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4 Childhood Games Before "Screen Time" Existed


Remember the days when screen time means watching TV rather than staring at your mobile phones and tablet? The days when games usually involved friends rather than playing on your own? Check out the list below and tell us if you were the master of any them.

4 Childhood Games Before "Screen Time" Existed

Image cc licensed (CC BY 2.0) flickr image Pick up sticks by Kim Love

1. Pick Up Sticks

You might remember them as bamboo skewers with painted colours or coloured plastic sticks if you are the fancy kid. The objective of the game is to pick up the most number of sticks. You start by holding all sticks as a bunch and letting them fall onto the table surface to fold a pile. Then you take turns picking up stick with one hand and a stick without moving the others. You get to keep picking until you make a mistake then the next player get a go. The different colours sticks are worth different amount of points to be decided with your friends.

4 Childhood Games Before "Screen Time" Existed

Image cc licensed (CC BY 2.0) flickr image Game of marbles by Larry Lamb

2. Game of Marbles or Goli

First draw a circle on a surface, usually with chalk on the ground for me. Then you please a bunch of marbles inside the circle. The aim is shoot a marble into the bunch and hoping more than one will bounce and roll off outside of the circle, then you get to collect it. To up the game, you and your friends will contribute equal amount of marbles as a bet at the start, and you get to keep the number of marbles you shoot out at the end of the game.

3. Chapteh

This is a more technical sporty one. But somehow back in the days someone from a group of friend will has one of these handy. You kick it with the side of your foot and try to keep it in the air. This game could be played alone by balancing it or with friend by passing it around. One of the best game for killing time. 

4 Childhood Games Before "Screen Time" Existed

4. Paper Fortune Teller

I remember folding this little origami often when we weren't paying attention in class. You would write or draw messages inside the 8 flaps of the fortune teller and ask your friend to pick a number or colour to reveal the message. Apparently this game is dated back to the 50's. 

 

Do you have any other favourites childhood games? Share with us by commenting below. Also please check out our embroidered Paper Fortune Teller Hat and T-shirt that was just newly released.

 


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