Games Played using custom properties, each game has different properties – Games that are played using Custom properties are classified as Property Games, Each game has unique properties like Bambaram (top), Goli (Small Glass balls), etc. Some are played indoor and some outdoor which is decided upon the size of the prop and size of the house.
Jalli Kattu (ஜல்லிகட்டு)
Goli Gundu (கோலி குண்டு)
Seven Stones (ஏழு கல்லு)
Gilli Thanda (Kittipulla) [கில்லி தண்ட (கிட்டிபுள்ளை)]
Mudhugu Puncture (முதுகு பஞ்சர்)
Nongu Vandi (நுங்கு வண்டி)
Cycle Tyre (சைக்கிள் டயர்)
Thena Ola Rocket (தென்னை ஓலை ராக்கெட்)
Monkey Ball (குரங்கு பந்து)
Five Stones (Kuzhangal/ Anchankal/Kallankal)
Name Place Animal Things
Pulli Pulli (புள்ளி புள்ளி)
Soodu Kottai (சூடு கொட்டை)
Bambaram is yet another traditional game played in
TamilNadu and Karnataka also known as Lattu in Urdu.
Spinning Tops are used for fun experience in this
game. The skill and interest in this game is reducing
due to other interests taking priority and also due to
unsafe nails along with bullying of younger, smaller,
poorer kids. This game is more common among Boys.
This game is coming back with safer components and
Components of Bambaram:
Wooden Top (Coloring is optional – to make it
interesting and attractive)
Pointed Nail for getting the center
String to get the starting spin (also used for lifting
the spinning top)
How to Play:
Bambaram has very simple rules. All the players have
to go at the same time for the ‘Goes’ – this is the ‘toss’
for the game. The ‘Goes’ process is – at the count of
1, 2, 3 all the players should wind their Bambarams with
heir ropes, unwind it on the ground to rotate and then
pick it up with the rope as quickly as possible. The
primary skill on this rely on shortest rope length usage
and still make the bamabram to rotate on the ground
allowing you to catch it back with the rope
Conditions for losing the toss:
If the Bambaram failed to rotate on its nail on the
ground –it is called ‘Mattai’, you lose the toss.
If you fail to catch the Bambaram through the rope
then you lose the toss.
The last person to finish the ‘Goes’ lose as well.
The player who losses the Toss will keep their bambarams
inside the circle drawn on the ground. The rest of the
members will have a go at the bambarams inside the circle.
The people who managed to finish the toss successfully try to
spin their bambaram over the bambarams in the circle trying
to break them and/or trying to getting them out of the circle.
Each time the spinning bambaram has to be picked up
successfully to continue.
If you manage to land your bambaram’s nail on the bambarams inside the circle it would leave a mark – called as ‘Aakkar’. The best player’s Bambaram will have the least number of Aakkars – and as usual it is a matter of prestige. To avoid the main bambaram getting too many Aakkars, players would always keep a spare and called it as ‘Pondatti Bambaram’ (Pondatti means wife in Tamil). Players use the ‘Purushan Bambaram’ (Purushan means Husband in Tamil), to give Aakars to others’ bambarams and use Pondatti Bambaram to receive Aakars from others. Players will take special care of the Purushan Bambaram. They will hand pick the nails from the black smith work shop, sit with him to see that he inserted the nail to their Bambaram without any cracks, and also will do a couple of dry runs to ensure that all is well before paying the blacksmith
Kids will use also crowns of cool drink bottles to decorate the ropes. They will put a hole at the center of the crowns and insert the rope such that the crown would form one end of the rope and the other end will be used to start the winding process.
”’Jallikattu”’ – ஜல்லிகட்டு is a cattle/ bulltaming
sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal
celebration. This is one of the oldest living ancient
sports seen in the modern era. It is held in the villages
of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festival. The
festivals are held from January to July, every year.
The one held in Alanganallur, near Madurai, is one of
the more popular events. This sport is also known as
“Manju Virattu”, meaning “chasing the bull”.
Jallikattu is based on the simple concept of “flight or
fight”. Cattle being herd and prey animals in general tend to run away
from unwanted situations. But there are quite noteworthy exceptions.
Cape buffalos are famous for standing up against lions and killing them.
The Indian Gaur bull is known for standing its ground against predators
and tigers think twice about attacking a full grown Gaur bull. Aurochs,
the ancestor of domestic cattle was known for its pugnacious nature.
Jallikattu bulls belong to a few specific breeds of cattle that descended
from the kangayam breed of cattle and these cattle are very pugnacious
by nature. These cattle are reared in huge herds numbering in hundreds
with a few cowherds tending to them. These cattle are for all practical
comparisons, wild and only the cowherds can mingle with them without
any fear of being attacked. It is from these herds that calves with good
characteristics and body conformation are selected and reared to
become jallikattu bulls. These bulls attack not because they are irritated
or agitated or frightened, but because that is their basic nature.
There are three versions of jallikattu:
1) Vadi Manju Virattu – This version takes place mostly in the districts
of madurai, pudukottai, theni, tanjore and salem. This version that has been popularised by television and movies involves the bull being released from an enclosure with an opening. As the bull comes out of the enclosure, one person clings to the hump of the bull. The bull in its attempt to shake him off will bolt (as in most cases), but some will hook the guy with their horns and throw him off. The rules specify that the person has to hold on to the running bull for a predetermined distance to win the prize. In this version, only one person is supposed to attempt catching the bull. But this rule being strictly enforced depends on the village where the event is conducted and more importantly, the bull himself. Some bulls acquire a reputation and that alone is enough for them to be given a unhindered passage out of the enclosure and arena.
2) Vaeli Virattu – This version is more popular in the districts of sivagangai, manamadurai and madurai. The bull is released in an open ground without any restrictions in any way (no rope or determined path). The bulls once released just run away from the field in any direction that they prefer. Most don’t even come close to any human. But there are a few bulls that don’t run but stand their ground and attack anyone who tries to come near them. These bulls will “play” for some time (from a few minutes to a couple of hours) providing a spectacle for viewers, players and owners alike. The magnificence of such bulls cannot be described. They must be seen firsthand to really understand the basic psyche behind the sport of jallikattu.
3) Vadam Manjuvirattu – “vadam” means rope in tamil. The bull is tied to a 50 ft long rope and is free to move within this space. A team of 7 or 9 members must attempt to subdue the bull within 30 minutes. This version is very safe for spectators as the bull is tied and great the spectators are shielded by barricades.
Training of jallikattu bulls
The calves that are chosen to become jallikattu bulls are fed a nutritious diet so that they develop into strong, sturdy beasts. The bulls are made to swim for exercise. The calves, once they reach adolescence are taken to small jallikattu events to familiarize them with the atmosphere. Specific training is given to vadam manju virattu bulls to understand the restraints of the rope. Apart from this, no other training is provided to jallikattu bulls. Once the bulls are released, then instinct takes over.
Jallikattu, which is bull-baiting or bull fighting, is an ancient Tamilian tradition, popular amongst warriors during the Tamil classical period. According to legend, in olden days the game was used by women to choose their husbands. Successful “matadors” were chosen as grooms.
The term Jallikattu comes from the term “Salli” kassu (coins) and “Kattu” (meaning a package) tied to the horns of the bulls as the prize money. Later days during the colonial period this term got changed to Jallikattu which is the term currently used. Usually the majestic Kangeyam bull is involved in this game, as they are naturally more ferocious and muscular than any other of its species.
Famous Jallikattu locations include:
Tiruvapur near Pudukottai
Kondalaampatti, Thammampatti in Salem, Tamil Nadu
Palemedu near Madurai
Sravayal near Karaikudi
Kanduppatti near Sivagangai
Venthanpatti near Ponnamaravathy, Pudukottai (Dist)
Pallavarayanpatty near Cumbum
Unlike in bullfighting, the matador does not kill the bull. There are rarely any casualties suffered by the bulls. Several animal activists object to this dangerous game every year, but so far these objections have been in vain.
There are several rock paintings, more than 3,500 years old, at remote Karikkiyur village in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu that show men chasing bulls. Kaikkiyur, situated about 40 km from Kotagiri town, is the biggest rock art site in south India. The rock surface site, teeming with more than 500 paintings, was discovered in 2004.
Another single painting discovered in a cave at Kalluthu Mettupatti, about 35 km west of Madurai, between Madurai and Dindigul, shows a lone man trying to control a bull. Archaeologists estimated that this painting, done in white kaolin, is about 1,500 years old.
Golli is one of the most popular traditional Indian
games played all over the India, it is also called as
kanchey in North India and Marbles in English. This
game is considered as one of the street game and is
banned by many parents nowadays. This game
increases the aiming and concentration skills.
A set of Golli (kanchey) (marbles or small colored
glass balls about 1 cm in diameter)
2 or more players
A shallow hole is dug in open ground
How to aim?
The marble is held tautly in the forefinger of the left hand. Then the finger is
stretched back like a bow-string by the pressure of the forefinger of the right
hand the golli is shooted by releasing the finger Remember, while pushing the
marble, the left thumb should firmly touch the ground.
Who plays first?
To decide the player who gets the first turn, two lines are drawn on the ground
one about half a foot and the other three feet away from the hole. The players
stand at the second line and try to throw their marbles into the hole. The person
whose marble closest to the hole gets to play first.
How to Play?
The objective of the game is to throw the Golli into the hole.
Each player contributes two gollies. The first player throws them together
aiming at the hole using one hand.
In those two gollies one may fall in the hole and other outside the hole or
both outside the hole. Then the co players choose a golli, and then the first
player is asked to hit the selected golli with another golli that belongs to him.
If he succeeds, he wins all the gollies in the hole. If not, he gets the one with
which he hit.
The next player takes his turn with the remaining gollies.
If all the players golli does not go into the hole at the first try then second starts, in this the players have to strike out of the way the goli thrown by the other boys. Or, with a gentle blow from one’s goli, push the other goli, so into the hole.
The player who ends with the largest number of marbles is the winner.
Seven Stones is a traditional Indian game, boasting of a special place in the
Indian Culture, spread over a wide region even today. It is also called as
Lagori , saat-pathar (seven stones), pittu and several other names, is the
most complex popular children’s game in India, and is rather like Dodge ball,
but more aggressive.
Things Needed to play:
A Ball: Tennis or the rubber kinds.
7 stones: If not, suitable substitutes.
Minimum 2 players in each team. But it is much more fun with a lot more.
Two teams with equal number of players needs to be formed
A coin is tossed to select which team takes the attacking role first
Seven stones should be on top of each other as a pile within a circle and the defending team takes positions. The position for the fielding team will be wicket keeper who will be behind the stones and other around the stones randomly as fielders stand in cricket. All the players of the attacking team take position behind a crease line in an appropriate distance away from the pile of stones.
The attacking team gets three chances to hit the pile of stones with the ball (Underarm or Over arm) to knock the pile of stones.
The attacking team has to hit the pile within three hit if they fail, then the defending and attacking team interchange places and continue to play, with one point for the formerly defending team in view of the worst aiming skills of the formerly attacking team.
As soon as the ball knocks the pile of stones, the defenders catch hold of the ball and try to get the opposing players ‘out’ by hitting them with the ball in their leg below the knees.
The aim of the attacking team is to rearrange the pile of stones and trace the circle three times with their fingers before the other team can make all the players out. If they succeed in doing that, their team gets 1 point and they get the chance to throw the ball again. However, if all the players are out, then the defending team now hit the stone and they gain one point.
The defending team player can only pivot with the ball and not move around. The maximum time he is permitted to have the ball in his hands is about 50 seconds. He has to pass the ball to other members of his team who will attempt the same – to make a player that they are marking ‘out’ by hitting their leg with a ball below the knee. People with the ball, however can dodge.
The stones have to fall within the circle only. If they fall outside the circle, then its again 1 point for the defending team plus they get to throw the ball now.
If any defending team player catches the ball after it has touched the pile of stones and before it has bounced, then they get 1 point and the teams interchange places.
The player of the attacking team can shield himself from the ball, by hitting it away from the main area, so that time is wasted when the opposing team player fetches it from far away. However, the palm should not be used and only a closed fist can be used to push the ball away.
The point to note about 7 stones strategy is that you should attempt to disrupt the stack of 7 as little as possible. Preferably, just the top stone being knocked relatively close by, with a glancing blow from the ball. That will mean your rebuilding will be trivial. Blast all 7 all over the place with a powerful direct hit, and you are in for trouble rebuilding.
Gilli Thanda (Kittipulla)
Gilli Danda or Guli Danda, Lippa, S-Cianco, is a
traditional amateur sport, popular among rural youth
in the Indian subcontinent and southern Europe. It is
also know as dangguli in Bangla chinni-dandu in
Kannada, kuttiyum kolum in Malayalam, viti-dandu in
Marathi, kitti-pullu in Tamil, gooti-billa in Telugu, and
Lappa-Duggi in Pashto. This sport is generally played
in the rural and small towns of the Indian subcontinent.
The rules are different everywhere and you can have
fun making your own rules. Imagine a game like
cricket or baseball but without a ball!
That’s what ‘Gilli Danda’ is.
Gilli Danda requires two wooden sticks – a ‘Gilli’
and a ‘Danda’. The ‘Gilli’ is a small wooden piece
which is about three inches long and
‘Danda’ – a stick, about 2 feet in length, is used
to strike the Gilli.
How to play:
A small circle of four feet diameter is drawn. In the
centre a small oblong shaped hole is dug which
should be smaller than the gilli.
Two teams are formed. One bat and the other
Fielders stand in a position from where they can
catch the gilli.
The first player places the gilli in the hole and lifts
it quickly high in the air with the danda and then
strikes it. If he fails at first, he gets another turn.
If the fielder catches the gilli before it touches the
ground, the batsman is out and the second player
tries to hit the gilli. If the gilli is not caught, then the distance from the hole to the place where the gilli falls is measured with the danda. Each danda equals one point.
The fielder stands where the gilli had fallen and tosses it to the batsman. The batsman tries to hit the gilli while it is in the air. If it falls in the circle then he is out, if it falls outside the circle then he taps the tapered end and lifts it in the air and strikes while it is in the air. He gets three chances to hit the gilli. If he does not hit it, or is caught, he is out.
The game continues till all batsmen are out. The team changes side and continues the same way. The team with higher score wins.
Gilli danda is a very dangerous game to play. Many a times the “Gilli” can go astray and hit one of the players or passersby, so it needs to be played carefully so that no players or passers get hurt.
Mudhugu puncture is also a traditional game similar to Seven Stones but the only difference is this game is played without the stones. This game is more aggressive than seven stones as there is no time to hit the stone and other stuff. The Players playing this games needs to be more active as the ball may turn to them at any point of time and by anyone. The only condition to play this game is the player needs to hit another player only in his back (Mudhugu).
This game requires more enery and stamina as the players need to run throughout the game as if he stays idle he may get a change to get hitted by the ball. Usually this game is played by Senior school students and college students.
Carefull attention is required in playing as small kids may be playing in the ground and they may get hurt.
Nongu Vandi is a very tactile game that helps children improve their sense of
touch. Most children like the feel of sand slip through their fingers
Nongu (Palm Fruit) is a famous tropical fruit available in villages of Tamil Nadu in
summer season. Summer season is the season of holidays for kids in India. Kids
in villages play games and also do experiments with available waste items in the
village. Nongu Vandi is one of the item made by kids which proves us that we
are born Mechanical Engineers.
“Nongu Vandi” is a easy to make toy basically made of long stick with “Nongu”
palm shell as tires. Each Kid makes one for each and play various games using it.
There are no certain games that kids play, it mainly depends upon their creativity.
Things Required to Make Nongu Vandi
Two Palm shells of same size and weight
Stick with V shape on one end – Length depends upon the height of the kid
How to Make
Take an stick of length half a foot
Sharpen the edges the stick
Pierce the Palm shells on both the sides of the stick as shown in the picture
Now take the long stick and put the V shape end in the middle of the small stick where palm shells are pierced
Now your Nungu Vandi is ready for Playing.
Most of the children in villages have their own vehicle.
Yes! They have their own vehicle. All the vehicles run
by children in villages have only one tyre.
Children goto cycle repair shops and get worn out
tyres and use a stick to rotate the tyre in the road
and that the vehicle. Wherever they go they will rotate
their tyre with them. This vehicle does not pollute and
does not require fuel. When they go to nearby shop
they rotate the tyre and park it in front of Annaachi
shop, buy stuff and come back home and park it in
front of thier house. It is one of the integral parts of
Other way of playing with cycle tyre is kids break small
branches with leaves from the trees and tie it with the
cycle tyre in such a way that cycle tyre will be like a
handle and one person will sit on the branch and the
other will pull the branch, it’ll be something like a cart
pulled by kids. Kids will have fun pulling the branch in
waters and in mud and in dirt.
Seetu is a colloquial word for cards. This game will improve children’s
concentration and aiming skill as they try to hit the cards by a stone to get
them out of the circle. Since it is played using cards in villages the game is
named after it. This is also played using hardened Mango Kernels, Bottle
Crowns, tamarind seeds, etc.
Usually in villages kids go to Annaachi stores (Beeda Kadai) and pick empty
cigar pack covers which is easily and freely available and play with it, the
game is to bet cigar covers on your aiming skills. You place the cigar cover
in a circle and try to hit it with a stone and try to bring it out of the circle, if you
are able to hit it and bring it out of the circle then that cover is yours. Cards that
are very hard to get by contains more points and easy to get will have low
points. The one with highest point at the end of the day wins.
How to play
More than two members are required to play this game.
Each should have equal number of cards/crowns and a flat stone which
moves over the ground flatly
Draw a circle with a minimum diameter of 1 meter on a ground and each
person has to keep one or more cards/crowns in the circle.
Now select the person who needs to start the game by flipping a coin by
other short listing method
Now the person selected to play first has to go a few steps from the circle
and throw the stone towards the circle in such a way it moves over the
ground flatly and hit the cards/crowns in the circle and push it outside the circle.
The cards/crowns that come out of the circle belong to the hitter. The cards/crown on the line goes in the circle again.
Now the second player plays.
The game continues till all the cards/crowns are captured by the players.
Each player gets only one hit at a time.
Next round is started as the first one. The game continues till someone in the group loses all his cards/crowns.
The one with more cards/crowns wins the game.
Pallanguzhi is an urban board game, once patronised
by women in Tamil Nadu, Pallankuzhi is played by
dropping seeds into pits on a board, It has been a
women’s pastime, also an entertaining way to improve
math and motor skills or a marathon affair during
festivals like Sivarathri and Vaikunda Ekadasi and is
also played during the break at workplace
The game has fascinated researchers keen on
unraveling its many anthropological and social aspects.
Scholars have conducted researches on the game to
find out the various skills of students at various levels.
Pallanguzhi is mostly played by Tamil women, both in
Southern India and SriLanka. Men also play it
sometimes for gambling.
The board has 14 cups, each player controls seven
cups. People used to play using tamarind seeds or
Kauri shells. Three types of games are played using
the 14 cup board, they are
6 seeds game and
12 seeds game
How to Play:
Six seeds are placed in each cup. The player starting
first picks up the seeds from any of her holes and,
moving anti-clockwise, places one seed in each hole.
If she reaches the end of her cups she goes on the
other side of the board. When the player drops her last
seed, she takes the seeds from the next cup and
continues placing them in this way. If the last seed falls into a cup with an empty cup following it, the seeds in
the cup following the empty cup, are captured by the player.
That player then continues play from the next cup containing seeds. If the last seed falls into a cup with two empty holes beyond, she captures no seeds and her turn is over. The next player continues play in the same way.
If, after having a seed dropped into it, if a cup contains four seeds, those seeds become the property of the player who dropped the seed. The round is over when no seeds remain.
Once the first round is over players take the seeds from their stores and fill as many of their holes as possible with 6 seeds each.
The winner will have a surplus of seeds which are kept in her store. The loser of the first round will be unable to fill all of her holes. These unfilled holes are marked as “rubbish holes.”
In the next round play continues as before, but without the rubbish holes being included and the player who went first in the previous round going second.
During the game if a player has enough seeds to fill any of her rubbish holes, they are again used during play. The game is over when a player is unable to fill any cups with six seeds at the end of a round.
Mangatha is a very simple and popular card game, mainly played by
adults by betting money, Kids play by betting tamarind seeds,
matchbox labels, cigarette wrappers, bottle crowns, etc. It’s also
known as “Ullae, Veliyae”.
Things required to Play
Fair Playing cards – one deck
2 or more players
How to Play
First the players fix the bet (E.g. Say both the players bet equal
amount of tamarind seeds) and place it on the table where they play
One Player from the group shuffles the deck and asks anyone in
the group to pick a number and ask him where he wants the card
ullae(in) or veliyae(out) (E.g. Say the player selects number 8 and
Now the player who has the deck starts throwing the cards in open
in the table in two sets, one is named as Ullae (in) and the other as
If the card with number selected by player 2 first falls in ullae set
then the player who selected the number wins the game and he
takes all the tamarind seeds, but if it falls in the veliyae set all the
tamarind seeds goes to the person who throws the card.
The winner takes the entire bet in the table.
Five Stones (Kuzhangal/ Anchankal/Kallankal)
The game of 5 stones is believed to have originated
in Ancient Asia, during the Siege of Troy in 1184 B.C.,
Five stones is played by 2 or more players, using 5
small stones. The object is to complete a set of eight
steps. This game increases the eye sight, memory
power and builds concentration and aiming skills.
This game is also called in various names like
Kallangal, Anchangal in villages of Tamilandu.
Things you Need
5 stones of similar size
2 or more Players
How to Play
You need to play set of eight steps to complete the game. The player who
completes these eight steps in minimal tries is the winner. First a player starts
the game and if he/she misses any step then the second player takes the
turn, the second player plays the game until he/she miss any step. Once all
the players in set completes playing, the second round starts, the stones
goes to the first player, he starts the game from the step he missed while
playing the first round and the game continues. The player who completes
all the eight rounds first is the winner.
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick one stone on the ground
Do this for all the stones on the ground
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick two stones at a time
Do this for the other two also
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick a combination of 3 & 1 Stones
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick all 4 Stones
Whilst throwing one stone place four stones on the ground
Throw one stone again catch it whilst picking all four stones on the ground
Throw all five stones
Pick two stones and whilst throwing a stone, exchange the stone in hand with one on the ground
Do for all the 3 stones
Throw all five stones
Pick two stones and whilst throwing two stones, pick one on the ground and catch two falling stones with each hand
Do for all the 3 stones
Throw all five stones
Opponent chooses 1 stone
Throw the stone in the air and seep up the remaining stones
Do for all the 3 stones
The winner of the game is the one who completes all the 8 steps.
A player loses his/her turn if he/she fails to complete a step or touches another stone when picking up a stone.
Finally, be creative, create your own steps.
Name Place Animal Things
Name Place Animal Things is a paper-pencil game, played by kids in a rainy day or a sunny day when they cannot go out to play. By playing this game, the kids come to know different Names, Places, Animals, and Things starting in all the alphabets. This helps them practice nouns in alphabets.
Although paper-pencil-games are simple in terms of materials needed, the rules of the group game have to be clearly specified, as the rules are not written anywhere, specifying them at the beginning of the game rules out any confusion later.
2 or more players
How to play:
Each player who are in the game should draw the following table in their paper
The team should have a Caller and a Reciter, these roles are assigned to anyone throughout the game or is changes to all in a clockwise direction at the end of each round.
To start the game the Caller says ‘Start’ to the Reciter and the Reciter recites the alphabet in his mind (inaudibly).
After an interval, the caller says ‘Stop’ to the reciter. The Reciter says the alphabet where he was stopped.
Dots is a fun game to play in the car (if you’re a passenger), in study hall or on a rainy afternoon. You need nothing more than a playing partner, a sheet of paper and a pen, and you’ll have fun for hours.
Things you need:
Two or more players
Pen or pencil
How to Play “Dots”
First make a Dots board in a blank piece paper by drawing evenly spaced dots in a
grid pattern. The board can be large or as small as you like or based upon the time
you have to play, but make sure there are same numbers of dots across as there
are up and down.
The first player draws a single line between two adjacent dots anywhere in the dot
board. The line should be vertical or horizontal and can only connect two dots
together. The next player does the same.
The object of the game is to create complete box shapes, comprised of four lines
connected between four dots. When a player completes a square, he marks his initials neatly inside the square. Once a player has completed a box and initialed it, he gets a second turn.
Continue drawing lines until there are no more moves left. Count the number of boxes each player has initialed.
The winner is the player who has the most number of boxes at the end of the game.
Tips & Warnings
The larger you make the Dots board, the longer the game will last, so customize the size of your playing board to the amount of time you have to play.
In olden days kids used to play and have fun with
naturally and readily, available things got from trees,
plants, etc. There used to play many games, some
of the games are listed here
One such game known by all and played even today
is Soodu Kottai, It is got from the cylindrical flowers of
Kalyana murungai, which is one of the most colorful
indigenous tree of peninsular India. Kids used to
collect the seeds and rub it on the floor to generate
heat it in, the beauty of this seed is it generates more
heat while rubbing on the floor and maintain the heat in the seed. Then the rubbed hot seed is put on any part of the body other than face. The kid who got the hot seed will run and will do the same to the kid who gave him the hot treatment. It’ll be great fun that the kids will put the hot seed on other when the receiver is unaware of it.
The other one is Pattaas Kaai. It is found on road side bushes in Villages. This seed will
burst in few seconds after you sprinkle water on it. Kids used to collect them while going
to school, and will sprinkle water on it and put inside the dress of other kids. The seed
with water on it will burst inside the dress which will create an irritating sensation in the
body, its of great fun when kids run here and there after the seed gets busted in their
Kids collect another plant, which has a hollow stem with a rose color flower at the end of it. Kids use the stem part, which is like a tube to blow bubbles with soap water. It is a seasonal game where the kids blow bubbles when the flower blossoms.
There are more games kids used to play in villages with the naturally available items and have great fun of it.