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Ba Kang Wo / Spinning Top

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

A traditional Lanna spinning top toy made of bamboo. When spun, it makes a “Wooooo” sound.

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Banh Kli / Marble Shooting

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The game tests a player’s marble shooting skills. Players have to shoot their marbles (known as kli) into holes (known as loo) and also successfully hit their opponent’s marbles if they are to win. Played for bets, children are often motivated by the chance to steal the best marbles from others’ collections or gain small monetary prizes. Also played by older generations, the game is still popular today in both urban and rural areas of Cambodia.

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Bei Daok Mouy / Three Minus One

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A lively game of "Catch". The aim of the game is for the ‘Chaser’ to catch a solo ‘Runner’ before they reach the safety of a pair of team mates. As the game’s name suggests; once the Runner has joined a pair and formed a group of three, one player must immediately switch roles and become the next Runner.

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Bola Beracun / Poison Ball

Urban Malay, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

A popular team game, in which players have to avoid being hit by a ‘poison’ ball that is thrown by their opponents.

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Cari Cucu / Search for Grandchild or Grandmother

Rural Malay communities, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

In the game, a blind ‘Grandmother’ has to catch a “Grandchild” and use all of their senses to correctly guess the identity of this mystery opponent.

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Chak Cheung Muoy / Jumping on One Leg

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A simple, yet entertaining game of ‘Catch’. In the game, players have to try to catch their opponents while hopping on only one leg.

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Chak Loklak / Finger Grabing

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A game of "Catch". In the game players have to avoid being caught by their opponent; if they escape having their fingers grabbed, they then have to successfully complete two more challenges to win the game.

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Chaij Nees / Horseback Riding

Ban Na Ouane, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A team of ‘Horses’ must carry a team of ‘Riders’ on their backs. While being carried, the Riders throw a small ball or cushion to each of their team mates until one of them misses and it falls to the ground. Once dropped, the Riders have to quickly dismount and run away from their Horses, who in turn try to hit them with the ball. If the Horses hit a Rider, they win the game.

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Chan-Angkarn / Monday-Tuesday

Akha group, Chiang Rai province, Northern Region of Thailand

The game requires players to complete a sequence of jumps over a long rope made of rubber bands, which is held by their opponents. Each jump in the sequence is more challenging than the next and only the most agile win. The name of the game means “Monday and Tuesday”, as in each round the children have to jump the rope 6 to 7 times and chant the days of the week as they do so.

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Chhma Denh [or] Chap Kandol / Cat Chasing the Mouse

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A much loved game of "Catch". Inspired by the cartoon ‘Tom & Jerry’, in the game the Cat must do all they can to capture the Mouse while they both weave in and out of a large circle of players.

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Chravak / Chain

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A game of speed and hand-eye coordination. In this game, players link together a number of small plastic rings to create short chains. As they play, participants have to throw one or more chains into the air and either catch them using only the back of their hands or before catching, pick up a specified number of chains with their free hand.

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Copter Mai Pai / Bamboo Helicopter

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

The toy gained its present day name from a popular Japanese cartoon character called Doraemon, “Copter Maipai” or “Bamboo Copter”.  Maipai is Thai for Bamboo and Copter is a short, nickname for Helicopter.

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Dandeum Sleuk Chheu / Stealing the Leaves

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A running game. In the game players have to try to beat their opponent by running into the game area, grabbing a small leafy twig and making it back to their team mates without first being caught.

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Dern Ka La / Coconut-shell Shoes

Bangkok, Thailand

The game utilizes a traditional toy that is made from a pair of coconut shells. The aim of the game is for players to compete to see who can move fastest while standing on the Dern Kala.

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Dod Nang Wong / Jumping with Rubber-band Rope

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn group, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai province, Thailand

The game requires players to complete a sequence of jumps over a long rope made of rubber bands, which is held by their opponents. Each jump in the sequence is more challenging than the last and only the most agile win.

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Dod Nang Yang / Jumping with Rubber-band Rope

Akha group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

The game requires players to complete a sequence of jumps over a long rope made of rubber bands, which is held by their opponents. Each jump in the sequence is more challenging than the next and only the most agile win.

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Dod Yang Rod / Jumping on Motorbike Tires

Akha group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

Children compete to see how long they can jump on a pile of old motorcycle tires, before they fall off.

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E-Keb / Throwing and Catching Rocks

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn Province, Thailand

Players have to throw a small stone into the air and before catching it, pick up a number of other rocks and handle them in a particular sequence of movements.

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E-Sok / Scooping Tamarind Seeds

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn Province, Thailand

Children have to test their skill at picking up tiny tamarind seeds with a paper cone. The player that can pick up the most seeds wins the game.

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Hamburger

Ethnic Chinese community, (Kheng Tean National-type Elementary School), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Children have to chant, “Hamburger” and make symbols with their hands, the same symbols that are used in a traditional game of Scissors, Cloth and Stone. Losers have to then place their hands on top of each other to form a ‘Hambuger’ stack. At the end of the game, the winner ‘butters the burger’ and slaps the stack!

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Heung / Stick Hitting

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In the game, players take turns to flick or hit a short stick called Koun Heung with a long stick called Me Heung. The more skilled the players are at hitting the stick, the more points they can win. A game of hand-eye coordination and team work, Heung is best played in an open space that is free from nearby buildings and bystanders that could be accidentally hit during play.

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Iceman / Ice water

Urban Indian, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

A simple game of "Catch". The aim of the game is to for the ‘Iceman’ to catch all the ‘Water’ players and freeze them to the spot! Once all ‘Water’ has been turned to ice, the Iceman wins the game.

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Ka Fug Khai / Crow Takes Care of Its Eggs

Bangkok, Thailand

The aim of the game is for players to try to outwit the crow and steal the guarded eggs without being caught.

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Kabbadi

Urban Malay and Indian community of inner-city George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kabaddi is a fast paced, high energy team game that involves lots of contact between players and is similar in some ways to the sport of rugby. In the game, players must score points by entering enemy territory and fending off opponents to make it back to their own territory safely.

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Kam Moon / Grab-and-Spinner 

Tai Yuan, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand 

The name of the toy means ‘Hold it’ (Kam) and ‘Spin it’ (Moon) and as it suggests is similar to a simple hand held helicopter or fan.

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Khleng Chab Koun Moan / Eagle Catches Baby Chickens

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A game of "Catch". The aim of the game is for the Eagle to try to outwit the Mother Hen and catch the Chicks that she is trying to protect.

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Kob Kaeb / Coconut-shell Shoes 

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiangmai Province, Thailand

The game utilizes Kob Kaeb, a traditional toy that is made from a pair of coconut shells. The aim of the game is for players to compete to see who can move fastest, while standing on the Kob Kaeb.

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Koom Kook Koom Kuee / Guessing Who Holds the Rock

Ban Nayang Tai, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A simple guessing game that requires only a small stone, Koom Kook Koom Kuee is played for fun by groups of girls, almost every week.

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Konda Kondi

Rural Malay communities, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

In the game, players take turns to flick or hit a short stick with a long stick. The more skilled the players are at hitting the stick, the more points they can win. A game of hand-eye coordination and team work, Konda Kondi is best played in an open space that is free from nearby buildings and bystanders that could be accidentally hit during play.

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Kradod Chuek / Jumping with Rope 

Akha group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiang Rai province, Thailand

The game requires players to complete skip over a rope as it is swung around in a circle by their opponents. If they can jump in time to the rhyme being sung by their opponents and at the end, catch the rope between their feet – they complete the challenge.

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Kratai Ka Kuab / Hopping Rabbit

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiangmai Province, Thailand

In the game, a team of „Rabbits‟ must one by one, enter into the game area, hopping on one leg and try to catch a “Wiggler”. If they succeed they must make it back to their team mates before their opponents can grab hold of their leg and pull it down to the floor. The first team to eliminate all the players wins the game.

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Kup Sey / Shuttlecock Throwing

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

In the game, players have to avoid being hit by a shuttlecock that is thrown by their opponents.

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Lala / Odd Hands Out 

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

A game to determine the order of play, pick a game starter or separate players into teams before starting an actual game. There are three variations of this game: Lala Ber-Nueng, Lala Khao Mu and Lala Mua Khrai Pleak Pra-lard. Which variation children choose to play depends on the type of game they want to play afterwards.

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Lao Hu Sian Sheng Ji Dian Zhong / What is the Time, Mr. Tiger?

Urban Chinese Community of Suburban George Town, Penang, Malaysia

A simple game of catch where one player plays the role of the ferocious ‘Mr. Tiger’ while the others are his ‘human’ prey.

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Len Saba / Tossing Saba Seeds

Mon community, Bangkok, Thailand

Saba is one of Thailand’s oldest traditional games and is played by both Thai and Mon ethnic communities. The aim of the game is for players to pick up the Saba seed and using their knees, legs or feet, flick or throw it at their opponent’s target. The game originally brought together local communities during New Year festivities and provided an opportunity for young men and women to interact with each other in a playful manner.

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Lian Hua Ji Shi Kai Hua / Lotus Flower, When Will You Bloom?

Rural Malay community, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

In the game, players have to hold hands and from a circle around the ‘Lotus Flower’. To ‘blossom’, the Lotus Flower must use all their strength to break apart the ring of hands and if they successfully complete this challenge, they win the game.

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Lin Maak Vue / Bottle Cap Spinner

Ban Nayang Tai, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

In the game, players compete to see who can construct the most effective spinning toy from a bottle cap and a piece of thread. The ‘spinning cap’ that spins the longest wins the game

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Look Keaw / Marble Shooting 

Akha group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

Look Kaew is a popular competitive game that tests a player‟s marble shooting skills. Players have to shoot and hit their opponent‟s marbles if they are to win.

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Lor Kon Krok / Rolling a Mortar Bottom

Mon community, Bangkok, Thailand

Lor Kon Krok is primary played by communities living within or near pottery producing villages. The aim of the game is for players to control a rolling mortar bottom with a coconut stalk.

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Lot Kaosou / Jumping with Rubber-band Rope

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The game requires players to complete a sequence of jumps over a long rope made of rubber bands, which is held by their opponents. Each jump in the sequence is more challenging than the next and only the most agile win.

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Lou Li Khaosan / Lou Li Rice Grain

Luang Prabang Children‟s Cultural Centre, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Lou Li Rice Grain is a simple game starting with the division of players into two teams. Once the teams have been divided, the game culminates in a lively „Tug of War‟ between the opponents.

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Ma Karn Kluay / Banana-stalk Horse

Bangkok, Thailand

A popular toy, made from a banana stalk, shaped like a horse.

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Ma Karn Kluay / Banana-stalk Horse

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn Province, Thailand

A  popular toy, shaped like a horse that is made from a banana stalk.

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Maak Keaw / Marble Shooting

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn Province, Thailand

A competitive game that tests a player’s marble shooting skills. Players have to shoot their marbles into a hole and also successfully hit their opponent’s marbles if they are to win.

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Makyang / Jumping on One Leg

Luang Prabang Children’s Cultural Centre, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A simple, yet entertaining game of ‘Catch’. In the game, players have to try to catch their opponents while hopping on only one leg.

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Maw Om Aw / Mortar Pot

Ban Nayang Tai, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A test of a player’s artistic skill, in this game, two participants compete against each other to mould a ‘mortar pot’ from wet earth. The player that can sculpt the most beautiful pot wins.

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Moon Yang Rod / Spinning Motorbike Tires 

Akha group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

Children compete to see how long they can spin an old motorcycle tire, with just one push.

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Mon Son Pa / Mon Hides a Cloth

Bangkok, Thailand

In the game, players have to guess if the cloth has been placed behind them. If it has, they have to quickly pick it up and chase their opponent, catching them before they make it back to their empty seat.

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Mulut Itik / Duck's Beak

Rural Malay community, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

Children construct a Mulut Itik - an intricately folded piece of paper that is shaped like a duck's beak and contains a series of numbers and colours written on each folded flap. Players must pick a colour and number, which at the end of the game reveals their ‘true’ personality type.

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Nang Tong / Jumping with Rubber-band Rope

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn province, Thailand 

The game requires players to complete a sequence of jumps over a long rope made of rubber bands, which is held by their opponents. Each jump in the sequence is more challenging than the last and only the most agile win.

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Ngoo Kin Hang / Tail-Eating Snake

Bangkok, Thailand

The aim of the game is for the Father Snake to try to outwit the Mother Snake and catch one of the Baby Snakes that she is trying to protect. A very old game, Tail Eating Snake is traditionally played during the Songkran festivals and other special cultural events.

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O-Chub / Hammer, Scissors and Paper 

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn Province, Thailand

A game to eliminate or select a player (or team of players) before starting an actual game. For example, if children want to play a game of “Tag” they would play O-Chub to pick which of them would be the „Catcher‟. They can do this in a group of two (or more) and if they like, play an adapted version (called either O-Chub Khek Khao or O-Chub Tee Khean), which is a game in itself. The game has exactly the same structure and rules as Rock, Paper and Scissors but in this game “Rock” is known as “Hammer”.

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Omega

Ethnic Chinese community, (Kheng Tean National-type Elementary School), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Children have to chant a series of words which are accompanied by a sequence of hand movements and actions. At the end of the chant, each player must produce a hand sign (similar to Rock, Paper and Scissors) to determine the winners. Winners then punish the losers by tickling them.

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O-Siw / Jumping with Rubber-band Rope

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn province, Thailand

The game requires players to skip over a rope as it is swung around in a big circle by their opponents. If they can jump in time to the rhyme being sung by their opponents and at the end, catch the rope between their feet – they complete the challenge.

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Ou / Humming 

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A fast paced team game. In the game, players have to enter their opponent’s territory, catch another player and make it back to their own territory safely, while continuously humming, “Ooooooooooou”. The “Ou” sound that the players make while they are ‘attacking’ their opponents is from where the game finds its name.

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O-Wa Noi Ook / Odd Hands Out 

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn province, Thailand 

A game to eliminate or select a player (or team of players) before starting an actual game. For example, if children want to play a game of “Tag” they would play O-Wa Noi Ook to pick which of them would be the “Catcher”.There are four variations of this game: O-Wa Noi Ook, O-Wa Chab Khuu, O-Wa Mua Krai Plaek Pra-Lard and O-Wa Kuen Korn. The games all involve the children reciting a rhyme and turning their palms up or down. Which variation children choose to play depends on the type of game they want to play afterwards.

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Pao Nang Yang Tong / Blowing Rubber Bands

Tai Yai group, Mae Hong Sorn Province, Thailand 

As it only requires couple of rubber bands, two players and the simple skill of blowing, it has become a popular way to pass the time both at school and at home. Tai-Yai children have two versions of this game that they play in pairs or small groups.

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Pao Nang Yang / Blowing Rubber Bands 

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

As it only requires couple of rubber bands, two players and the simple skill of blowing, it has become a popular way to pass the time both at school and at home.

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Pao Nang Yang / Blowing Rubber Bands

Ahka group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiangrai Province, Thailand

As it only requires couple of rubber bands, two players and the simple skill of blowing, it has become a popular way to pass the time both at school and at home.

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Pao Ying Chub (Hammer, Paper and Scissors) 

Ahka group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiangrai Province, Thailand 

A game to eliminate or select a player (or team of players) before starting an actual game. For example, if children want to play a game of “Tag” they would play Pao Ying Chub to pick which of them would be the „Catcher‟. The game has exactly the same structure and rules as Rock, Paper and Scissors but in this game “Rock” is known as “Hammer”.

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Pepsi Cola

Rural Malay Community of Titi Teras Village, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

The game tests the player’s footwork skills as they try to eliminate their opponents by swiping or stamping on their feet.

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Peun Karnkhuay / Banana-stalk Gun

Bangkok, Thailand

A simple toy, shaped like a gun that is made from a banana stalk! The toy is popular with young children all over Thailand and once made, it can be played with alone or better still with a group of friends.

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Phka Champa Phka Champei / Champa Champei

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A guessing game. In the game, blindfolded players have to use all of their senses to guess the identity of a mystery opponent. To keep the real identity of the players a secret, each of them is given a code name, usually that of a native flower such as Champa (Frangipani) or Champei (Magnolia).

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Pin Maw Khang / Spin the Pan

Ban Nayang Tai, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A game of strength and balance, players take to turns to be spun, suspended in a circle by the other players. The challenge is for players to try to rotate their team mates all the way round and return them to their original starting point before the circle breaks. If they fail, they have to pick up the other players and carry them the rest of the way back.

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Polis Chab Chaor / Cops and Robbers

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

An action packed game of ‘Catch’ enjoyed by boys. To win the game, a team of ‘Policemen’ have to track down and capture a gang of crafty ‘Thieves’.

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Pongrot Koun Kramom / Stealing the Bride

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A popular running game. In the game a ‘Couple’ have to walk around a circle of players and select another Couple to compete with, by hitting their hands. Once selected, both Couples race each other round the game area. The aim is for one Couple to try to ‘break’ up their opponents by making them lose their grip on each other’s hands. The first Couple to make it back to the starting place while still together wins the game.

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Pov Pa / Picking Up Sticks

Ban Na Ouane, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Players have to throw a small stone into the air and before catching it, pick up sticks and handle them in a particular sequence of movements.

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Punctuation

Ethnic Chinese community, Kheng Tean National-type Elementary (Vernacular Chinese) School, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Children chant a series of words which are accompanied by a sequence of hand movements and actions. At the end of the chant, each player must produce a hand sign (similar to Rock, Paper and Scissors) to determine the winners. The winner then ‘punishes’ the loser by pretending to slap them. 

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Ree Ree Khao Sarn / To be Trapped Between the Arches

Bangkok, Thailand

The aim of the game is for players to pass under an archway that is formed by their opponent’s arms without being trapped.

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Rod Yang / Hitting Motorbike Tires

Ahka group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiangrai Province, Thailand

In the game, children compete with each other to see how far and how fast they can roll a disused motorcycle tire.

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Seua Lai Mou / The Tiger Must Catch the Pig

Luang Prabang Children‟s Cultural Centre, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A much loved game of "Catch‟. In it, the Pig must make it back to the safety of their „pen‟ without first being caught by the Tiger.

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Seuangmohn / Hide the Eraser

Luang Prabang Children‟s Cultural Centre, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A game of bluffing and chase. In the game, players have to guess if the eraser has been placed behind them. If it has, they have to quickly pick it up and start chasing their opponent. They have one shot with which to throw the eraser and hit their target, if they succeed, they win the game; if not, they become "Fermented Fish‟.

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She Ye Zi / Leaf Shooting

Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia 

A favourite game for boys. Players have to shoot arrows made from palm leaves at an enemy team. Three direct hits eliminates an opponent from the game; the first team to eliminate all of their opponents, wins!

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Sva Dandeum Ti / Monkey Steals the Seat

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

A running game. In it, players have to keep swapping places with their team mates who stand at different corners of the game area. The players have to run as quickly as possible to make it to their new position, before the Monkey, who stands in the middle, steals their ‘seat’.

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Tao Kala / Coconut-shell Turtle 

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiangmai Province, Thailand

A traditional Lanna toy. Constructed by hand from natural materials, these simple wind up turtles provide hours of entertainment for children playing alone, or better still when raced with a group of friends.

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Tarik Upeh / Pulling the Palm Fronds

Rural Malay community, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

The aim of the game is for a player to drag their partner who is sitting on a palm frond, across the game area in the fastest time. The first team to cross the finish line, wins the game!

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Teen Mai / Jumping the Bamboo

Ban Nayang Tai, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

In the game a team of players hit together bamboo poles in special sequence of movements, to create a musical beat. The beat accompanies a tune played by musicians, throughout the game. As the beats are played, their opponents have to try to skip over each of the bamboo poles. The player that can make it across all of the poles and back again without tripping over or colliding with them - wins.

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Tinh Ovleuk / Buying Watermelons 

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Involving lots of lighthearted acting, Tinh Ovleuk tests the strength of all that play it. The aim is for a team of ‘Watermelons’ to resist being plucked from the ground by a relentless team of ‘Buyers’. During the game the Buyers will pull each of the Watermelons with all their might, and when they have plucked one away they will ‘eat’ their juicy prize before moving onto the next.

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Toey / Passing the Zones

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiangmai Province, Thailand

It is a fast paced, team game. In the game, players have to cross a series of lines guarded by their opponents and return safely back to their original starting point without being caught.

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Toh-Chub / Hammer, Scissors and Paper 

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiangmai Province, Thailand 

A game to eliminate or select a player (or team of players) before starting an actual game. For example, if children want to play a game of “Catch” they would play Toh-Chub to pick which of them would be the “Chaser”. The game has exactly the same structure and rules as Rock, Paper and Scissors but in this game “Rock” is known as “Hammer”.

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Toh-Tum / Odd Hands Out

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

an elimination game that is used by Tai Yuan children from the Chiang Mai Province of Thailand to select a player to start an actual game. For example, if children want to play a game of „Marbles‟ they would play Toh-Tum to pick which of them would shoot first.

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Tress / Pick up Sticks

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

To win the game you need to be able to throw a stone up in the air, pick up sticks and pass them between your hands before catching the stone as it comes back down. This game will test how quickly you can move your hands and how well you can catch!

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Tu / Tag

Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

A fast paced team game in which players have to enter their opponent’s territory, catch another player and make it back to their own territory safely, while continuously making a “Tu” noise. The “Tu” sound that the players make while they are ‘attacking’ their opponents is from where the game finds its name.

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Tudung Tin / Bottle Caps

Rural Malay communities, Titi Teras, Balik Pulau, Penang

The game tests a player’s bottle cap shooting skills. In it, players have to shoot a number of bottle caps and also successfully throw them up and catch them again to win points. The player to reach the target number of points first, wins the game.

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Tuju Tin / Aiming at Tins

Urban Malay, George Town, Penang, Malaysia 

In the game, players take turns to try to hit a target of stacked tins with a ball. If they manage to demolish more than four tins, then the team must race over and rebuild the target before being hit by their opponents with the ball. If they complete their task, they win the round.

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Ua Bav Loog / Passing the Zones

Ban Na Ouane, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A popular team game. The aim of the game is for players to try to run across a series of lines that are guarded by their opponents, without being caught. If they successfully make it back to their home ground they shout “Ua Bav Loog”.

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Yon Yang Rod / Throwing Motorbike Tires 

Akha group, Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

Children compete with each other to see how far they can throw a disused motorcycle tire.

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Zai Qe / Hide the Egg

Ban Na Ouane, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

A simple guessing game that requires only a small stone, Hide the Egg is frequently played by groups of Hmong children for fun. In the game a player has to correctly guess which of the other players is hiding the ‘egg’. Depending on whether their guess is right or wrong, the players will join one of two teams. The game eventually culminates in a boisterous ‘Tug of War’ between the opponents.

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Zero Point

Urban Indian, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

The game requires players to complete a sequence of jumps over a long rope made of rubber bands, which is held by their opponents. Each jump in the sequence is more challenging than the last and only the most agile win.

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