Thursday, January 29, 2009

Old Fashioned Valentine's Day Games

Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik

Today I have some Valentine's Day game ideas from Bright Ideas for Entertaining (1905). From reading the entire text it seems like these were games played by young, unmarried adults. My, how things have changed! I think these would be great for all ages, and especially at a get-together where there are great grandparents, parents, older kids and toddlers. They would also make fun group or classroom games.

THROWING HEARTS: A low scrapbasket was placed in the centre of the room, and the company arranged into opposing parties, forming two half circles around the basket. Cardboard hearts in two different colors were given the sides, an equal number to each side. We were then requested to try to throw them in the basket, and all endeavored to do so, but found they had a tantalizing way of landing on the floor. When we had exhausted our cards, those in the basket were counted, and the side having the most of its own color won the game.

BLIND HEARTS: A small blackboard was placed on an easel at one end of the room, and we were each in turn blindfolded, and handed a piece of chalk with which to draw an outline of a heart,and to write our name in the center. The one doing the best to have a prize of a large candy heart.

SHADOW PICTURES: White cards with numbers in cherry ink and small cherry colored pencils were passed to each. As the shadow (profile) was thrown upon the sheet, the name was written after the number on the card. Prizes were given for the most correct guesses. The girls' prize was a cherry-colored satin pin cushion in the shape of a heart; the boys', an earthen pig.

On OFL we have more old fashioned Valentine's games:

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