with Sticks, Stones, or Small Metal
some games, sticks or stones are usually tossed
into the air. Then the fun begins. These games have
been played over the years by children everywhere,
and most of them are still popular today. In
Korea, the whole familychildren,
parents, and grandparents like to play a game with
four sticks on New Year's Day.
students from Mexico and Thailand remember
how they played jacks when they were
Nepal, young boys toss pointed sticks into
the air and tried to catch them.
Korea, young girls play a game of jacks,
tossing small stones onto the ground, throwing a
ball up in the air, and and trying to pick the
stones up before catching the ball.
Indonesia, young girls play a similar game,
using small steel objects.
Yut, A Game
Played on New Year's Day in Korea
Cho from Korea
is a traditional game in Korea. There are four
sticks, each one made of wood and about 15
centimeters in length. The sticks have two sides;
the upside is rounded and the downside is flat.
the game starts, people have to divide into teams;
usually two to four teams works best. Then we draw
a very simple game board on a white paper. It's
easy to draw. Just draw 7 small circles or points
so it looks like an x-shaped square. A point on the
lower right side of the game board is the starting
point and a point at the opposite lower left side
is the end point. To win this game, you have to get
the most points and arrive at the end point
two people play the game. One of them throws the
sticks to the ground first. If the flat side comes
up, it means you get a point. If two flat sides
come up, you get two points. If four flat sides
come up, you get four points. If four rounded sides
come up, you get five points because it's difficult
to do that. If you get one point, your stone can go
one step forward on the game board. That means, if
you get four points, your stone can go four
Korea, we play this game on New Year's Day. On that
day, all of the family and relatives get together
and play this game. Usually, we divede into three
teams and the oldest grandmom is the judge. We bet
some money on who will win.
enjoy the game. If one team wins, that team gets
the money, but they have to buy some food or drinks
for everybody. I think playing this game is a very
good way for people to stick together without
considering the differences in people's
(A Game Played with Sticks)
Gurung from Nepal
are a lot of games that we would play when we were
young. As far as I can remember, I used to play the
game called Dundi Biyo quite often with my friend.
Sometimes we would skip school and play this game
all day long.
game requires two straight sticks. The main stick
is about 24 to 30 inches long, and the other one is
about 6 inches with both ends pointed. It is played
by tow or more people in an open field.
decided who would start the game by throwing the
small stick. Whoever threw the furthest started the
game. A small hole was dug in the ground, and the
small stick was placed on tip of the
person who started the game threw the small stick
from the hole with the main stick. The other
players would run and try to catch the small stick
in the air without dropping it on the ground. If
the stick was caught, the first player would be out
of the game. But if the stick was dropped on the
ground, the same player resumed the same. The
player then tossed the small stick in the air by
hitting on its sharp edge and threw the stick
further with the main stick.
the player missed the toss, the distance between
the hole and the position of the small stick was
measured and another player started the game in the
same way. At the end of the game, whoever threw the
small stick furthest from the hole ( i.e. distance
was measured between the small stick and the hole
won the game.
game is dangerous because you might get hurt if you
are hit by the stick while playing, so you have to
be very careful, and it must be played in an open
Young-Ah from Korea
game is for girls. When we were little girls, we
used to play this came at break time or lunch time
in the classroom. There were two ways to play the
way we used five small stones. First of all, we
threw all of them down on the floor. Then you
picked one up with your fingers and tossed it into
the air. You had to pick another one up and then
catch the one you threw in the air. Then you picked
each of them up in turns.
second round you played, you picked two stones up
at a time. The third round you played, you picked
three of them up, then you picked the last one up.
The fourth round you picked four of them
last step you tossed the stones into the air and
caught them on the back of your hand. You had to
snatch them off and try to catch them in your palm.
The number which you caught was your score. After
that, you started over. If you failed to catch
them, it was your partner's turn.
second way we played, we used 100-200 stones. We
put them all together and tried to make groups. If
you succeeded in catching them, they would be
we played this game, we used our fingers. According
to some researchers, moving your fingers helps
develop your brain, so I think this game is very
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