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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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