Children’s games have changed a lot when you consider the fact that children hardly go out to play anymore. For the current generation, game either has to be on a computer, a play station or a cellular phone. Rural Indian children play a variety of indoor and outdoor games that help them build their social skills as well as the skills in the games. It is sad that children today prefer not to play these games as it was an integral part of growing up in India.
Let us look at the top 10 childhood games played in rural India.
Chor-Police game is the Indian equivalent of tag. As the name suggests, there are the thieves (chor) and then there is the police. The players in this game divide up into two teams. The police has the task of catching the chor and then the turn changes. It is one of the most popular games played by children all over the world with different names and a slight change in rules, but the overall objective remains the same.
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Carom is a highly popular game in India not just with kids but also with grownups. It is a game that families play at home and there are many variations of this game. Carom can be played with two to four players. It involves pocketing coin pieces using a larger piece and there are different ways in which that can be done.
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Kabbadi is again a very popular game among kids in India. Two teams stand on opposite halves of an enclosure which is halved. Each team takes turns to send in a raider to the other side. Points are given to the players for tackling the opposing team and returning back to their own half. The most interesting part is the Kabbadi chant which the raider has to maintain while he/she is on the other side.
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This is a game that is well known to kids in India. This game involves the use of round glass marbles that are easily available at the neighborhood shops. The object of playing Kancha is to collect as many as you can by striking the opponent’s marbles. Many different Kancha games exist and children make up their own versions as they go too.
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Pitthu is also known to many by the name Satoliya. This is a simple and fun game where the players are divided into two teams. A small stack of flat stones and a ball are the two things required in this game. Each team takes their turns at toppling the stack and then they run while the other team has to hit/touch each of the players in the opposing team with the ball. If the team that takes their shot at the stack manage to rebuild the stack before they are hit/touched by the ball then they win. Any player who is hit is out of the game.
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5. Kite Flying
Kites are a popular choice for kids in many parts of the world. Children in rural India make their own kites and fly them. Kite flying duels are a common thing with children and there are also some festivals that involve flying of kites. Besides that some tournaments are also organized for kite flying in many parts of the country.
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The lattu or the spinning top is a popular game that is played in many parts of India even today. It is a game that simply involves spinning a wooden lattu which has grooves in its lower half and a nail at the bottom to spin on. A cotton string is wrapped around the grooves on the lower half and deploying it makes it spin.
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Kho-Kho is a popular tag game of 12 players. Teams are required to chase down and tag the players of the opposite team to win this game. The chasing team sends out nine players onto the field and they sit in a straight line with alternate players facing opposite sides, chasers have to make sure that they catch the runners before the stipulated time which is usually around 9 minutes per inning.
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2. Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek is without a doubt one of the most popular games played by children all around the world. There is one seeker in this game who has to find all the other players in the game, each time a player is found out, he/she has to join in the search for the other players. There are some other versions of this game too but this is the most popular one.
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1. Gilli Danda
Gilli Danda is one of the most well known childhood games played in rural India. It is a popular street game which rivals the popularity of cricket at some stage. The game is played with a small piece of wood tapered on both sides known as gilli and a larger piece of wood that is used to strike the gilli known as Danda. The object of the game is to get the gilli as far away from the home base as possible. The rules are amazingly similar to cricket and in some way it is a crude form of the more popular sport.
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