Kids games are considered any game that is played primarily by children. We have 10 Popular Kid Games from Around The World. Many of them are often referred to as traditional kids games , or even just traditional games. Popularity, especially over time, can be difficult to determine because it changes with every generation, but some stand out as classics which have lasted throughout generations. Many of the most popular kids games today are actually based on older ones, which were developed hundreds or thousands of years ago.
Here are 10 Popular Kid Games from Around The World;-
1) Tiddlywinks (England – late 1800s): Tiddlywinks is a classic table-top competitive game that is similar to marbles or cup and ball, but is much easier to play. The game consists of a pile of tiny disc-shaped pieces of plastic or metal called winkles , which are then flicked into one of the two rows marked on either side of the playing surface (traditionally now often made out of cardboard). Points are awarded based on where your winkles land relative to those already in that row.
2) Hopscotch (England – 1000s): Hopscotch is an ancient game traditionally played by young children using chalk on certain patterns drawn onto the pavement. Depending upon where you live it may be known as “Horn Scoring” rather than Hopscotch due to its similarity with another very popular kids game called “Horn,” in which players throw and catch a small object known as a horn .
3) Jacks (United States – 1800s): Jacks is the quintessential American ball and paddle game. It takes several people to play, each of whom has their own unique task: one person holds all the jacks in one hand, while another throws a ball at them. The aim is to catch the ball on one bounce per jack it hits, collecting that jack before catching the ball again.
4) Chinese Chequers/Shi Chi Mei (China – 1400s): This very popular traditional Asian board game is similar to checkers or draughts , but with many added complexities. Two players compete against each other, and use counters (which are removed and replaced as the game progresses) to form closed shapes on a board consisting of 19×19 points. Points are earned based on where your counters end up, with more earned for completing larger shapes or multiple smaller shapes in one move.
5) Snakes and Ladders (India – 100s): Snakes and Ladders originated in India as a morality teaching tool, but was adapted by Milton Bradley during the Victorian era into its current version. It consists of a grid-like board depicting various ladders leading upwards towards virtue and snakes leading downwards to vice. A player rolls a dice and moves across the board accordingly – plus an additional step if they land on certain squares – until reaching the final space on either a ladder or a snake. Players earn points based on how many spaces they reached while going up a ladder, and lose them if they land on certain squares going down a snake.