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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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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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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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