Let – s play

Hello my dears,

do you remember what you loved to play with as children? For me it was admittedly a few days ago, but I still see myself standing in front of my inner eye in the schoolyard in the neighboring town. With a rubber band around the legs that gradually moved from the ankles, to the calves, up to the knees, even to the hips. Hach, what a wonderful time it was when my girlfriends and I felt rubber bumps in every break – in other regions of Germany perhaps more commonly known as rubber twist. A simple game that was a lot of fun despite the modest game material and challenged us as children to the most acrobatic jumps! But no matter whether with rubber bands, small marbles, building blocks or game pieces of all kinds – everywhere in the world, the ability to play often and with curiosity is essential for children’s development. Just like sleeping, eating and drinking, playing is sooo healthy! Therefore we ask again curiously at this point …

Have you played with your little ones today??

If not, the event could not be more appropriate, because today is the 20th anniversary of an action day in the calendar that shortly before the international Children’s Day in early June reminds of the importance of regular play in childhood: The international world game day, which was first introduced in 1999. With good reason, because playing is not just a pastime out of boredom, no, it is one of the basic needs of every child – regardless of culture and origin and is even anchored in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Playing not only trains the brain and important skills such as imagination and fine motor skills, children also gain basic experience while playing. They experience pride and learn to deal with feelings like disappointment, joy and anger, as I often experience in my everyday practice as a speech therapist! Even if the little ones sometimes lose in the game and may be briefly frustrated, you can certainly say …

Playing makes children happy – all over the world!

Gaming is as old as mankind and is common on all continents. Whether in distant Australia, Asia, Africa or America – all over the world children play games that are partly cultural assets and are handed down from generation to generation. Playing with each other also connects children who do not speak the same language as Kai Haferkamp, one of the great game designers in Germany, was able to watch during a visit to a kindergarten with many multilingual children. A special key experience showed him there that Playing is a language that everyone in the world understands. And so, in cooperation with the Haferkamp Ravensburger games publisher developed an exciting game idea that 24Kinderspiele from all over the world combined in a game box. And it is precisely this collection of games that we can present to you today for the International World Game Day! Have a look:

THE games collection for little world explorers

children’s games of all world is not a classic board game, which the large, colorful cardboard box Aimee holds up at the camera might suggest. On the contrary, if you look into the box, you first discover many colorful cards and small parts that are needed for the colorful mix of modern and traditional games in this unique collection.

To which of the many small parts you have to reach in the 24 different games, you can find out the appropriate playing card, the one with typical motifs on the front (see above) and on the back (see below) with the appropriate continent, the flag of the country, the required game material and an explanatory illustration of the game are printed.

Here you can see a few game ideas from Spain, Argentina and Panama

Discover foreign countries and cultures

The goal of the overall game is to fly a small plane over the world map in the bottom of the box, play short games from different countries and collect points. The current drawing of the playing card reveals where the journey is headed, which for example shows a channel on which a container ship travels and shows banana trees! Which country could that be? Ah, a look at the back reveals: Panama! And what do you play there? The game is called "Put on the chair" and, in addition to dexterity, it also requires some speed from the little players. From Panama you can then go to Turkey to mumble, sniff a block to Tanzania or go on a treasure hunt to Australia. With the variety of games, it seems at least in Children’s games from all over the world to give no limits!

So that you can get a little insight into the many different game ideas, we have selected one game from each continent for example, which we would like to show you in short form. Europe starts with Italy!

ITALY: In the mini-game Hit the top the little players throw two colored blocks of one color onto the corresponding playing field and try to get to the top. Whoever won the most after round two won Points could achieve.

CANADA: All players sit on the floor and form a circle. Now it says: Get ready, go, go. The active player has time to circle the circle as long as the colored top in the mini-game Kaipsak rotates. If he does, he wins the round. Alternatively, the number of rounds the player can complete during the spin can be counted.

ARGENTINA: In South America, the children play the game Target marbles preferably with an old shoe box. Instead, the game has a pretty marble gate through which players have to aim marbles. Whoever has the highest score after three attempts wins the round.

SUDAN: In the mini-game Run to the fountain The little players are supposed to prevent the hyena (green block) from appearing in front of the water carrier (yellow block) in the village. If the woman makes it to the fountain in front of the hyena, all players win, otherwise everyone has lost together.

CHINA: Don’t take the last block! That is the goal in the Asian mini-game Nim, that clearly stimulates thought. During the turn, the player team may take as many blocks as they want, but only from one square. If you catch the last one, you are unfortunately part of the losing team in the round.

finally AUSTRALIA: Inspired by the aborigines of Australia, the players in Throw the Boomerang have to try to hit the colorful stick from three steps away. You can do that?

How do we like this colorful game collection?

As you may have noticed, all of the games are in Children’s games from all over the world together that they are easy to understand and, above all, quick to implement. They can be played as long as you enjoy it or until a winner in the current game is selected against each other. For me as a speech therapist, who sometimes has to do with multilingual children, this is a nice collection of short games for which you can sometimes find time in between or don’t need perfect German language skills. I’m already looking forward to trying this collection in my day-to-day practice and I’m curious to see which of the many mini-games my children will enjoy the most.

By the way, Germany is represented in the game collection with can throwing

Before we conclude for today, we want that Game author Kai Haferkamp let him tell you briefly how his new idea came about. For this we have used some questions that were made available to us in an interview from January.

Mr. Haferkamp, ​​how did your latest games come about />

“It was a happy meeting of two ideas and key moments. For me it was a touching encounter in a kindergarten. I came to a group to test a new game idea, in which the leader signaled to me in advance that it would be difficult to play together. Some children in the group hardly spoke German and were very shy. So I tried to break the ice with a little boy who stood aside by trying a simple hand-patting game with him: two players should put the fingertips of their closed hands together and try to clap each other. ”

What happened then? Did it work?

“The touching moment was literally that after the game the little boy took my hand in his and meant that with the other hand we needed more players. No sooner said than done, and so we formed a circle from several children and the little boy showed us what we had to do: it was a matter of clapping the neighbors with one hand, while in turn one had to try to pull the hand away quickly enough : a simple, small and so "big" game. Because in this game the fear of contact disappeared in an instant and all the children laughed and had fun together is literally obvious. The little boy, however, beamed and was proud to have taught us a game that, according to my research, actually came from his homeland. It was then that I realized that gaming is a language that is understood worldwide. And that a game can bring people together and enables touches to build on together. Just like it happened within the game group. ”

What criteria did you use to select the games??

“The games should offer a quick start with simple rules so that the children could try as many individual games as possible in one game. We have developed a mechanism for a higher-level game in which the children go on a trip around the world. You should discover other countries, continents and cultures – as a basis for sharing and experiencing. Of course, it was also a challenge to put all the different game materials in one box. And: It’s a point of honor that the hand-off game we just mentioned was our number 1, with which we started the collection. ”

And if a child cannot find a game from his home?

“On the one hand, it was interesting to see how much games from completely different regions of the world are similar. There is a lot of overlap. And since, on the other hand, the largest game collection can never represent any place in the world, we have deliberately included a blank card. It is intended to encourage children to include their own game in the collection – as a start to talk to each other, laugh and win together. Because you don’t play to win, you win by playing: friends, human closeness, time together and joy. So playing is a language that connects everyone. ”

The complete interview with game designer Kai Haferkamp can be found on the Ravensburger website read up.

And with that we are back at the end of today’s post. We would like to thank the press office of Ravensburger Spielverlag very much for letting you see the game collection Children’s games from all over the world were allowed to present today’s World Game Day. The game was made available to us free of charge and unconditionally. As always, our opinion was not affected.

We wish all children a great World Game Day 2019

You already knew today’s World Game Day?

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