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Games From Other Countries

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Hi Everyone!  My name is Renee and today I will be talking about games.  Growing up, you have probably played traditional games like hide-and-seek, tag, dodgeball, red rover, and hopscotch.  Games can be passed down from generation to generation and can be common knowledge shared between people. Today I am going to discuss some popular games from other countries for you to try out with your friends and family.  

Below is a list of a few fun games from different countries to try out this summer. Some need to be played in groups and some can be done with 2 players. Happy gaming! 

 

South Korea—Kai, Bai, Bo 

Everyone knows how to play rock, paper, scissors right? In South Korea, this game is called “kai, bai, bo.” It’s played just like how we play the game. It has also been adapted to be played in a more challenging way. Instead of picking the winning move (rock beats scissors, paper beats rock, and scissors beat paper) the objective is to play a move that will make you lose.  So, if someone plays rock, their opponent needs to play scissors.  If they play paper, they lose.  The opponent has a couple seconds to see what has been played and then play their move.  Sounds easy, but actually try playing it to see how hard it is. 

 

China—Catch the Dragon’s Tail 

This traditional Chinese game is great fun for the playground. You will need a large group of children – at least 10, but the more the merrier! The kids can be any age. 

The children all form a line with their hands on the shoulders of the child in front. The first in line is the dragon’s head, the last in line is the dragon’s tail. 

The dragon’s head then tries to catch the tail by maneuvering the line around so that he can tag the last player. All the players in the middle do their best to hinder the dragon’s head. Don’t let the line break! 

When the head catches the tail, the tail player takes the front position and becomes the new dragon’s head. All the other players move back one position. 

 

Philippines—Luksong-baka 

Translated as “jump over the cow”, one player crouches down while the others jump over him or her. The game progresses when the crouching player gradually straightens up making it harder for the other players to jump. A person becomes “it” when they touch the “baka” (cow) as they jump. It will repeat again and again until the players declare the player or until the players decide to stop the game. 

 

Brazil—Luta De Galo 

This is a two-player game but more children can play by taking turns. Each player has a handkerchief or a piece of cloth tucked into a pocket or waistband. Both players are not allowed to use their right arm, which is to be crossed over their chest. Then, hopping on one leg, each player must try to capture the handkerchief from their opponent using his left hand. If the child puts the other leg down, or unfolds their right arm, he is disqualified. The last person who still has his handkerchief is the winner. 

*Similar to Luta De Galo, Korea has a “Korean Chicken Fight. The game is played much like luta de galo, but without a handkerchief or piece of cloth. 

 

Chile—Corre, Corre La Guaraca 

Players sit in a circle while a person jogs around the circle with a handkerchief. The seated children are not allowed to watch and have to sing “Corre, Corre, la Guaraca who looks back will be bopped on his head!” Trying not to be felt, the runner drops the handkerchief on a child’s back and runs. If he makes it around the circle before the player realizes that it’s on her back, the seated player is out.