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    Tradi�onal nature-connected games were not just games, they were designed in such a way that one can develop lot of skills like logical thinking, building strategy, concentra�on, basic mathema�cs, aiming, and lot more. Tradi�onal Games act as learning aids. They teach us many things while playing like to learn to win and lose, develop sensory skills, count, add, improve motor skills, iden�fy color, improve hand-eye co-ordina�on and finally to have fun, naturally one play or watch a game to have fun.

  • Looking at the modern children, one striking difference between the childhood that the previous genera�on had and the one that this genera�on is having is the lack of Indian or na�ve games. In earliar (i.e., 1980s and before) children used to play a variety of indoor and outdoor games that were the games of this soil. Nowadays almost all kids play games like cricket, tennis and football. Nobody is playing games like Kabaddi, Goli, Ghilli or the indoor games like the Dhaayaka�am , paramapadham, pallanguzhi, paandi or aadu puli aa�am. These games have a rich culture and heritage value and were tools of passing on some ancestral knowledge or the other. The values that children used to achieve by playing tradi�onal games are more when compared to the games that we play nowadays. Some of the values that they used to gain are environment friendly, they used to get a chance to learn about our culture and history, and an important thing is, it is suitable for all ages. Many modern games played around the world have their origin in these tradi�onal games.

    Toys have existed in India since the Indus Valley Civiliza�on. Toys and games were not only meant to keep children entertained, but also to teach them how to develop their minds and understand what life had in store for them. Unlike the fancy and expensive toys sold in stores today, tradi�onal Indian toys and games were simple and took their inspira�on from nature. They were designed on the basis of how a child would react to them and how it would apply to real life.

    Tradi�onal Indian games created with natural components makes teaching kids fun and also provides a sustainable livelihood to ar�sans. The best thing is that kids play with another person instead of staring at a screen or compe�ng with a machine. For kids aged 6-7 the games should be about strategizing; it �ckles their brains to think of solu�ons. As the games get bigger, so does the compe��ve spirit but it's all healthy and children know that they win some and will lose some. Green Games are the Indigenous Nature connected Games, that helps students to understand the Nature and the Natural World through Sports.

    Children's games have changed a lot considering the fact that children hardly go out to play anymore. For the current genera�on, game either has to be on a computer, a play sta�on or a cellular phone. Rural Indian children play a variety of indoor and outdoor games that help them build their social skills as well as the skills in the games.

    Here the list of some indigenous nature connected games played in Rural India :

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  • Chor-Police game is the Indian equivalent of tag. As the name suggests, there are the thieves (chor) and then there is the police. The players in this game divide up into two teams. The police has the task of catching the chor and then the turn changes. It is one of the most popular games played by children all over the world with different names and a slight change in rules, but the overall objec�ve remains the same.

    Played by: Two Teams, any number of people Loca�on : Outdoor

    Objec�ve : This is useful for development of team-work and mental fitness. Benefits : This is a carbon neutral indigenous game. This game is very useful to children because it gives a clear idea about “good” and “bad” elements in society. Thus it helps to build up moral values in children.

    Carom is a highly popular game in India not just with kids but also with grownups. It is a game that families play at home and there are many varia�ons of this game. Carom can be played with two to four players. It involves pocke�ng coin pieces using a larger piece and there are different ways in which that can be done.

    Played by: 2 or 4 people Loca�on : Indoor Objec�ve : This is a very important indoor game and very useful for development of observa-�onal skill and improvement of hand-eye co-ordina�on. Benefits: Carom game is one of the carbon neutral game. The main a�rac�on and

    advantage of the Carom is that it gives the parents a great way to spend valuable �me with the children. As the kids play Carom, various educa�onal skills would be enhanced. Carom help in increasing the logical reasoning power in children. The children would be playing and having fun at the same �me, they would prac�ce skills like coun�ng, reading, visual percep�on, and eye hand coordina�on etc. This mo�vates children to involve themselves in healthy compe��ons, verbal communica�on and to focus their a�en�on. Moreover it would also help kids to master problem solving as well as cogni�ve skills.

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    Kabbadi is again a very popular game among kids in India. Two teams stand on opposite halves of an enclosure which is halved. Each team takes turns to send in a raider to the other side. Points are given to the players for tackling the opposing team and returning back to their own half. The most interes�ng part is the Kabbadi chant which the raider has to maintain while he/she is on the other side.

    Played by : Two teams of 7 members each Loca�on: Outdoor Objec�ve: This is a very popular game and useful for the improvement of concentra�on and physical fitness. Benefits : It is a zero carbon game. Since the game is played in such a way that it requires you to chant the word 'kabaddi' repeatedly without taking a breath, this in itself will increase your endurance and help stretch out your breathing capacity. Controlling one's breath is a powerful form of yoga, and when combined with the hard physical ac�vity that this sport demands, it will help in developing stamina and concentra�on.

    The game requires you to be quick on your feet for a�ack and defense and think faster to come up with strategies in your mind to steal the win, all while holding your breath. This will help you become much faster in terms of your physical and mental abili�es even outside your game because of your quick reflexes which are developed over �me.

    It's safe to say that running, kicking, dodging, and feigning are few of the skills that are essen�al for the game. Over �me by playing the sport you tend to take over these skills, leading to stronger muscles and hence leaving your movements agiler.

    Kabaddi is the epitome of mul�tasking. You have to play a�ack, defense and think of game winning strategies all at the same �me while holding your breath which naturally increases your concentra�on and enhances your ability to mul�task.

    Since the game requires the player to be mul�-tasters, the game, in turn, calls for pro- ac�veness, crisis management, and understanding the opponents' strategy, which are the few life skills one can take with them for life. These complex skills help in enhancing one's presence of mind.

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    This is a game that is well known to kids in India. This game involves the use of round glass marbles that are easily available at the neighborhood shops. The object of playing Kancha is to collect as many as you can by striking the opponent's marbles. Many different Kancha games exist and children make up their own versions as they go too.

    Played by : Any number of people Loca�on : Outdoor Objec�ve: This is a very useful game for the development of concentra�on and improvement of hand-eye co-ordina�on. Benefits: This carbon neutral game helps to improve aiming and coordina�on. It sharpens

    concentra�on and presence of mind. It also improves aim and focus. Gross motor skills and geometry skills are developed as a player manoeuvres

    himself to the right posi�on to hit the marble and fine motor skills are developed in the process of eye tracking and in the hand-eye coordina�on required for knuckling or flicking.

    Mathema�cal skills are developed while playing Kancha because the

    apprecia�on of pa�ern and design on the marble, the apprecia�on of conserva�on of numbers, the coun�ng and the sor�ng are required in this game.



    Pi�hu is also known to many by the name Satoliya. This is a simple and fun game where the players are divided into two teams. A small stack of flat stones and a ball are the two things required in this game. Each team takes their turns at toppling the stack and then they run while the other team has to hit/touch each of the players in the opposing team with the ball. If the team that takes their shot at the stack manage to rebuild the stack before t


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