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Mario Party
Mario Party is the first in a series of board game style video games for Nintendo platforms, featuring the popular Mario characters. It was released on the Nintendo 64 in North America on February 8, 1999 following a Japanese release on...
Poor Pussy
Poor Pussy is a party game described in a Childcraft book of children's games. As it is described: This game makes everybody laugh. Have the guests sit around the room. Choose one person to be the pussy. Pussy must go over to a guest...
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a game played by groups of children. A picture of a donkey (or possibly another animal) is tacked to a wall within easy reach of the children (usually to a large cork bulletin board). Then each child in turn,...
Pass the parcel
Pass the parcel is a popular children's party game in which a parcel is passed from person to person around a circle. In preparation for the game, a prize (or "gift") is wrapped in a large number of layers of wrapping paper....
Hunt the Thimble
Hunt the Thimble (also known as Hide the Thimble) is a party game in which all but one partygoer leaves the room. The person remaining in the room hides a thimble, or other small object, somewhere in the room. When everyone comes back...
Witch's Casket
Witch's Casket was an informal children’s game of the Georgian era. It was played with catgut, often from a discarded harp or violin string, and a wooden dowel or stick, known as "the casket." A child held the catgut string with both...
Smear the queer
Smear the queer (also called smear) is a rougher tag variant more common among older children and teenagers. In this game, "it" is instead called "the queer" (the word is used in the Victorian sense of "strange person" rather than the...
Sleeping lions
Sleeping lions is a children's game. All but one or two players are "lions", and lie down on the floor, eyes closed, as if they were "sleeping". The remaining one or two players ("hunters") move about the room attempting to encourage...
Simon says
Simon Says is a game for three or more players (most often children). One of the people is "it" -- i.e., Simon. The others must do what Simon tells them to do. The catch is, the magic phrase is "Simon says." If Simon says "Simon says...
Sardines
In the variant of Hide and Seek, known as sardines , only one player hides while all the rest count. All the counting players then split up and each searches for the one player hiding. When a searcher find the hiding player, they join in...
Origins of Red Rover
The origin of the name, Red Rover, and its usage in association with this game is not clear. Red Rover appears to have been used as a name for boats in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1828 a steamboat called 'The Red Rover' was the first...
Red Rover
Red Rover (also known as Red Rover, Red Rover; Forcing the City Gates; Pom, Pom Pullaway; and Octopus Tag) is a game played primarily by children in which the players form two teams. Each team holds hands in a line, thus forming two...
Red light, green light
Red light, green light is a game played mostly by children. The "it" person stands at one end of the playing field, with the rest of the players at the other end. "It" turns their back to the others and calls out "Green light!" The...
Red Hands
Red Hands , also known as hot hands or slaps , is a children's game which can be played by two players. One player (the slapper) hovers his or her hands closely above those of the other player for a predetermined time (the...
Chinese fire drill
A Chinese fire drill is a dangerous prank, or perhaps just an expression of high spirits, popular in the United States during the 1960s. It is performed when a car is stopped at a red traffic light, at which point all of the car's...
Musical chairs
Musical chairs is a game played by a group of people (usually children), often in an informal setting purely for entertainment such as a birthday party. The game starts with any number of players and a number of chairs one fewer than the...
Mother May I?
Mother May I? is a children's game. One player, particularly a female (but sometimes a male) plays the "mother" or "father". The other players are the "children". One of the other players asks "Mother/Father, may I?". The mother/father...
Mary Mack
Mary Mack is a clapping game played by children in English language countries. In the game, two children stand or sit opposite to each other, and clap hands in tune to rhyming song. The same song is also used as a jumprope rhyme. The...
Leapfrog
Leapfrog is a children's game in which players vault over each other's stooped backs. The first participant rests hands on knees and bends over, this is called giving a back. The next player places hands on the first's back and leaps...
Kiss chase
Kiss chase is a simple tag variant, in which tagging is performed by kissing the taggee. This has a radical effect on the game dynamic, as any issues of who can run faster or slower are usually immediately replaced by a desire to kiss...
Keep Away
Keep Away is a children's game sometimes called Monkey in the Middle or Pickle in a Dish. It is played essentially like reverse dodge ball because instead of trying to hit people in the center with the ball, you are trying to keep the...
Jump rope
Jump rope, also known as skipping rope or skip rope, is a game played primarily by children and primarily by girls in which one or more children jump over a spinning rope so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. This may...
Hopscotch
Hopscotch originated in Britain during the early Roman Empire. It was initially designed as a training regimen for Roman foot soldiers who ran the course in full armor and field packs as it was thought that Hopscotch would improve their...
Peekaboo
Peekaboo (also Peek a boo) is a game similar to hide and seek, but played with babies. In the game one hides their face, pops back into the baby's view, and says - to the baby's amusement - Peekaboo!.  

Hide and seek
Hide and seek (sometimes also called hide and go seek) is a popular tag variant that is best played in areas with lots of potential hiding spots, such as a forest or a large house. The game starts with all players in a central location....
Seven Up (game)
Seven Up (sometimes called Heads Up or Thumbs Up) is a children's game that is played in primary school, and to a lesser extent at parties. The goal is for selected participants to correctly guess the person who pressed their thumb. ...
Gameplay [Gite (game)]
Round 1 Throw : Toss all the stones into the air, allowing them to fall to the ground. If one stone is touching, or resting on another, pick it up. Otherwise, take one of the stones into your hand. Toss and Catch : Using only...
Gite (game)
Gite is a popular children's game played all over India. Variations of the game have spread to as diverse locations as (among many others) Israel and Paraguay. 5 Round stones of fairly equal proportions, not too large, not too small. 2 to...
Four square
Four square is a sport played usually in American elementary schools (but also seen in Australia, Bahrain, Britain, Canada, Kuwait and New Zealand), plus the occasional high school or college, with a ball and a set of four squares. With...
Follow the Leader (game)
First a leader or "head of the line" is chosen, then the children all line up behind the leader . The leader then moves around and all the children have to mimic the leader's actions players who mess up or do not do what the leader does...
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