Children these days have become slaves to gadgets – they rarely go out and play. The games played by the 80s and 90s kids have not only gone nostalgic but almost extinct too. Listed below are 6 exclusively Malaysian games children these days have never heard and those 80s and 90s kids indulged.
Known in Tamil as goli vilayatu, this game is one of the games which requires great focus and hand coordination. The rule is, one should scatter the clumped marbles placed in a circle. The farther the marbles roll, the more points you get.
Predominantly played by girls, this game entails bodily balance and strength. The rules are to hop on one leg in the squares drawn on the ground without touching the lines. Those who successfully does so up to the last box, wins.
One of the games that requires sleight of hand and skill that can be only be acquired by practice, here’s how to play batu seremban.
Batu seremban requires glass marbles, rubber seeds, pebbles or gravel chunks circular object often, as many as five to seven seeds. Sack cloth sewn and filled with saga seeds, sand, etc. are also used.
This game is my personal favourite because I have long limbs. The players gotta restrain the opposite team players from getting through the border drawn on the ground. This is one of the games that makes you exert and sweat like anything, the perfect full body workout.
This game originates from India and it is called ‘Kaunda kaundi’ there. This game can be played at least 2 people. This game uses two sticks over 0.5 meters. A hole is dug in the ground to a depth of 0.2 meters and a width of 0.2 meters as well. Timber is placed horizontally in the middle of the hole. A stick used to pry the wood so touched and darted away from an opponent.
Lompat getah / lompat tali / zero point
This game practically trains one to become a high jumper. It is similar to double dutch played in America. Agility and coordination is enhanced when playing this game. It is highly enjoyable to both play and watch.
The games listed above are practically alien to the kids of today – all they know are video games. The days where these games are played, after school, with neighbours and with siblings and friends are the good old days indeed.. Man, I miss those days!!