child's game


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Noun1.child's game - a game enjoyed by children
game - a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"
blindman's bluff, blindman's buff - a children's game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch and identify other players
cat and mouse, cat and rat - a game for children in which the players form a circle and join hands; they raise their hands to let a player inside the circle or lower their hands to bar a second player who is chasing the first
cat's cradle - a game played with string looped over the fingers
hide and go seek, hide-and-seek - a game in which a child covers his eyes while the other players hide then tries to find them
hopscotch - a game in which a child tosses a stone into an area drawn on the ground and then hops through it and back to regain the stone
jacks, knucklebones, jackstones - a game in which jackstones are thrown and picked up in various groups between bounces of a small rubber ball
jackstraws, spillikins - a game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off of a pile without moving any of the others
jump rope - a child's game or a cardiopulmonary exercise in which the player jumps over a swinging rope
leapfrog - a game in which one child bends down and another leaps over
marbles - a children's game played with little balls made of a hard substance (as glass)
mumble-the-peg, mumblety-peg - a game in which players throw or flip a jackknife in various ways so that the knife sticks in the ground
going to Jerusalem, musical chairs - a child's game in which players march to music around a group of chairs that contains one chair less than the number of players; when the music abruptly stops the players scramble to sit and the player who does not find a chair is eliminated; then a chair is removed and the march resumes until only the winner is seated
bopeep, peekaboo - a game played with young children; you hide your face and suddenly reveal it as you say boo!
pillow fight - a child's game of fighting with pillows
post office - a children's game in which kisses are exchanged for pretended letters
spin the bottle - a game in which a player spins a bottle and kisses the person that it points to when it stops spinning
spin the plate, spin the platter - a game in which something round (as a plate) is spun on edge and the name of a player is called; the named player must catch the spinning object before it falls or pay a forfeit
tag - a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser
tiddlywinks - a game in which players try to flip plastic disks into a cup by pressing them on the side sharply with a larger disk
References in classic literature ?
Her innocent face looked back so brightly over his shoulder, as he walked away with her, singing her the song of the child's game: 'Who passes by this road so late?
Turkey said on Friday the European Union was making a "child's game" out of its membership talks, wrangling over threats to end them, and reminded the bloc of its strategic importance abutting Middle Eastern conflict zones.
Draughts is a child's game, chess a thinking man's game.

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