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10 Filipino Games You Can Teach Your Kids This Summer

Want your child to learn traditional games you enjoyed playing when you were young? We list down top 10 Filipino games you can teach your kids this summer.

Don’t you ever miss playing traditional games as you were growing up? In this age of hand-held gaming consoles and mobile phones, why not break the monotony and teach your child what you played with when you were young?

1. Patintero

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Number of players: 3-5 per team
How you play the game: A rectangle is drawn on the street (usually with chalk), about 5-6 meters, with equal partitions. 2 teams are formed, with the same number of members. One team has to guard the area and tag the other team, while avoiding stepping on the lines of the rectangular shape. The other team has to successfully pass through all lines without getting tagged.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn from this game: Teamwork, agility, and quick thinking


2. Agawan Base

Number of players: Equal number of players per team.
How you play the game: Two teams have their own “base,” which usually could be 2 walls or posts (even a tree; it could be anything, actually) facing one another. A safety line is drawn to mark the boundaries of each team’s territory. Players have to chase and tag any opposing team members who enter their territory and try to capture their base.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn from this game: Teamwork, agility, and quick thinking


3. Sungka

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Number of players: 2
How you play the game: Each player has his own “house” or home cup with an equal number of cowrie shells. The Sungka board has six cups on each side, along with a home cup. Each player must distribute their number of shells along the entire Sungka board and “eat” or get the other person’s cowrie shells.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn from this game: Strategic thinking, patience


4. Tumbang Preso

Number of players: At least 3
How you play the game: First, someone has to be prisoner (preso) or defender of a can. The prisoner must prevent the other players from knocking down the can with their slippers (each player is allowed to have only up to 2 slippers). Each time the can is knocked down, the slipper used cannot be used again the prisoner has to turn the can upright again. The game goes on like this, and when all slippers have been used, the prisoner is free to chase any of the players and tag the next prisoner.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn from this game: Agility, hand-eye coordination


5. Sipa

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Number of players: At least 1 player per team
How you play the game: Basically an “it” has to chuck (using the foot or knee) the “sipa,” a washer with bright colored threads, to another player, who must successfully pass the sipa back to the “it,” without the sipa falling to the ground. Once the “it” passes the sipa again, the player has to catch the sipa and pass it on to another player, otherwise, he will become the next “it.” The winner is determined through the player who became “it” the least number of times.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn from this game: Dexterity, hand-eye coordination

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  • Guest 1 week ago
    i want rules and procedures
  • Guest Oct 25 2011 @ 03:30pm
    this games reminds me of my childhood days...
  • Rayner Ranin Apr 08 2010 @ 03:33pm
    You know what would make this article even better? Videos on how to play the games! Hehe
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