Briton here, from Rad Mom Cool Kid! Today I’m sharing 5 fun games from around the world.
My son recently joined Cub Scouts and we have been having a great time working on all the requirements and extra awards as a family. He is learning about languages and cultures right now and one of the activities is to play games from other countries. We had a great family night playing some fun new games so I thought I’d pass them along! These would also be fun to play at recess, birthday parties, or camps!
Armenia- Egg Jousting
Each player needs a hard boiled egg. Get a partner and gently tap the small ends of your eggs together until one cracks- the cracked egg is given to the winner as a trophy.
Korea- Kongki Noli
Similar to “jacks” in the United States. 5 small stones are scattered, one is picked up, tossed in the air with one hand while the other hand picks up one stone before the tossed stone is caught. Round two is played the same except two stones must be picked up. Additional rounds get harder as additional rocks must be picked up.
Greece- Pebble Chase
Children line up shoulder to shoulder with their hands out in front, palms touching from pinky to wrist. The leader walks down the line pretending to drop a small pebble into a player’s hands. When the leader drops the pebble, the player must run to a designated spot and back, returning the pebble to the leader, without being captured by the other players in the line. If they are not captured, the leader begins again. If the player is captured, the person who captured the player becomes the leader.
Iran- Nose and Ear
Players sit in a circle. The chief begins the game by performing an action on the player to the right, the action continues from one player to the next until it returns to the chief. The chief then starts a new action. Any player who laughs, giggles, speaks, or makes any noise during the game is out. Actions can include lightly tugging a players ear, hair, or nose, gently poking ribs, or making a funny face.
A bowl is placed on the ground and a line is drawn 8 feet away. Players are given a small handful of beans, pebbles, or beads (each player must get equal amounts). Players take turns stepping up to the line and tossing their handful at the bowl. Any beans that land in the bowl are removed by the player, placed in the palm, then tossed into the air with a jerk and the player tries to catch the beans on the back of their hand. The action is repeated and beans are caught in the palm- these beans are each counted as one point. The player with the most points after everyone goes wins.