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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.

6. Piko

Number of players: Any number of players
How you play the game: This game, a local version of hopscotch, is played on the street. Using chalk, a rectangular diagram with numbers from 1-9, separated by squares, is drawn on the street. A “pamato” or marker, such as a rock, is used to mark at which square or number a player is at. A player tosses the pamato (starting at 1) and skip that number and hopping across the entire diagram and back. The player picks up the pamato, tosses it to the next number, and does the same procedure again, skipping whatever number he’s at.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn from this game: Dexterity, hand-eye coordination


7. Tagu-taguan

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Number of players: 3 or more
How you play the game: Basically hide and seek, where an “it” closes his eyes and recites a chant. At the end of the chant, he counts from 1-10 to warn the other players that they should be in their hiding places already before he hunts them and successfully tags another player to become the next “it.” Once the “it” sees a player, he has to shout “BOOM!” plus the caught player’s name and then he has to run back and touch his “base,” or the place where he chanted and counted. Players must outrun the “it” and touch the base. The last person to touch the base becomes “it.”
Skills/Abilities your child can learn or develop from this game: Agility, stealth, visual acuity


8. Langit Lupa

Number of players: 3 or more
How you play the game: This game can be played indoors or outdoors. An “it” has to tag other players. Players have the privilege of not being tagged if they step onto something higher, say, stairs, or a chair. The tagged player becomes “it” and the game continues.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn or develop from this game: Agility, stealth, visual acuity


9. Luksong Tinik

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Number of players: 2 teams with equal number of players
How you play the game: 2 players sit facing each other with their right feet’s soles touching one another, forming the base. Each team should have a designated “mother” or leader, who should be the highest jumper. Players must jump over the base without touching it as each round becomes more difficult with hands serving as an extension to the base’s height. If a player touches the hand, the mother must successfully jump to save the player. If she fails, the teams switch places and the game starts anew.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn or develop from this game: Agility, vertical leap


10. Sawsaw Suka

Number of players: 2
How you play the game: One player holds a palm facing up while the other player pokes his pointer finger onto the palm while the chanting the “Sawsaw Suka” song. The other player can recite the chant as fast or as slow as he wants. The other player should trap or catch the pointer finger once he says the final syllable of the chant.
Skills/Abilities your child can learn or develop from this game: Hand-eye coordination

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Photos: Patintero , Sungka , Sipa , Tagu-Taguan , Luksong Tinik


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  • Guest 2 months 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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