Birds Of The Air

To make this game a success, a grown-up had better take command, as some appropriate patter must be used.
All competitors must face the speaker, with the right hand placed upon the left arm. each time the speaker mentions the name of a bird, the right hand of all the players must be raised and fluttered in the air to imitate a bird; should birds, in general, be mentioned both hands must be fluttered by all... when an animal or anything that cannot fly is mentioned, the right hand must remain on the left arm.


Of course, the speaker tries to make the players go astray as a forfeit must be paid by anyone doing the wrong thing. All being ready, he begins to tell them a story after this style:

“I had just turned out of bed and was on my way to the bathroom. It was a beautiful spring morning, and the birds were singing charmingly. I opened the window and on the lawn was a lovely thrush, trying to pull a worm out of the ground. A blackbird darted out of a bush and made a rush but neither of them obtained the worm. When I went out the air was full of song from all kinds of birds; and in the tree on my right, a squirrel was leaping about.”

Let us review this little speech:
“I had just turned out of bed and was on my way to the bathroom. It was a beautiful spring morning, and the birds (here all hands should flutter) were singing charmingly. I opened the window and on the lawn was a lovely thrush, (all right hands should flutter) trying to pull a worm out of the ground. A blackbird (all right hands should flutter) darted out of a bush and made a rush but neither of them obtained the worm. When I went out the air was full of song from all kinds of birds; (all hands should flutter) and in the tree on my right, a squirrel (right hand replaced on left arm) was leaping about.”
It is obvious that the more frequently the speaker varies his allusions from animals to birds, and vice versa, the greater will be the number of forfeits he obtains.

 


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