Thursday, 26 July 2012

Peek-A-Boo , I found you!

Hello viewers. Today i am going to share with you on a new game called "Hide & Seek". It used to be a well known game to play for kids or even some teenagers to play to pass their time. However, what it seems to be is that kids these days to pass their time, instead of playing games like thses, they are stuck onto technology gadgets such as playing the games on iphone or through the net. I shall now re-introduce to you viewers to recall back the past and hopefully reach out to the kids and let the game be "revived"once again.

This game is suitable for all ages above the age of 3. However, it is best to have adults accompanying if the kids are playing to ensure their safety as there are cases of tragedy caused when playing "Hide & Seek". It is best to play it at a bigger space with so that there is more place to hide.

So this is how the game goes :
  1. There must be at least 2 players in this game.
  2. Out of the number of players, pick one to be the catcher.
  3. Then the catcher will start to count till a given amount of time decided by all the players.
  4. The catcher must not pick and countdown to 0 before catching the players who are hiding.
  5. While counting , the catcher will shout "Ready or not, here i come" and search for the players
  6. When the cather is done coutingdown, the catcher have to find the other players
  7. When the players are found, they have to follow the catcher to find the remaining players till everyone is found.
  8. And the game repeats again! :)
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Aeroplane Chess

Aeroplane Chess(飞行) is a Chinese cross-and-circle board game. It is similar to the western game of Ludo and the Indian game of Pachisi. Developed in the 20th century, Aeroplane Chess features airplanes as pieces instead of the more abstract pawns and beehive-shaped pieces found in the games from which it is derived.

An aeroplane chess game board features 4 starting “hangars” in each corner. There is a “track” of 52 spaces circumventing the board and 4 “home zones”, each leading from the track to the “end spaces” at the centre of the board. The board is evenly divides between 4 colours. There are also 4 sets of 4 coloured airplane pieces. The colours used are typically red, yellow, blue and green.

There are usually 2 to 4 players. The objective of the game is to try be the first to get all your own plane pieces from the hangars into the base of your own colour(located in the centre of the board). This games requires the players to identify the optimal moves. Each player takes a turn by rolling the die. 
On a turn, a player may do the following:
-Taxi a piece out of the hangar onto the board. This can only be done by rolling an even number.
-Move a piece that's on the board clockwise around the track, the number of spaces indicated by the die.

Additional rules:
A roll of 6, whether it's used to enter or move a piece, gives that player another roll. A second 6 gives the player a third roll. If the player rolls a third 6, the piece(s) moved by the two previous 6s are sent back to the hangar.

If a player's piece lands on a space that already has one of his own airplanes, those pieces can be stacked together. Depending on house rules determined by all the players, airplanes that are stacked then move together as one unit or only move singly. When stacked pieces are sent back to their hangar by an opponent landing on them, they are no longer stacked. When a player's piece lands on a space with an opponent's airplane, the opponent's airplane is attacked and sent back to their hangar. When a player's piece lands on an opponent's stack of airplanes, then all those stacked airplanes are sent back to the hanger. When a plane lands on a space of its own colour, it immediately jumps to the next space of its own colour.

There are additional "shortcut" squares. When a plane lands on one of these of its own colour, it may take the shortcut. Any opposing planes in the path of the shortcut are sent back to their hangars. This may also be done in succession with the previous rule, with a jump leading to shortcut. Some also play that a direct land on a shortcut may be followed by a jump.

To end the game, the planes must fly into the centre base on an exact roll. When a plane does so, it is placed back into its hangar, facing down, to indicate that it is done for the game. The first player to get all four of their planes to the centre of the board wins. The remaining players play until there is only one loser.

Readers, have you all played Aeroplane Chess before? I remember always playing it with my friends back in primary school days! It was always available in the bookshop for $1.50 only, and the packaging is small and compact ^^

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

What's the time, Mr Wolf?

Hello again!
Today I will be blogging about this game called "What's the time, Mr wolf." This game is different from my other blog posts as this game does not require any materials but just a few playing companions. I am sure many of you have played this game before when you were young. Although it is just a very simple game, we all had fun don't we? :)

Let us recall how this game is played.
Firstly, one player is chosen to to be "Mr wolf" and will be standing a distance away from the rest with his/her back facing them. The other players would then call out "What's the time, Mr wolf?" and Mr wolf will shout out a time (For example, 5 o'clock) and the players would take 5 steps forward. This goes on until "Mr wolf" decides to shout "DINNER TIME". When this happens, "Mr wolf" would turn back and start chasing the other players who will be running back to the starting line.When he/she catches someone before they reach the finishing line, that person will then become "Mr wolf".

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Monday, 23 July 2012


Jacks, or Knuclebones, Is a game very similar to five stones. Except that it is played with a ball.  The idea of the game was to throw the rubber ball in the air with one hand. And whilst the ball is mid-air, the player uses the same hand to pick up as many of the 10 jacks as possible and catch the ball back, with the ball bouncing only once. 

This game is usually played by 1-4 players, and has been played since ancient Egypt! This game would help kids improve their hand-eye co-ordination and their reflexes. This game is usually played by kids back in the 1980's and since then, with the introduction of electronic devices, the population of the game has faded out into history.

Step 1: If there are 2 players playing, the players will sit facing each other. If there are 3 or more players, then sit in a circle. Decide the order of play, and the first player will gently throw all 10 jacks onto the game floor, to scatter the jacks.

Step 2: The first player will throw the ball in the air with one hand and pick up one jack from the floor while the ball is mid-air. And at the same time, catch the ball back into the hand. This is all done with one hand. So be sure to use your most dominant hand!

Step 3. If the player succeeds, he or she puts the picked up jack into the other hand and gets to go again. This process is repeated until all the jacks have been picked up, the player that picks up all 10 jacks, wins the game!

Step 4. If. however, the player fails the catch back the ball. He or she puts back all picked up jacks back onto the floor. And it is then the next players turn to try to pick up all 10 jacks. And gameplay continues in this fashion, until there is a winner.

The game could be customised by adding your own rules! For instance, instead of picking up 1 jack at a time, players can make the game more challenging by picking up 2,3 or even all 10 jacks at a time! Feel free to modify the game yourself. If you are a new players, you could play by yourself first to practice. The more your practice, the better you'll be! Once you feel that you are good enough, you may want to challenge your parents. Just for old times sake. 

Here is a video by Howcast that further explains other methods on how this game is played.

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

You're the Old Maid!

"Old maid" brings back memories of fun children's card games that elicited giggles and squeals. The game is played with 2 or more players. There are more than one version of this game but the one I remembered playing when I was young was with the deck of cards that has pictures on it. All the cards comes in a matching pair except for the "old maid" card. 

How to play: 
1. The dealer deals the cards to all the players.
2. The dealer would be the first person to start. He/she offers the card spread face down to the player on the left. The player then selects a card and adds it to his/her hand. 
3. If there is a pair(cards with the same picture), lay the cards down on the floor/table top.
4. The player who just took a card then offers her cards spread face down to the next player to her left, and this goes on in a clockwise direction. If you have discarded all your cards, you are safe and have cleared the game.
5. The game goes on until all the cards has been laid down. And the player with the old maid card loses.

Tips on playing:  Try to keep a straight face if you get the 
Old Maid. Don’t let the other players know you have it! :P

Remembered playing this game when I was much younger. We would often make fun of the person holding on to "old maid" card by calling him or her old maid. 

There are other games which are similar to old maid. For example, happy family, donkey, and snap.
Happy Family game by Hee Trading, Malaysia, 1984<-- Happy Family

Snap game by Hee Trading, Malaysia, 1984<-- Snap

Do these games look familiar to you? :)
Visit the links below for more information about these games.

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"Quack Quack"

duckduckgooseAloha my dear viewers, today i am going to post a game that most children have played during their young time. I hope you guys have at least played it at least once in your lifetime or else you would have really miss out a fun part of your childhood life. However, not only kids can play this game. Anyone of any age can play this game... so.. if you have been missing out the fun during your childhood. Now it is not too late to play this game called "Duck duck Goose".
The game was originated in the United States. There are different ways of playing this game as the years goes by as people have been implementing on this game.
  • A group of players sit in a circle, facing inward, while another player, the "picker" (a.k.a. the "fox"), (some young children call the "picker" the "ducker") walks around tapping or pointing to each player in turn, calling each a "duck" until finally picking one to be a "goose"
  • The "goose" then rises and chases and tries to tag the "picker", while the "picker" tries to return to and sit where the "goose" had been sitting.
  •  If the picker succeeds, the "goose" is now the new picker and the process begins again.
  •  If the "goose" succeeds in tagging the picker, the "goose" may return to sit in the previous spot and the "picker" resumes the process.
  • With older players, the "goose" may attempt to tackle the "picker".

However there are different extreme ways of playing this game.
  • This variant is played the same as regular duck duck goose, except in how the goose and picker try to get back to the empty spot.
  • Instead of the goose chasing after the picker, he or she goes the opposite way and tries to intercept the picker on the other side of the circle.
  • Physical contact is allowed (but not required); this usually involves wrestling and soft tackling. Throwing of limbs or fists is never allowed, the intent is always to only temporarily slow down your opponent so you can be first back to the empty spot.
  • This version is also sometimes referred to as Yak Yak Moose.
A second version of extreme duck duck goose that has existed since at least 2004 maintains the usual roles for the goose and the picker, but changes the rules for the others in the circle.

  • The rest of the group can get up and tackle or otherwise help or hinder the picker or the goose as they desire.
A third variation of Extreme Duck Duck Goose involves the circle of players in a different way.

  • In this variation, as the goose spot is opened, any player in the circle may switch from their spot to the open one, causing the "goose" spot to move around the circle, prolonging the chase.
A fourth variation of Extreme Duck Duck Goose is for larger groups (20 or more) and older children (even into college).

  • In this variation, the game is played as normal, however there are two "pickers" going in opposite directions. Their respective geese must maintain the direction of their "picker" as they chase them around the circle.

Here is a short video of a demo of playing duck duck goose from youtube. Enjoy my viewers!

Hope you people enjoyed the video. And here is a little word of the day.. No harm gaining new knowledge isn't it my fellow viewers?

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Snakes and Ladders

Today i will be talking about this game called snakes and ladders. I'm sure most of you have played this game before. Basically this a very simple game. The objective of this game is to see which player reaches the end first.

How to play this game?
Each player starts with a counter on the starting square numbered 1.
The player throws the dice and move the counter according to the number shown on the dice. If a player rolls a 6, he/she can throw the dice again.
If the counter lands on the snake's head or the top of the ladder, you will have to go down and vice versa.
Whoever reaches the square 100 first wins.

This game is suitable for young children as they can make use this game to learn numbers(math) and at the same time have fun with it.
Just a short post from me today. Enjoy!

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Here's an example of the game, try it out! :)

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Hello everybody! Today I’ll be talking about Shuttlecock(known Chapteh in Singapore).

Shuttlecock is a traditional Asian game which requires players to keep a weighted shuttlecock in the air using their feet and other parts of the body, except for the hands. It is originated from China and is known as ti jian zi(踢毽子, ti meaning kick and jian zi meaning little shuttlecock). It is made of colourful feathers attached to a rubber/plastic sole. The first known version of jianzi was in the 5th century BC in China. The game has evolved through the centuries and over the next 1000 years, it spread throughout Asia, acquiring a variety of names along the way. It went to Europe in 1936 when a Chinese athlete performed a demonstration at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. In Germany and other countries, people began to learn and play the sport, now called 'shuttlecock'. It is popular in Asia and the game has been gaining popularity in Europe

Some of us teenagers used to play Chapteh back when we were in primary school. Chapteh is not a foreign traditional game but not many still play it nowadays. Even though it is known as a game of leisure to most of us, it can also be played as a competition.

The game calls for dexterity, balance and co-ordination. It is played between two or more players and requires one player to kick the Chapteh vertically into the air with one of his feet. Players gained points by the number of kicks they can achieve without letting the Chapteh fall to the ground.

In competitions, the game is played on a rectangular court 6.10meters by 11.88 metres long and is divided by a net at a height of 1.60 metres (1.50 metres for women).

There are unlimited variations of the game, such as trying to keep the Chapteh in the air until an agreed number of kicks (e.g. 100) are reached, either alone or in a pair.

Here’s a video of how to play Chapteh:

Here are some links which can let you know more about Shuttlecock: SFE(Shuttlecock Federation of Europe) and Shuttlecock(Jian Zi) on Wikipedia ^^
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Wednesday, 18 July 2012


One of the most fun games mostly played by boys in the 1980's. This game was for 2 players, and this game is also commonly known as "ringer". Players start the game by drawing a circle that is about 3 meters across, They usually use chalk if they're playing on the pavement, or a stick if they're playing on the sand.

Next, they would use their marbles, usually
around 13 of them. And arrange them in an cross formation inside the ring. As seen from Fig.2 above.

Players next decide the order of turn. Once that is done, players begin playing. The first player will position himself outside the ring and use his shooter marble, which is slightly bigger than the other marbles in the circle, and shoot it at the marbles in attempt to knock them out of the ring. If he is successful, he gets to go again and keeps the marble that he knocked out. He then shoots from the position in which his shooter stopped.

Fig. 5 - Oh darn! As seen from this picture, player No.1 shoots a marble, but fails to knock it out of the ring. This now ends player 1's turn. and is now player 2's turn to play. Players continue taking turns like this.

Once all the marbles have been knocked out of the circle, players now count their marbles. Since there is an odd number of marbles, it would be impossible to encounter a tie. The player with the most number of marbles would be the winner.

Players could also play "for keeps". In which the player keeps whatever marbles he had won during that game. Or they could just play for fun, with no stakes at all.

This game was a very popular game back in the 1980's, This game could have been played by your parents or other relatives. Now that you know how to play the game, why dont you give them a challenge? Let your older relatives re-live the olden times! Make them feel young again!

Monday, 16 July 2012


In this post, I'll be talking about hopscotch, a game most of us have played as a child. As a kid, I loved playing Hopscotch! I remember those days where I can't wait for recess so I can run over to Hopscotch course with my friends.. There was always lots of people gathered there! There are many variations/courses of the game, but the one we are most familiar with is probably the "modern" version, as seen in the picture on the right. It is also one of the most played versions.

With Hopscotch courts slowly disappearing and kids getting more interested and involved in playing with gadgets like iPhone, iPad, etc, Hopscotch is played lesser and lesser in Singapore. It is a pity that kids these days don't know about all the fun games we used to play in the past, like Hopscotch.

Hopscotch is a game which can be played both alone and with several players. But of course, like any other games, the more players there are, the merrier it is! Did you know that Hopscotch was originally created as a Roman era military training exercise? Sidetracking a little.. Do you know that Hopscotch back in those days were over 100 foot long?(Excuse me, that's 30.48METERS long!) The modern Hopscotch is a wonderful and interesting game which can be played easily both indoors and outdoors.

To play hopscotch, you must first have a Hopscotch court or course. I do not know for other countries, but Hopscotch courses are almost non-existent in Singapore nowadays! :( However, fret not as you can make one by yourself in 5 minutes with just chalks or markers. Alternatively, you can choose to use masking tape if you do not want to dirty the floor :) Just use the chalk/marker and draw the course according to the layout as shown on the right. If you want it to be longer, you can add even more numbers! Make sure that the boxes are big enough to fit you feet and that your feet won't touch the lines. And there you go! After having the course, the next thing to do now is get to know how to play the game and get familiarize with the rules, if you haven't already know.

The rules are simple; but the game is challenging. The aim of the game is to successfully complete the hopscotch with your stone/coin/token at number 10(or more if you have even more numbers).
1. Throw your token on the 1st box(labelled 1). If the token misses the 1st box, lands on other boxes or on the lines of the square, you lose your turn.
2. Hop through the boxes, skipping the 1st box. You CANNOT step on the lines of the squares, change your hopping foot or step outside of the squares!!!
3. When you reach the 10th or last box on the hopscotch court, DO NOT put your foot down! Hop to turn around and then hop back.
4. When you reach the 1st box, pick up the token before you jump back over the 1 again. If you don't do this, you lose your turn!
5. If you complete this, move on to throw the stone on the 2nd box and repeat the process, this time skipping the 2nd box. Keep going with your turn until you make a mistake and lose your turn! Pass on to the next player.
6. If you don't complete your go, then on your next go you must try for the same number again.
Now that you have learnt how to create your own course and got to know the instructions, it's time to have a game with your friends! ;) I hope you have fun with it!

Here is a video on how to play Hopscotch:

The picture of the left shows a few other variations of Hopscotch! Have you played those other versions before? Have you played Hopscotch when you were younger? Have you enjoyed the game? What are your views of the game? Do share with us by commenting. Also, do feel free to share what other games you have been playing as a kid but find that kids these days are playing it lesser and lesser.

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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Five Stones


Five stones (knucklebones) is played by 2 or more players, using 5 small triangular cloth bags filled with rice, sand or saga seeds. The object is to complete a set of eight steps. The winner is the one completing a set the most number of tries.

Game Play
Step 1: Throw all five stones. Whilst throwing a stone, pick up one stone and catch the stone in the air before it falls to the ground. Do this for each of the stones on the ground.

Step 2: Repeat step 1 but pick up two stones at a time.

Step 3: Repeat step 1 but pick up a combination of three stones and one.

Step 4: Throw all five stones. Pick up four stones whilst one stone is in the air and catch the later before it falls to the ground.

Step 5: Whilst throwing one stone, place the four on the ground. Throw one stone up again and catch it whilst picking all four stones on the ground.

Step 6: Throw all five stones on the ground. Pick two stones. Throw one in the air and exchange the other with one on the ground. Do the same with the remaining stones on the ground.

Step 7: Throw the two stones held at the end of Step 6.
Pick up one stone and then catch the two falling stones separately in each hand. Do this until there is three stones in one hand and two in the other. Throw the two stones and catch it separately. Throw the remaining stone and catch it with the hand that has all the stones.

Step 8: Throw all five stones on the ground.
The opponent selects a stone to be thrown in the air.
The player has to pick this stone without moving any others.
The player throws the stone in the air and picks the remaining on the ground in one clean sweep.
If at any point of time the player fails to complete this set of eight steps, he/she will have to forfeit his turn to his opponent. Upon his opponent's failure to complete, he will return to the incomplete step, starting from the very beginning of that step.
So my dear viewers, what are you waiting for? It is time to set aside your technology gadgets, entertainment and start playing games such as five stones. It is suitable for players of all age and it helps with your concentration skills. So what is your view on this? Please leave a comment. Do also leave a message on your childhood life.

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Pick-up sticks

Pick-up sticks is a game which requires physical and mental skills. The objective of this game is to pick up as many sticks as possible without disturbing the surrounding sticks. Firstly, the sticks are held together in a bundle and release on the floor or table top, ended up in a tangled pile. The player tries to remove the stick either by hand or with the help of the sticks obtained. In both ways, players must not move any of the other sticks when attempting to remove the chosen stick. Players who successfully pick up a stick can continue to have a turn until he or she causes surrounding sticks to move. The game ends when the last stick is picked up and the player with the most number of sticks wins.There is another version of this game where different coloured sticks represent different points and the player with the highest point wins. (e.g mikado pick-up sticks)

As technology becomes more advanced, pick-up sticks are now available on mobile applications. I personally feel that playing it in real life is more fun than playing it on mobile applications. Readers! What do you think?

Do you remember playing this game when you were young? Share with us the games you have played that children these days are hardly seen playing. J