9 Indian Traditional Games For Your Children To Get Rid of Mobiles!

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Look around and it’s very easy to see how technology have changed our kids in day to day lives.

Even many parents are encouraging their kids by giving mobile games to their kids while eating, after completing homeworks and even if they want to go to sleep!

Media and technology have made another virtual world for our kids. Games become so addictive because it triggers the brain’s reward system and shapes a child’s behaviour.

Studies made by the California State University have found that video games can have a similar effect on children’s brain as drug abuse or alcoholism.

The World Health organisation included the gaming disorder in the 11th revision of its International statistical classification of diseases. In today’s era everything has gone online and keeping the child away from the screen is the biggest task of parents.

Although, smartphones, Television and laptops are also a great tool for your child to do learning, I have personally seen mother regularly giving mobile to her standing kid in a crowded bus. Sometimes, this may even end up with bad events due to the carelessness.

Some of the other bad effects are obsessive behaviour, lack of sleep, social isolation, neglect of school activities and responsibilities, lack of interest in other hobbies, irritability and getting depressed when unable to play.


1. Tips To Avoid Mobile Addiction

  • Don’t introduce your babies smartphone before 18 months.
  • Keep your mobile internet or wifi off- Always don’t teach your child to on the data. Instead, download some youtube kids videos for your baby and give them in offline mode.
  • Lock your phone.
  • Make them listen to audios like nursery rhymes and divert their interest.
  • Don’t give them during eating and sleeping.
  • Look back a bit and you can find a variety of traditional outdoor games which are very beneficial for your baby to develop physical and mental growth.
  • A very sad fact is that these games will soon  be present in the history books for our coming generation since they are on the verge of extinction.

Today we are going to see 10 indoor and outdoor Indian traditional games,you can play with your baby or even make them play with their neighborhood kids! Diving straight to the topic now!


1. Pallankuzhi

It is a traditional South Indian game originated in Tamil Nadu and then later on other parts like Kerala and Karnataka.

It is an indoor game played by two people. Pallankuzhi is a strategic game with skillful moves and memory about the position and number of coins kept in the opponent’s pit.

Benefits – enhances coordination, memory, observation skills,maths and motor skills.


2. Five Stones

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Also known as knuckle bones, is played with five small objects. The simplest throw consista of either tossing up one stone, the jack or bouncing a ball and picking up one or more stones while it is in the air.

This continuous until five stones have been picked up.

Benefits: It improves the dextirity of a child and improves hand-eye coordination.


3. Antakshari

Antakshari isn’t probably a new word for you especially when you are brought up in an Indian family. No matter what the occassion will be,you can see people gathering their seats to play this game.

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Music concept

Actually it is a musical game where the first singer has to sing two lines from the song and the next singer will have to start a song from the last letter of the previous song. So how it it beneficial for your child?

Well,you can develop his eagerness towards music rather than watching Pokemon in TV. You can also play this game by not only songs!

Play this by introducing names of animals, names of flowers, places, capitals and countries! Your child will come to know about different words easily when he play with his other friends. Believe me!

This works out well for diverting your baby and improving his interest!

Benefits: Improves General Knowledge, linguistics, cognitive functions and memory.


4. Sonalu Kattam

The goal of the game is to make all the game pieces reach the centre and the first person do so wins. It is an indoor game played by 4-8 people as individuals or groups of two usually.

Benefits: Enhances concentration, strategic skills and quick thinking.


5. Chess or Chaturanga

Yeah! The history of chess goes back almost 1500 years. The game was firstly originated in Northern India and spread to Persia.

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This game was mostly played by Ancient India specifically among kings due to its master strategic approach.

It was initially called Ashthapada due to eight squares and  path and later on called chaturanga. The goal of the game is to kill the king or is called checkmate.

Benefits : develops wisdom, intelligence and forethought.


6. Ezhu kallu ( Seven Stone)

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It was played in the villages of India and then found its way to the urban area. This is also known as Lahori and dikoori. A member of one team throws the tennis ball at the pile of stones to knock them over.

The seekers then tries to restore the piles of stones while the opposite team throws the ball at them. A seeker can always safeguard themselves by touching an opposite team member before the ball hits the seeker.


7. Nondi Or Paandi

It is a regional hopscotch game played in the rural parts of India and Sri Lanka. The game is played only for leisure.

A grid is drawn on the ground and the players hops across to complete his lap without stepping on the border. This takes less than 2 minutes to draw the front of your veranda and let your kid to play with his friends.

Benefits: Improves muscle tone and balance.


8. Oru Kodam Thanni /Poshampa

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Two people stand together with their hands locks together above their heads and sing a song. The other kids pass from under that bridge and the one who gets caught( when the hands come down like a cage at the end of the song) is out.


9. Goli or Marbles

This is still a popular game played in rural areas. The game is played with round with round glass marbles  and the motive is to collect as many marbles as possible by shooting and striking other marbles with the ones you have.


Reference Links:

  • https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/5-indian-games-from-our-childhood-that-are-vanishing-from-the-lives-of-children-today-1388493-2018-11-14
  • https://lifebeyondnumbers.com/traditional-outdoor-games/amp/
  • https://www.wikipedia.org/
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/basics

Originally posted 2020-04-07 20:14:38.

Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.
Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.

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