
from a string stretched across the room. Each
one is given a small rubber ball and has three
The chiltries at hitting the Jack o' Lantern.
dren who hit the largest and smallest Jack o'
Lanterns receive candy boxes which are pumpkin shaped, or any other Halloween favor.

shown four large pumpkins in the center of the room on the floor. One
child is blindfolded and is told to cross the room
without stepping on the pumpkins. His efforts

The

guests are next

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__

109

avoid them are funny as they have been removed while he is being blindfolded. The next
child is blindfolded and the pumpkins are not
to

removed, and he touches them, of course, as he
darts fearlessly across the room. The fun continues now that no child knows whether they
are really there or not until after he has been
blindfolded and tries to cross the room.

The

children

now

choose sides and dance

round a large pumpkin, trying to pull as they
form a circle, so as to make the ones on the opposite sides come near enough to touch the
pumpkin. Any child who does so goes out of
the game.
They sing as they dance round the pumpkin
to the tune of 'Twinkle Little Star."
Round the pumpkin dance and shout
Touch it and we'll clap you out
Then we'll all turn round about,
Round the pumpkin dance and shout.

They

who

face outside the circle to clap out any child

has touched the pumpkin.

has the most

game.

left in

it

when

The

side

who

a bell rings wins the

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110

They now sit in a ring and play the Scarecrow Game. The children choose a Scarecrow,

who

puts on an old cape and hat.

He

He

takes an

umbrella

takes an umbrella, clears his throat

says as he raps

"You
If

on the

floor with

and

it,

are stupid we'll agree,

you can't rap one, two,

three.

He hands the umbrella to

the next child,

who

must repeat the performance

exactly, or the

um-

brella, at the suggestion of the

Scarecrow, goes

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111

and so on. Now the child
must not only repeat the verse and rap as many
times as the Scarecrow did, but must clear his
throat before doing so or the Scarecrow will not
admit that his performance was correct.

on

to the next child,

umbrella comes back to the Scarecrow
without any child doing the stunt correctly, he
may explain it, the next time he may laugh before he raps, or cross his feet or his arms, in
fact do anything that requires careful imitation
If the

and observation. Another way
is

to

have the

first

child

who

to play the

game

does the stunt cor-

change places with the Scarecrow and do
some funny little thing beside reciting the verse
rectly

for the children to imitate.

of

The children next fish to "Let the Cat Out
the Bag" by using bent pins on sticks. They

fish

from a bag shaped

a folded paper fortune.
fished out

if

like a

Cat and draw out

Little presents

may

be

desired.

The dining room may be

lighted with Jack

Lanterns and refreshments served by children
dressed as witches. Peanut butter sandwiches,

o'

cocoa, apples, nuts and candy are served.

A THANKSGIVING PARTY
The Twins

said,

"Let us invent

a

game

to

play

After dinner Thanksgiving day."

As they were invited out with older people
they knew they must amuse themselves after
dinner,

Game"
it,

too.

"A

Sitting-Down
as they called it, and you and I can play
They cut out vegetables and fruits from
so

they

invented

and pasted them on cardboard.
They cut a large basket from cardboard and cut
Penny Party filled his basket by putslits in it.
ting vegetables in it, and Polly Play filled her
basket with flowers, which she put in the slits.
a seed catalogue

The

children enjoyed this so

much

they pre-

Thanksgiving Baskets with
fruits and vegetables, and when they had a party
A whole
it was one of the games they played.
pared a whole

set of

year passed before they could give a regular
Thanksgiving Party, but when the time came
they wrote on cards on which they pasted a picture of a turkey cut

from an advertisement,
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In the Mayflower

sail

away,

With us on this holiday,
At three o'clock we'll look

To

(Hour

sail across the

113

for

you

waters blue.

—place.)

The boys came

costume and the
girls in Puritan costumes.
large packing box
formed a ship, with aid of a mast and tennis nets
in sailor

A

to give a sea-like

appearance.

As many

chil-

dren got in the ship for a ride as possible, and
others grouped around singing familiar sailor
songs.

When

tired of this they "Shot the Indians"

by using a bow and arrow, and aiming at a
figure of an Indian stretched on cloth in a doorway.

The table was decorated with little toy ships.
Turkey sandwiches, orangeade and pumpkin
pie were served.

The children each drew a fortune from a pie
made by crossing paper strips on a big dishpan.
They drew strings and a little candy box with a
sentiment folded on paper was produced.

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
For the Christmas Party the Twins wrote
their

own

invitations containing the following

verse,

A
Is

Christmas Party in old December
one we'll very well remember,

So come

Step inside,

(Hour

by the clock,
you need not knock.

at seven

—place.)

A gayly colored stocking was painted in the
corner of each invitation.

When

the guests arrived they were greeted
with " Merry Christmas" and told to search for
their stockings.

search began and as soon as a child
found a stocking he pinned it up on a homemade mantel piece, made of a screen covered

The

He

found his
own name on the mantel piece and pinned his
stocking under it. As these stockings were
made of gay colored paper the mantel piece
soon had a festive air.

with paper, lined

off as bricks.

114

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The

children

played

THE CHRISTMAS
One

H5

THE GAME OF

STAR.

chosen to carry a large pasteboard star. He runs in and out among them as
they stand in a circle. They all sing, tune
"Lightly Row."
child

Who

is

will go?

Guided by

who

will go?

the Christmas star?

you love,
Shine where'er you are,
Christmas star that shines at night
Making all the world more bright,
Stars above, stars

Shining bright, all the night,
Merry Christmas star.

The child with the star drops it behind a child
who now changes places with him and the game
Each child may have a tiny star
continues.
with the words of the song upon it. They
played the game of, Santa Claus Pack.

The

children choose Santa Claus

who

gives

names of toys. They form a circle
about him, and he tells a story saying, "I will
pack up now and I want my top and my horn,"

the children

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116

Draiving Out of Santa's Pack

naming any toys, and the children who had
these names run to a place agreed upon as goal,
the last one to get there

Santa Claus says,
"Reach

A
Each

into

chance

my

to

out of the game.

is

when
sack,

the

game

is

what can you

ended,
see,

trim a Christmas Tree."

child draws out of Santa's

pack an

envelope in which is a Christmas tree cut out of
green cardboard with slits in it, and gay toys
cut from advertisements and pasted on tag cardboard. The game consists in placing toys in
slits in the tree, and the one who has the most
artistic arrangement wins the prize.

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117

Another game enjoyed was, Filling the
Stocking. A stocking is drawn on cambric
stretched across a

doorway.

opening

and the children

little

in the top,

rubber balls into

successful

receive

it.

little

The

It

has a large
try to toss

children

cards

who

shaped

are
like

stockings.

They next wrote on cardboard

stocking-

shaped cards all the toys they could think of,
and the one who had the longest list when a bell
rang won the prize, a tiny stocking made of netting and filled with peanuts.

At

were found home-made picture
puzzles, cut-up pictures of toys, mounted on
cardboards, cut from advertisements in magtables

azines.

They next played

the

Game

of Christmas

Candle.

The

children sat in two lines opposite each

other and chose the child with the candle, which

may

be an electric candle or torch

if

desired.

This child skips round each line saying,
Candle light candle bright,
What can you see by candle light?

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118

They

all rise,

clap hands and say,

you may believe
Santa Claus on Christmas Eve."

"What do we

We

see

see,

child with the candle then runs through

The

the line saying,

What you
But don't

say
let

is

very true,

Santa Claus see you.

the word, "you," all rise, skip to opposite
line and the child with the candle tries to get
into any seat, and the child left out takes the

At

and

candle,

the

game

continues.

one child at a time is blindfolded whirled around, and then told to go to
the Christmas tree and wave a wand so as to
touch a toy on the tree. As soon as he or she
touches the toy, the children watching cry,

To

select gifts

Be you girl, or be you boy
Here is your Merry Christmas

The

toy!

child's eyes are uncovered, he takes the

toy he touched, and the next child

comes and

on.

As

the

little

guests went away,

Said Penny Party to Polly Play
"I wish Christmas came every day."

so

A NEW YEAR'S PARTY
The
the

first

children suggested they give a party on
of January and they wrote,
Will you spend an hour with Father Time?
We will engage in game and rhyme,
So come tomorrow please at four,
Father Time will greet you at the door.

(Time

—place.)

True to his word Father Time greets each
child and gives him a gayly tinted pasteboard
bell, and on the bell is a verse telling him to go
on a pleasure hunt in this way,
For other bells search full well
'Till you hear the tinkle of a bell.

The children look for other
all

about the room, and

stop their hunt.
bells in the time

The

little

bells

placed

at the tinkle of a bell

child

who found

allowed receives a

the most

little bell-

shaped booklet, to wear round the neck
pended by a ribbon.
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sus-

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120

Each

child

is

pencil and pin.
face

on

it,

__

passed a pasteboard circle, a
He makes a watch or clock

and pins

it

on

to

wear.

A bell now calls them to play, A New Year's
Game.

Time divides them into sides of an
even number and they stand opposite each other.
They skip forward and back saying with hands
Father

clasped.

Ha,

ha, ha, we're glad we're here

We

wish you

Father

Time

all

A Happy New

Year.

passes through and they lower

arms at any time to catch him. He chooses
some one to take his place and the game con-

their

tinues.

They may now ask Father Time
which are suspended
fastened to a string

down one

for fortunes

in tiny bags or envelopes,

hung

across the room.

He

fortune after another with his
scythe, (which is only a sickle wrapped with tis-

cuts

sue paper).

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121

The fortunes suggest any cute thing as,
"You are going on a journey soon," "You will
receive a letter," etc.

The
as

now guess the end of the rhyme
Time holds his Hour Glass and

children

Father

recites,

To

be on time

is

For most schools

At

always

fine,

start at nine.

close of school haste once more,

Leave the school room then at four.
For dinner some folks have to delve
Be in your place then at twelve.

At supper time play no
For

the

meal begins

tricks

at six.

A bell summons all to refreshments.

Paper

napkins contain pictures of bells upon them, a
large paper bell is hung over the light and has
streamers to each place, marked by tiny little
bells that really tinkle.
They have sandwiches,
chocolate, custard

and cake.

THE PARASOL PARTY
Grandmother Play helped the children plan
a new kind of a party. They drew and colored
parasols on cards and wrote on them,

A Parasol Party we give outside,
We hope you'll come from far and
A Parasol Party lots of fun,
We hope you'll come now every one.

wide,

is

(Hour

—place.)

Japanese parasols were covered with colored
paper pinned on, so children could choose their
colors.

A

Japanese booth was made out doors and
child in Japanese costume gave out the parasols
as chosen by the little guests. They chose colors
by turning a spinning top that whirled on a
colored disk. As the top stopped, the color of
the parasol was indicated.
One by one children marched up and down
under their parasols and tried to find children

with the same color on their parasol. When
Parasol Game.
tired of marching they played

A

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To

play this

game

123

the children stand in a

"Guessing Child" who
goes about inside the circle. She turns slowly

circle,

and choose

and looks

the

at all the

children in the circle, as

they hold their open parasols.

She

is

then blind-

folded and one child steps out of the circle, the

bandage is taken off her eyes and she must guess
who went out of the circle, or try to remember,
as the children have stepped close to form a
cannot tell who is
missing from the circle she goes out of the game
and the child who stepped out is the "Guessing
Child" and the game continues.
They also played a Clapping Game.
The children stand in a circle and choose
one to wind in and out between them carrying
perfect circle again.

an open parasol.
All clap hands and

If she

say,

Clap the hands clap the hands,
Play you're in far-off Japan,
Clap the hands, clap the hands,
Be lucky if you can.

now

who

has been winding in and out
hands the parasol to any one, and they skip

The

child

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124

round the
the

circle twice,

game continues

as

and change places and
long as desired.

under open parasols on the
lawn to eat refreshments which are served on
Japanese trays with a Japanese fan as souvenir.
Peanut butter sandwiches, and orangeade were
served, Japanese stories told and Japanese songs
Children

sit

sung.

A PILLOW PARTY
very hot summer day Grandmother
Play said, "We'll give a Pillow Party," so the
Twins wrote on pillow-shaped invitations,

One

"We give invitation hearty
To a summer Pillow Party,
So bring

We

a

pillow large or small

we can

use

them

came and

sat

down

think that

all."

—place.)

(Hour
The

children

in the yard

on their own pillows, soon a good natured pillow fight began, next they built a house on the

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125

lawn, outlining the rooms with pillows. After
the house was completed the Story Lady came

and

said,

"Form
Let's

They

a circle, one, two, three,
sit

under

a

shady

tree."

gathered round in a circle and she
told the story of The Feather Fairy.
One day a Feather Fairy said,
all

"I hope I

may

fly

an hour or

Before, into a pillow

I

have

so,

to

go"

She had seen other Feather Fairies beaten

and pounded
sizes, so she

into pillows of

many

shapes and

continued,

"If into the parlor pillow I go,

have many lonesome hours I know,
If in the pillow on the chair,
Some one will sit upon me there,
In the hammock pillow I might swing,
And hear the sweet birds sing and sing.
I'd like to creep under a small boy's head,
I'll

That's the next thing the pillow said."

At

that very

minute some one came along

and picked up a lot of feathers. They did not
know that there was a Fairy among them. Into

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126

a neat pillow they were put

Fairy lay

and the Feather

still.

At

just exactly quarter of eight

She heard a small boy say, "I'm late,
Early to bed I go in each season,
I

It

was

want

to be healthy, that's the reason."

a very hot night,

and the

little

boy con-

tinued,
"I wish a fairy
I'll

close

my

would put me

eyes and quiet keep."

The Feather Fairy
"A

to sleep,

sang,

Feather Fairy sings and

sings,

Of dreams, and pleasant far-off
Nestle down close, see how soft

And

I

things,
I

seem,

will whisper a Fairy dream."

Off and away the little boy went into Dreamland, and the Feather Fairy sang,

"When you

put a pillow under your head,
Think of what the Feather Fairy said,
Little children if you quiet keep,
I'll rock you to the land of sleep,

up tight,"
Feather Fairy "good night, good

Just close your

Sings the
night."

little

eyes

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12?

After telling the story refreshments were

which consisted of orangeade and waf;
candy, shaped like pillows, and berries wen

passed,
ers,

enjoyed.

The

children laid ten pillows in a row and
threw small rubber balls at them, those touching
the

most pillows in a given length of time

ceived a prize, the girls

re-

received a pillow-

shaped sachet, and the boys a bean-bag.
To close the party they had a pillow march
to music, each one carrying his pillow on his
head, as the pillows dropped off amid much
laughter the Twins said,

We

all

You

say with laugh so hearty

can have such fun at

a

Pillow Party.

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