Games From Your Childhood You Can Still Play


Chinese Checkers


Chinese checkers is characterized by its hexagram-shaped board, which can accommodate up to 6 players. The main goal of Chinese checkers is tomove all your marbles from your end to the oppositepoint of the star. Players can move their marbles by"hopping" over a single adjacent marble – one's own or the opponent's – and can continue tohop until there's no more adjacent marble.




The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat polygons which are put together toform shapes. The objective is to replicate a pattern (given only an outline) generally foundin a puzzle book using all seven pieces without overlap. It is reputed to have been invented inChina sometime around the late 18th century CE and then carried over to America and Europeby trading ships shortly after.


String figure


A string figure is a design formed by manipulating string on, around, and using one's fingersor sometimes between the fingers of multiple people. String figures may also involve the useof the mouth, wrist, and feet. The game ends when one of the two players cannot think of anynext solution to the current figure or when one player fails to hold the figure with hands.




A marble is a small spherical object often made from glass. These balls vary in size. Marblescan be used for a variety of games called marbles. They are often collected, both fornostalgia and for their aesthetic colors. Players often use their fingers to "shoot" one marbleto hit the opponent's marble and can acquire it if it was hit.




Hide-and-seek is a popular children's game in which at least two players conceal themselvesin a set environment, to be found by one or more seekers.




The shuttlecock is made out of rubber or a plastic disk and attached with many feathers. Theplayer's goal is to keep the shuttlecock in the air while kicking it only using the feet repeatedly.


Hoop rolling


Hoop rolling is both a sport and a child's game in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground, generally by means of an object wielded by the player. The aim of the game is to keep the hoopupright for long periods of time, or to do various tricks.




Hopscotch is a popular playground game in which players toss a small object into numberedtriangles or a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through thespaces and retrieve the object.


Bamboo dragonfly


Bamboo dragonfly has a helicopter top axis with a cord wound around it, with a horizontalblade sticking out from the axis. A player would pull the cord and release hands; the bamboodragonfly will take off vertically in the air like a helicopter.




Throwing beanbags is a popular traditional Chinese game for kids in the 80s. Thesetraditional Chinese toys are usually handmade from parents or grandparents. The pitcher willtry to hit the opponent with a beanbag; the one that was hit will be eliminated from the game. The opponent who catches the beanbag either will choose to "add a life" or "save ateammate's life" from eliminations.


Chinese jump rope


The Chinese jump rope resembles more of a giant stretched out rubber band. It is a thin pieceof elastic rope that is looped around two pairs of legs. The objective of this game is to hookyour legs into the rope to form loops and patterns in a certain sequence. This is oftenaccompanied by a rhyme or song. As each level is completed, the rope is moved higher, making the patterns more difficult to complete.




The longer you can keep it spinning, the better. Some tops are spun by means of a stringwound around the base. The string is pulled sharply as the top is thrown forward. Players usea rope to lash a top so as to spin it.


Rock paper scissors


Rock paper scissors is a hand game in which players simultaneously form one of threeshapes with an outstretched hand. These shapes are "rock" (a closed fist), "paper" (a flathand), and "scissors" (a fist with the index finger and middle finger extended, forming a V). The rule is illustrated in the picture. Normally, one player wins at the end by beating allplayers with the right shape.