This file includes fun and games, game ABC list, B-I-N-G-O, card games, chess, darts, dominoes, hide and seek, hula hoops, pinball, pool, and swinging. Also see Sports.
- Are You Game?
- Fun and Games
- The Games People Play
- Gonna Have a Lot of Fun
- Good Clean Fun
- It May Be Silly But Ain't it Fun
- The Sweet Smell of Victory
- Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct
- Children's games are hardly games. Children are never more serious than when they play. (Montaigne)
- Games lubricate the body and the mind. (Benjamin Franklin)
- Here we have a game that combines the charm of a Pentagon briefing with the excitement of double-entry bookkeeping. (Cecil Adams about Dungeons and Dragons)
- It's not whether you win or lose,
it's how you play the game.
- It's only a game until you lose.
- Make games important but not predominant. (Kurt Hahn)
- No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games. (W. H. Auden)
- The perfect family board game is one that can be played each time with fewer pieces. (Robert Brault))
- We don't stop playing because we get old...we get old because we stop playing.
- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)
- Take photos of child playing games that starts with each letter from the list below.
- For clipart use scans of boxes, playing pieces, cards, etc.
- For some board games, sketch them on the page or construct out of paper.
- For checkers use red squares for journaling and black squares to mount photos. Use scans of checkers for clipart.
(compiled by Denny Davis - I am a solitaire fan so many of these are card games. Some of the others are games I played as a kid in the fifties. I welcome additions to the list.)
# - 21, 3-Card Monte, 4-Square, 5-Card Stud, 7-Card Draw, 7-Up
A - Acey-Duecey, Aggravation, Air Hockey, Anagrams, Annie Annie Over, Ants in the Pants, Auld Lang Syne, Authors, Auto Trip, Axis and Allies
B - Baccarat, Backgammon, Baker's Dozen, Balderdash, Barrel of Monkeys, Battleship, Bean Bag Toss, Beggar Your Neighbor, Beleaguered Castle, Bingo, Blackjack, Blind Man's Bluff, Blitz, Block Breaker, Blockhead, Blurt, Bocce, Bridge, Boggle, Bonkers, Booby-Trap, Bunco, Buzz
C - Canasta, Candy Land, Canfield, Carom, Casino, Cat and Mouse, Catch Phrase, Categories, Charades, Charley Over the Water, Checkers, Chess, Chicago, Chinese Checkers, Chutes and Ladders, Citadel, Clock, Clue, Coffee Pot, Concentration, Connect Four, Cootie, Crack the Whip, Crazy Eights, Cribbage, Crokinole, Croquet
D - Deuces Wild, Dice, Did You Ever See a Lassie, Diplomacy, Dodge Ball, Dominoes, Don't Break the Ice, Don't Spill the Beans, Dots and Boxes, Draughts, Drop the Handkerchief, Double Dutch (skipping), Duck Duck Goose, Ducks Fly, Dune, Dungeon, Dungeons and Dragons
E - Eagle Wing, Earth Air Fire and Water, Elevens, Euchre
F - Fan Tan, Farmer in the Dell, Fascination, Fences, Five Hundred, Flinch, Flower Garden, Flying Dutchman, Follow the Leader, Forfeits, Forty Thieves, Four Square, Fox and Geese, Freeze Tag, Frisbee
G - The Game of Life, Game of the States, Ghosts, Ghosts in the Graveyard, Giant Steps, Gin Rummy, Golf, Go, Go Fish, Gossip, Guess Who
H - Hands Down, Hangman, Happy Families, Hearts, Hide and Seek, High Low Jack, Hi-Q, Hide the Thimble, Honeymoon Whist, Hopscotch, Horse, Horse race, Horseshoes, Hot Potato, Hotter Colder, Hul Gul, Hula Hoop, Hungry Hungry Hippos
I - I Doubt It, I Spy, I Took a Trip
J - Jacks, Jacks or Better to Open, Jarts, Jenga, Joker, Joker's Wild, Juggling, Jump Rope
K - Keep Away, Ker Plunk, Kick the Can, King Row Checkers, Kings Cribbage, Kings in the Corner, Kismet, Klondike, Knaves
L - La Belle Lucie, Labyrinth, Lap Sit, Leap Frog, Left Right, Lemonade, Liar's Poker, Life, Limbo, Liverpool Rummy, London Bridge, Looby Loo
M - Mah Jongg, Marbles, Master Mind, Memory, Michigan Rummy, Mille Bornes, Minister's Cat, Monopoly, Mother May I, Mouse Trap, Musical Chairs, My Word, Myst
N - Needle's Eye, Nestor, Newmarket, Nine Mens Morris, Noughts and Crosses
O - Obstacle Course, Oh Hell, Old Maid, Operation, Osmosis, Othello, Ouija, Outburst
P - Paper Rock Scissors, Parcheesi, Party Line, Password, Patience, Payday, Phase 10, Pick Up Sticks, Pictionary, Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey, Pinochle, Pit, Pitch, Poison, Pokeno, Poker, Pom Pom Pullaway, Progressive Rummy, Pyramid
Q - Quadtria, Quartet, Quiddler, Quince, Quinto, Qwitch
R - Red Light/Green Light, Red Rover, Reversi, Ring Around the Rosie, Risk, Rook, Royal Rummy, Rummy, Run Sheep Run
S - Sardines, Scattergories, Scavenger Hunt, Scrabble, Senat, Seven Devils, Seven Up, Shamrocks, Similies, Simon, Simon Says, Skat, Skip-bo, Skittles, SlapJack, Snakes and Ladders, Snip Snap Snorem, Solitaire, Sorry, Spade, Spill and Spell, Spider Solitaire, Spin the Bottle, Spit, Spit in the Ocean, Statue, Stratego, Stud Poker
T - Taboo, Tag, Tarot, Telephone, Tetherball, Three Deep, Thumb Wrestling, Tic-Tac-Toe, Tiddlywinks, Trampoline, TriBond, Tri-Ominos, Trivial Pursuit, Trouble, Truth Or Dare, Tug of War, Twenty-One, Twenty Questions, Twister
U - Uncle Joshua, Uncle Wiggly, Ungame, Uno, Uno Dominoes, Up and Down the River, Ups and Downs, Upset the Fruit Basket, UpWords
V - Variance, Vegas
W - War, Water Works, Whisper Down the Lane, Whist, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Wiffle Ball, Wolf, Wordster
X - X's and O's, Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess)
Y - Yahtzee, YoYo, Yukon
Z - Zeroes and Crosses, Zingo, Zobmondo, Zoofari
Songs about Games
- 1-2-3 Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Company (1968)
- Chinese Checkers - Booker T. and the MGs (1963)
- Computer Games - Bart Willoughby (1997)
- Hop-Scotch Hop - Jimmy Charles (1960)
- Ivory Marbles - B.B. Cunningham, Jr. (1961)
- Kid Games and Nursery Rhymes - Buddy Cagle and Penny DeHaven (1968)
- Money, Marbles, and Chalk - The Tennessee Cut-Ups (1960)
- Mumbly Peg - Dale Hawkins (1961)
- Name Game, The - Shirley Ellis (1965)
- Pick-Up Sticks - It's a Beautiful Day (2000)
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey - Paul Peek (1966)
- Shuffle Board - Sil Austin (1954)
- Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Company (1968)
- Snakes and Ladders - Joni Mitchell and Don Henley (1988)
- Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins - Rosie Flores (1988)
- Stop Playing Ping-Pong - The Six Teens (1958)
- Tag, You're it - The Pat McJimsey Band (1984)
- Tic-Tac-Toe - Billy and Lillie (1964)
- Toys and Games - Judd Erickson (1993)
- Where Do the Children Play? - Cat Stevens (1970)
- Word Games - Billy Walker (1975)
Songs about Fun
- All the Fun - Paul Overstreet (1989)
- Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys (1964)
- Fun of Open Discussion, The - Bob Carlin and John Hartford (1995)
- Girl Don't Have to Drink to Have Fun, A - Wanda Jackson (1967)
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (1983)
- Gonna Have a Lot of Fun - Les Cooper (1969)
- Good Clean Fun - Allman Brothers Band (1990)
- Hot Fun in the Summer Time - Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
- It May Be Silly But Ain't it Fun - Hardrock Gunter (1958)
- Let's Put the Fun Back in Rock 'n' Roll - Freddy Cannon (1981)
- Summer Means Fun - Bruce and Terry (1964)
- Too Much Fun - Daryle Singletary (1995)
- What Fun We're Having in Illinois - Catfish Keith (2006)
- Whole Lot of Fun Before This Weekend is Done, A - Little Milton (1967)
Bingo is a religion. They play it in churches . . . don't they?
- Bingo is My Thing-o!
- Support Bingo. Keep Grandmas Off the Street!
- Was There Life B-4 Bingo?
- When the Chips are Down...Yell BINGO!
- World's Greatest Bingo Loser!
As I lay me down to slumber
All I need is one more number
When to the big game I go
I pray the Lord I yell BINGO.
I'm sitting here at Bingo and looking all around
at the nicest bunch of friends ever to be found.
if one is missing, you hope that they're alright,
and maybe had a special thing going on that night.
You show some pictures of your grandkids,
and hope that all agree
they are the cutest kids
and how proud that you must be.
You wish each other luck in winning a game tonight
a regular, a special, or the Jackpot you might.
We all do have our aches and pains,
And some of us have canes.
We all do have that certain smile
that goes with Bingo games.
And most of all I think you'll agree
that we are like a family.
Quotes About Card Games
- The first rule of poker: A Colt 45 always beats 4 aces.
- If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time. (Chinese proverb)
- Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.
- Old card players never die...they just shuffle away!
- Card Trivia: Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
(Gerogie Starbuck Gailbraith)
Men will tell you, five out of six,
That women and poker should never mix.
Their knowledge of poker is always scanty.
They fool with their hair when they ought to ante.
They ask if four aces beats a flush
And how are the children? They never hush.
No, women and poker should never meet.
They think the blue chips are awfully sweet.
So they pile them up and sit there grinning
And drive you crazy and keep on winning!
Last night I held a lovely hand,
A hand so small and neat,
I thought my heart would
burst with joy,
So wildly did it beat.
No other hand unto my heart
Could greater pleasure bring
Than the dear one that
I held last night--
Four aces and a king
Songs about Card Games
- Ace in the Hole - George Strait (1989)
- Ace of Hearts, The - Slim Dusty (1985)
- Ace of Spades - Cub Koda (1985)
- Aces - Suzy Bogguss (1992)
- Aces 'n' Eights - Blue Cheer (1969)
- Aces and Eights - Uncle Kracker (2000)
- Aces Wild - Johnny Ace (1953)
- Any Face Card Beats a Ten - Tom Constanten (1989)
- Blackjack - J.D. Crowe and the New South (1987)
- Callin' Your Bluff - Rattlesnake Annie (1987)
- Clubs, Spades, Diamonds and Hearts - Hank Thompson (1968)
- Cutters, Dealers, Cheaters - Janet Bean (2003)
- Deal Me a Hand - Bill Haley and His Saddlemen (1950)
- Deal Me in - The O'Kaysions (1968)
- Dealin' From the Bottom of the Deck - Lonesome Sundown (1977)
- Deck of Cards - Bill Anderson (1991)
- Deuces Wild - Link Wray and the Raymen (1964)
- Double or Nothing - Johnny Taylor (1968)
- Draw of the Cards - Kim Carnes (1981)
- Five Will Get You Ten - We Five (1967)
- Five-Card Stud - Billy Strange (1968)
- From a Jack to a Joker to a Clown - Earl Scott (1962)
- From a Jack to a King - Ricky Van Shelton (1988)
- Full House - The Al Casey Combo (1963)
- High, Low, Jack - Buddy Lucas (1954)
- Holdin' a Good Hand - Lee Greenwood (1990)
- I Always Play a Losing Hand - Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan (1951)
- Jack O' Diamonds - Ed McCurdy (1950)
- Jack of Diamonds - The Fendermen (1964)
- King of Hearts - Kokomo (1961)
- Liar's Poker - Chuck Pyle (2001)
- Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan (1975)
- Losing Hand - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1969)
- Marked Deck - The Fabulous Thunderbirds (1979)
- No Aces - Patti Page (1981)
- Pair of Fives, A - Buck Trent and Roy Clark (1974)
- Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton (1981)
- Queen of Hearts is Missing, The - Mel Torme (1950)
- Read 'em and Weep - Barry Manilow (1983)
- Red Deck of Cards, The - Red River Dave McEnery (1953)
- Seven Cards From Now - Howard Crockett (1958)
- Solitaire - Jann Arden (2007)
- Wild Card - Jimmy Bryant and Tex Williams (1950)
- Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time. (George Bernard Shaw)
- Chess is so interesting in itself, as not to need the view of gain to induce engaging in it; and thence it is never played for money. (Benjamin Franklin)
- It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said "Mate!" in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious. (A.A. Milne)
- Life's too short for chess. (Henry James Byron)
- Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box. (Italian proverb)
Songs about Chess
- 1972 Washington State Chess Tournament - Anne Dudley (2009)
- Checkmate - Ryan Cohan (2007)
- Chess - Jack Wilkins (1991)
- Chess Champion - Watchers (2007)
- Chess Club - Chad Seiter (2010)
- Chess for Fun - King Bishop and the Squares (2000)
- Chess Game - Tad Michael Wheeler (2008)
- Chess Move - Age of Zen (2009)
- Chess Pieces - Kansas City Jammers (2007)
- Chess Players - The Jimmy Rowles Trio (1997)
- Darts develops hand/eye coordination, patience, motor-control, sportsmanship and is extremely relaxing.
- The nature of the sport [darts] demands hard work and practice...There are times when I spend time trying to throw the darts at the darts bullseye and in eventually hitting one provides a good level of personal satisfaction.
- Playing darts with friends is one way of improving scoring and finishing. The challenge of playing with another player results in an improved frame of mind than if playing solo, in that the competition is there.
- I love to play and I love to win. But mostly it's just a really fun night to play darts and hang out with a great group of people. (Michelle Samarel)
- The last thing I'm going to do is run around town trying to tell anybody that darts is going to be the next poker...but darts had a lot to recommend it to American television. It fits into that intersection of American popular culture and sports and regular life, which poker has readily occupied. So there are some similarities. (Michael Davies)
- Unlike most sports, anybody, any size, any age, any weight, with almost any handicap can play darts, and be GOOD at it. I've seen people throw darts from a wheelchair, on crutches and with a head brace! I've seen people from eight to eighty play and play well at that. All it takes is practice.
- You don't have to be a beer drinker to play darts...but it helps.
- See The Most Complete Collection of Dart Games On the Web.
- I'm not that young anymore. You're playing dominoes after midnight, it kind of wears on you. You have to start watching every play you make so you don't mess up. (Jim Kolos)
- Of course, I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris. (Oscar Wilde)
- We think it will be the next cool thing. We're connecting with the best places dominoes is played, so naturally we're going to start in uptown Manhattan and the Bronx, the places where it really happens. (Lino Garcia)
Songs about Dominoes
- Dominoes - Robbie Neville (1987)
- Play Dominoes - Seven Summits (2009)
- Play Dominoes in the Dark - Breynes and Lovestone (2007)
- Playin' Dominoes and Shootin' Dice - Jimmie Dolan (1953)
- Row of Dominoes - Joe Ely (1988)
I'm hiding, I'm hiding,
And no one knows where;
For all they can see is my
Toes and my hair.
And I just heard my father
Say to my mother--
"But, darling, he must be
Somewhere or other;"
"Have you looked in the inkwell?"
And Mother said, "Where?"
"In the inkwell," said Father. But
I was not there.
Then "Wait!" cried my mother--
"I think that I see
Him under the carpet." But
It was not me.
"Inside the mirror's
A pretty good place,"
Said Father and looked, but saw
Only his face.
"We've hunted," sighed Mother,
"As hard as we could
And I am so afraid that we've
Lost him for good."
Then I laughed out aloud
And I wiggled my toes
And Father said--"Look, dear,
I wonder if those
"Toes could be Benny's?
There are ten of them, see?
And they were so surprised to find
Out it was me!
Hide and Seek
When I am alone,
and quite alone,
I play a game,
and it's all my own.
I hide myself
And then I try
To find myself.
I hide in the closet,
Where no one can see;
Then I start looking
Around for me.
I hide myself
And look for myself;
There once was a shadow
I took for myself.
I hide in a corner;
I hide in the bed;
And when I come near me
I pull in my head!
Songs about Hide and Seek
- Ally, Ally, Oxen Free - The Kingston Trio (1963)
- Hide and Go Seek - Bunker Hill (1962)
- Hide and Seek - Lisa Mandelstein (2004)
- Hiding Place - Joe South and the Believers (1965)
- Peek, Peek-a-Boo - The Ermines (1955)
- Peek-a-Boo - The New Vaudeville Band (1967)
- Perfect Place to Hide - Tim O'Brien (1993)
- Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love) - Delfonics (1969)
- 'Round and Around
from Christmas, Don't Be Late
(Alvin and the Chipmunks)
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer.
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast.
Want a plane that loops the loop
Me, I want a hula hoop.
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don't be late.
Songs about Hula Hoops
- Hoopahoola Boogie - Chuck Miller Trio (1954)
- Hula Hoop (Shoop Shoop) - Dave 'Baby' Cortez (1960)
- Hula-Hoop Song - Georgia Gibbs (1958)
- If a movie is described as a romantic comedy you can usually find me next door playing pinball. (George Carlin)
- The outdoors, the beautiful environment, both in fresh and salt water. And the thing that concerns me is the amount of kids that stand on street corners, or go into pinball parlors, and call it recreation. (Rex Hunt)
- Why do people in ship mutinies always ask for 'better treatment'? I'd ask for a pinball machine, because with all that rocking back and forth you'd probably be able to get a lot of free games. (Jack Handy)
Songs about Pinball
- Pinball Anonymous - The Willis Brothers (1965)
- Pinball Boogie - Red Foley (1954)
- Pinball Machine - Lonnie Irving (1960)
- Pinball Millionaire - Hank Locklin (1950)
- Pinball Wizard - The Who (1969)
- The closer the cue ball gets to the pocket...the bigger the pocket gets!
- Every gentleman plays billiards, but someone who plays billiards too well is no gentleman. (Thomas Jefferson)
- I once gave up pool, it was the most terrifying weekend of my life.
- I've spent most of my life playing pool, the rest, I've just wasted.
- Pool is all luck, the more you play, the luckier you get. (Willie Mosconi)
- There are six-million shots in the game of pool. (Albert Einstein)
- This is a most amusing game. When you play badly it amuses me, and when I play badly and lose my temper it certainly must amuse you. (Mark Twain on pool)
- Whoever called snooker "chess with balls" was rude, but right. (Clive James)
- You know there is another kind of pool. You'd be better off trading your cue in for a swimsuit.
Songs about Pool
- Corner Pocket - The Count Basie Orchestra (1955)
- Pool Playin' Baby - Doc Pomus (1951)
- Pool Shark - Dave Dudley (1970)
- Rack Up the Balls, Boys - Rex Allen (1952)
- Gettin' in the Swing of Things
- Girl on a Swing
- I'm a Swingin'
- In the Swing of Things
- Just a swingin'
- A Real Swinger
- Swingin' Around
- Swings are Angels' Wings
(Robert Louis Stevenson)
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
Come and swing and play with me.
For youth is innocence and we
are both free to live and dream and be.
At the Playground
Away down deep and away up high,
a swing drops you into the sky.
Back, it draws you away down deep,
forth, it flings you in a sweep
all the way to the stars and back--
Goodby, Jill; Goodby, Jack;
shuddering climb wild and steep,
away up high, away down deep.
A Swing Song
Here! my throne and I am a King!
Farewell, earth, for I'm on the wing!
Here I fly,
Like a bird through sunny sky;
Over the lea,
Over the mountain, over the sea!
Up and down,
Which is the way to London Town?
Up in the air,
Close your eyes and now you are there!
Over the sunset, over the moon;
Over all bar,
Sweeping on far from star to star!
Sweeping daisies with my toe.
To and fro,
Songs about Swinging
- Front Porch Swing - Front Porch Country Band (2002)
- Girl on a Swing - Kevin Ayers (1969)
- Porch Swing - Kate Carpenter (2008)
- Swingin' - John Anderson (1983)
- Swingin' Gently - Earl Grant (1961)
- Swingin' on a Rainbow - Frankie Avalon (1960)
- Swingin' on the Moon - Mel Torme (1960)
- Swinging on a Star - Little Eva and Big Dee Irwin (1963)
- Who's Pushing Your Swing? - Darrell Glenn and Gene Vincent (1958)