If today’s kids have PUBG, 80s kids had Gilli DandaOct 26, 2018
With kids getting addicted to games on the mobile phones and always demanding new toys and new games. It is time that we took a look at some of the simpler and more importantly eco-friendly. When we look back, these games seem much more physically and mentally engaging, thereby promoting good health too.
So, let us take a look at some popular games that were played the kids of previous generations.
This game is played using two sticks, one short and one long. The short stick is flipped using the longer one and when it is in the air, the player hits the short stick with the long one with full force. Before the opponent gets hold of and brings the short stick back, the player must run to touch a pre-agreed spot on the ground and return to his place.
This is a game where two teams play against each other. One team kneels in the ground in a line while one of their players has to tap on one player from the opposite team who runs around this formation. This is an improvised version of the ‘tag’ game played all over the world.
Kancha is also known as Goli in South India. This game is played using marbles. Various formations of the marbled are made on the ground and the player has to hit the target marble with his/her own marble. The winner gets to take all the marbles of the opponents!
This is known as Lagoori, Edu Penkulaata, etc in various parts of the country. This interesting game involves two teams. A pyramid with seven stones is built and a cloth ball is used by a team to try and destroy the pyramid while the opposite team tries to prevent them from succeeding. Different rules are made for different scenarios within the game and this makes it very engaging to the players.
Known as Ashtachamma in some parts of the country, this game is a precursor to the famous Ludo game. It involves 4 paths that a player has to pass with his/her play-piece and reach the finish point before the opponent does. A die is rolled to determine how many steps a player can take.
This is a popular game in Assam that has many similarities to Kabaddi, which is also a popular Indian game. A ball is thrown across the boundary into the opposite team and the game involves a team member crossing the line and bringing back the ball without getting caught by the members of the opposite team.
This is a traditional game from the South of India. A board with 14 cups is the base for this game. Each player controls seven seeds and the aim of the players is to make sure that each cup has 6 seeds in it using the seeds that are in their control. The player loses the game when he/she is not able to fill any cup with 6 seeds at the end of one round.
Lattoo or Bambaram is one of the most favourite games for kids from the previous generations. It is played using a top that is made from wood. The top is intricately made with grooves at the bottom to tie a thread around. One end of the thread is tied to it and the rest of the thread is rolled around the top. Holding the free end of the thread, the player spins the top on various surfaces.
This is probably one of the simplest games in the list. The game involves marking consecutive squares on the ground and then throwing a small object into one of the squares. The player then has to hop with one leg through the squares to retrieve the thrown object.