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Traditional Children's Games:

Games Played with Shuttlecocks

Shuttlecock games are popular in many countries, especially in Asian countries. Versions include Chegi in Korea, traditional shuttlecock games from China, and badmitton games in England and the United States.


Ocean shows us  shuttlecock he made.
Photo: Sandy Peters
Ocean, a Korean student shows a shuttlecock he made himself.

Chegi, a Traditional Korean Game

Ji-Yun Park from Korea

When I was a little girl, I was always playing games outside with my girlfriends. I don't know why but most games are divided into two parts, one for girls and one for boys.

Whereas there are many toys and games now, there were few toys when I was a little girl. So we usually played with some tools which were easy to get.

Among the games was the traditional game called Chegi. It is a game for both boys and girls, but boys tend to enjoy it more. Also, adults can enjoy it. Really, it is the game for people of all ages and both sexes, and it has been loved for many years by all of Koreans.

The principle of Chegi is like that of the shuttlecock of badminton

How to make a Chegi whuttlecock
First of all, you need a special kind of shuttlecock, a Chegi. The shuttlecock is formed by a small, heavy, and flat plumb and tassel. You can get the materials easily around you—one or two coins, a short string to tie the head of the shuttlecock, and a sheet of paper that is light and durable, such as vinyl.

First spread the sheet out. Second, put the coin in the center of it and wrap the coin in the sheet and tie it in with the string. Finally, cut the tail to make a tassel. That's all.

How to play Chegi
We play with our feet. We kick the head of the shuttlecock repeatly. We can use just one foot or we can use both feet. It depends on the individual's expertness.

Experts compete against each other and take pride in their different kinds of skills. Although the game is easy to play and interesting, it has not spread to other countries. I think it should be introduced to many countries, so that many people can enjoy it.   


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