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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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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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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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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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Kam Moon / Grab-and-Spinner 

Tai Yuan in Oui Sorn Larn Group, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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