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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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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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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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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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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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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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