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Universal Children's Day: 5 fun outdoor games from across the world

Ipsita Sarkar | Updated on: 19 November 2016, 17:37 IST

Universal Children's day will be celebrated tomorrow, across the world on 20 November, 2016. The day is observed to protect children against all odda and understand them. So on Universal Children's Day, here are five outdoor games from across the world that you can enjoy:

Catch The Dragon's Tail - China

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Catch the dragon's trail is a traditional Chinese game. The game requires a minimum of 10 kids. The more the merrier. Here's how to play the game:

1.All kids form a train, with hands on the shoulders of the person in front.

2. The first kid will act as the dragon's head, the last one as dragon's tail.

3. The dragon's head, the first child in line, will then try to catch the tail, the last kid in the line.

4. Middle-players will try their best to protect the tail, without letting the line break.

5. Once the dragon's head catches the tail, the tail player become the new dragon's head. All players move back one position.

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Corre, Corre la Guaraca (Run, run, la Guaraca) - Chile

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Originated in Chile, Run, run, la Guaraca needs a minimum of five (or more) players and a handkerchief. Here's how to play the game:

1. The children sit in a circle.

2. One particular child 'X' runs, with hankerchief in the hands, outside the circle of children, while children recite a rhyme.

3. X then, secretly stops behind another child 'Y' and drops the handkerchief, and tries to complete a circle, before the later notices.

4. If Y notices it, he/she needs to take it the hankerchief in hand, chases X and try to touch or hit X's back.

5. If X reaches the seat before Y, X wins. If Y manages to touch X before sitting in the empty spot, Y wins.

6. The entire cycle is then repeated.

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Banyoka (Long snake)- Zambia

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Banyoka, meaning long snake, is a traditional game of Zambia, played outdoors among the rocks and trees. It's played with atleast 12 or more kids.

Here's how to play this:

1. Arrange for an item that can act as an obstacle such as rocks, bushes, little wall, chairs, boxes, anyother item.

2. Children need to be divided into two groups.

3. Each group takes the form of human snake. Each child is sitting behind one other in a squatting position and with arms around the waist of the child in front.

4. The snakes then start moving on the ground, around their obstacle course towards the finishing line. The snake is not allowed to break in between.

5. The first group to reach the finish line wins.

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Mamba (The Big Snake) - Ghana

This game originated in Ghana, Africa. As many number of kids can play this game.

Here's how to play this:

1. The first child, denoting the first part of the snake, tries to touch another child.

2. The tagged child, then join hands to become a longer snake and try to touch another kid.

3. As the snake becomes longer, only the first kid (snake's face) and the last kid (snake's tail) are allowed to tag free players.

4. Meanwhile, if snake's body breaks, the game restarts.

Kabbadi - India

Kabaddi, a sport that originated in India, here's a video that explains how to play it:

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First published: 19 November 2016, 17:37 IST
Ipsita Sarkar @piercingharmony

Ipsita writes on education with focus on schools, higher education (engineering, B-Schools), HRD ministry, policies, and startup ecosphere. She's previously worked with Hindustan Times and Shiksha.com.