10 Games we played during Childhood and their benefits

I bet this will be a nostalgic read for you. Who can easily forget the games we played during our childhood? If you are an 80’s kid, then you would relate to this post a lot better.

Sunny or rainy, the seasons couldn’t stop us playing these games. Not only for the integrity, sporty attitude we developed, but also for the scientific reasons behind these games must have been another reason why they exist even now in remote villages.

  1. Kabbadi

For boys, Kabbadi could be one of the top game in their list. It is an outdoor game played between two teams of 7 members. Each team gets a chance to send a raider to the opposition team and the player has to manage to touch the opposing team members and return without getting caught. Throughout the ride, a player has to chant ‘Kabbadi, kabbadi, kabbadi…’

  • Science: Who would have thought then, that this game improves concentration, memory power and multi-tasking? Throughout the ride, a player has to process several things in the mind and strategize accordingly.

2. Seven Stones (Pittu)

Pittu is a street game played between two teams. A pile of seven stones is aimed and knocked with a ball. The objective is to rebuild the seven stones one above the other without getting hit by the ball. The game is so movement oriented that one can feel their day fulfilled with action.

  • Science: Playing seven stones (Pittu) greatly enhances targeting, eyes-hand coordination, observation, concentration and running skills. It also teaches the importance of team work.

3. Hopscotch (Chibiddi)

This is one of the most popular games played by girls across India. Chibiddi involves tossing a small object, mostly a flat stone or a cardboard material inside the neatly drawn box of rectangles, one after the other on the ground. The player then hops repeatedly, pushes away the object to next rectangles to retrieve the object.

  • Benefits: Chibiddi teaches how to balance the body and control body reflexes. This can be played individually or with several players.

4. Marbles (Lakhoti)

Mainly for boys, Marbles (Lakhoti) is an addictive popular street game in India. The reason it is so addictive because, there is a betting and involvement of exchange. Also for the reason that it can be played in open grounds, tree shades, within a very small real-estate. For this reason, even elders play. This game is also called as Golli, Kancha in many regions. Some can even relate this game as a early pioneer of Poker.

  • Science: This game improves one’s aim and concentration skills.  It’s played using beautiful glass marbles called Kancha. The player aims a marble to hit, and uses his hand as bow and another marble as arrow and hits the target. The winning player gets to acquire all the marbles from other players.

5. Hoop Rolling (Ghera Rolling)

A large hoop or an old vehicle tyre is rolled using a hand or a small stick by the player. Sometimes is it also played as a race game between players. However addictive it is for girls and boys, parents never accepted or encouraged playing this game as hands can get dirty and often children got into minor accidents.

  • Benefits: This simple and an interesting outdoor game keeps the player running throughout that increases the cardiovascular health of the individual. Hoop Rolling also helps in improving the running in straight line and balancing skills.

6. Spinning Top (Lattu)

A wooden spinning top with bottom pointed nail is tied firmly with a rope and tossed into the air. It beautifully lands spinning itself due to the inertia from the rope. The top is colorfully painted and ropes are available in many colors. The player has to make the top land on the ground spinning, otherwise he loses. An experienced player can also toss the top and catch it in his palms while spinning!

  • Benefits: Playing Lattu increases the focusing ability of the player while also boosting his confidence level. when spinning Lattus are held in bare hands, it does some acupressure therapy.

7. Gilli/ Dhanguli/ Ghatika

Gilli happens to be the most popular street game. Two sticks are used – smaller one called Gilli and longer one called Danda. The batsman hits the gilli with the danda and if the fielder catches it before it touches the ground, the batsman is declared out. Its played by players of both team and the winning team is chosen according to the points earned. It is believed that the worldwide popular game ‘Cricket’ evolved from Gilli- Danda.

  • Benefits: Gilli improves eyes-hand coordination and strategy.

8. Sack Race (Bora Daud)

Sack race is a competitive game where the participants get into a sack that ideally reaches above their waist. All participants are made to stand in a Starting line and hop/march towards the end.  The first participant to reach the finish line is declared as winner.  This classic outdoor game is so much fun to play not just for kids but for adults too!

  • Benefits: Sack Race helps in strengthening muscles, burning off the extra energy. It is a great game to build social skills with other toddlers.

9. Tug of War (Rassaakasee)

Two teams of equal members compete each other in Tug of War. A strong rope is held by each team and a center line is drawn between the teams. Once the game commences on number count or a whistle, each team tries to pull the rope to make the other team cross the line. The team members strive hard to pull the rope to their end. Tug of war teaches the importance of unity and the willpower needed to achieve a goal.

  • Benefits: Aside physical health benefits like strengthening muscles, the game teaches how to communicate clearly and work as an integral team.

10. Hide and Seek

Hide and seek can be played as an outdoor/indoor game played by any number of players. The chosen seeker closes his eyes to count till a predetermined number (usually 50 to 100) and searches the other hiding players. The first player who gets caught by the seeker becomes the seeker for the next round. Hours can pass by if we play the game.

  • Benefits: Playing Hide and Seek improves the agility, color coordination cooperation, creativity.

Join me in the comments section on what are your favorite childhood games in your region.