Pass it on to the Next Generation

Remember your childhood games that kept you busy outside for hours on end? From jumping rope, to marbles, Upuca and soccer. Why not teach them to your kids? Get outdoors and share the games that brought you so much joy as a child, with your children. Outdoor games are fun-filled and help children develop important motor skills while helping them learn teamwork and other social skills too. This will also boost their confidence and help them build lifelong friendships through shared experiences.


Jumping Rope AKA Ugqaphu

What you'll need:

  • Three or more players
  • And a skipping rope

How it works:

Two players hold the skipping rope on each end, while a third and/or fourth player skips. Make the game more interesting by making up your own songs to skip to along the way, as long as you stay moving. Take turns to see who can be the most creative jumper.

Top tip: If you’re feeling competitive, use two ropes to increase the difficulty of the game and to make it more interesting.

What this will teach:

Teamwork and creative skills.


Marbles AKA Aamapeka

What you'll need:

  • Each player needs a small collection of different sized marbles.
  • To create the circle, you’ll need a piece of chalk.
  • Alternatively, you can use a stick to create a circle in the sand.
  • This game can have many players - the more marbles, the merrier. 

How it works:

Firstly, choose your shooter marble – this should be larger than the other marbles. Create your circle and place 5 to 10 marbles in the centre. Take turns to flick your shooter marble out of your fist with your thumb, trying to knock as many marbles out of the ring. If you knock any marbles out of the ring, keep them and have another turn. Continue until the ring is empty. The one who collects the most marbles, is the winner!

Top tip: For mixed age groups, share the marbles evenly between players at the end of the game to keep the fun going as well as the playing field even for the next game. 

What this will teach:

Sharing and co-ordination.


Upuca

What you'll need:

  • You will need small stones
  • And can invite any number of people to join in the fun. 

How it works:

Draw a circle on the ground to put your stones in. Players have to have one bigger stone in their hand. Players take turns to throw their stone in the air and at the same time, pull a stone out from the circle, and then catch the first stone before it lands. Players then throw the bigger stone in the air again and push the stones in their hand back into the circle, leaving one or more stones depending on the level of the game. The aim would be not to drop the bigger stone and to collect the correct number of stones for the level they are playing.

For example, if you are on level two, you must collect two stones. Once you miss catching the bigger stone then the game goes to the next player. The winner will be the one who collects the most stones from the circle.

What this will teach:

Co-ordination.


Soccer AKA Ibhola

What you'll need:

  • A universally loved game, any number of players can join the game as long as there are equal amounts of players on each team with a maximum of 11.
  • All you need is a soccer ball and a goal post. 

How it works:

While the rules of soccer are somewhat complex, the main aim of the game is to score as many goals while the other team defends. 

Top tip: 5-a-side soccer is a great idea for smaller groups. 

What this will teach:

Teamwork and co-ordination.


Relive your childhood games with your little ones at your side and teach them some awesome tips and tricks that you’ve picked up along the way. As long as kids are happy and learning, surely it means that the stains they pick up are part of their development, which is why we also say dirt is good

View our other selection of kid's game ideas for toddlers and older kids in our games section. With the power of 10 hands, you can spend less time washing laundry and enjoy life’s precious moments to the full while OMO takes care of the rest!

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