Teach Kids Diversity: Game 1 (Pakistan)

We live in a very diverse world, and even though we have come a long way in the tolerance department, we still have a ways to go. That’s why the month of July is all about tolerance and diversity. For the rest of this month, We will be playing games, eating snacks and doing crafts that teach kids all about the benefits of having friends from other cultures and backgrounds. Come along on our journey to learning about other cultures and how interesting and diverse this world really is!

Let’s start this week off with a game from Pakistan. It can be played with several, or a few kids at a park or even in the backyard.
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Ounch Neech

Country: Pakistan

Players: 3 or more

Materials: A large open field with lots of places to stand, like trees, benches etc.

How To Play

One child is “it.” It must yell out one of two words, “ounch,” which means up, or “neech,” which means down. If It yells “ounch,” the ground is like fire and all the other players must find something to stand on before they get tagged. If It yells “neech” everything except the ground is like fire, and all the players must stay on  the ground or risk getting caught.

Extra Resources

Check out this article by Parents.com for more great ethnically diverse games to play.

~QOTP~

Try out some of these games, and send me a pic through Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #teachingkidsdiversity. Got any ethnically diverse games you like to play with your family? Email them to me, and I just might post them on my website!

More About Teaching Kids Diversity:

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/parenting/school-age/10-ways-to-teach-kids-about-diversity

https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/index.php/parents/news/newsletters/916

http://momsmagazine.com/2015/07/09/5-books-that-teach-diversity-to-read-this-summer/

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5 Fun Tag Variations For All Ages

Everyone has played tag. Kids love it, and it’s a great way to help them let off some steam. Tag is an especially great game to play if you have a lot of rowdy kids. But the “regular version of tag can get boring very quickly. Sometimes it is fun to shake it up a little bit. Here are some of my favorite tag variations to have kids I care for play.

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Snake- In this version of tag, all the kids hold hands to become the “snake.” The one at the front of the line is the “head” and the one at the back of the line is the “tail.” The object of the game is for the head to tag the tail while the other kids in the middle try to keep the head from succeeding. When the head tags the tail, the head becomes the new tail and the next one in line becomes the new head. Have the kids play this until all the kids get to be the head and the tail. Or, if you have a lot of kids, until they seem to be getting tired of playing.

Hook, Line, Sinker- The game starts out with just one “hook.” The hook tries to tag the rest of the kids. When hook tags someone, that person holds hands with the hook and becomes a part of the “line.” Now the line and the hook can try to tag other kids. The kids may not break the line. When all the kids are a part of the line the  game is over. It’s a “sinker.”

muddy-kids

Pop culture- In this game of tag, “it” chases kids just like in normal tag. When a child is about to get tagged, have them sit quickly, and yell out the name of a television character, actor, singer, etc. If they are able to say the name before they are tagged, they save themselves from becoming the new “it.”

This variation of tag is a great game to play as an icebreaker, because most of the characters and people the kids say will help the other kids find out about things they have in common.

Zombie Take Over- The game starts out with only one “infected zombie.” The zombie has to stagger around to tag kids, thus “infecting” them. When he infects another person, that child also becomes a zombie. The game is over when all the kids are zombies.

This is a great game to play when it is close to Halloween, or with kids who love to be dramatic and pretend.

Operation- I remember playing this game a lot when I was a child. It was so much fun.

To start this game, “it” must try to tag other kids. When it tags someone, that child must put their hand on the place they were tagged, this is their “injury,” and continue to avoid being tagged. Once both hands are holding an injury, the child must freeze and wait for two other kids to “operate.” Two kids who are not it must run up, touch the child at the same time while counting to five. This game can be played as long as the kids want, but please remember to change “it” often.

Activity is very important for kids, and it does not have to be boring. By adding variety to their game play, you will show them that exercise can be fun, and will encourage them to make up their own games to play.