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Some games that are played in China


Chopsticks, various objects
10 sticks for each team to make a ladder


Chopstick relay

The girls line in two lines along the floor each holding chopsticks. The first
girl picks up an item (small or large depending on the dexterity/age of the
group) and they pass along to the end, racing the other team. The first team
to place the object in a bowl/box wins.

Catch the Dragon’s Tail (trad. Chinese game)

The children all form a line with their hands on the shoulders of the child in
front. The first in line is the dragon's head, the last in line is the dragon's
The dragon's head then tries to catch the tail by manoeuvring the line
around so that he can tag the last player. All the players in the middle do
their best to hinder the dragon's head. Don't let the line break!
When the head catches the tail, the tail player takes the front position and
becomes the new dragon's head. All the other players move back one

Hopping Chicken (trad. Chinese game)

Each player or team (of two) has 10 sticks, each about 12 inches long. They
are laid on the ground like a ladder, about 10 inches apart, one ladder for
each player or team.
One player from each team starts, hopping over the sticks without touching
any of them. If a stick is touched, the player is disqualified. When the
player has hopped over all the sticks he stops, still on one foot, and bends
down to pick up the last stick. He then hops back over the remaining sticks.
Reaching the beginning again, he drops the stick and sets off again to hop
over the nine remaining sticks, pick up the last one, and return. Play
continues until all of the sticks have been picked up. Remember, a player is
disqualified if he puts both feet on the ground at any point during his turn,
or if he touches a stick with his foot.
Team game:
The winner is the team which has got the furthest along when all players are
disqualified! If both teams finish, the winning team is the one which finishes
with most players left.

Forcing the City Gates (trad. Chinese game)
Appoint captains, choose sides, and form into two lines facing each other.
Everyone in each line, take hold of each other's hands tightly and sing:

He stuck a feather in his hat,
And hurried to the town
And children met him with a horse
For the gates were broken down.

One player from the other side runs with all his force throwing himself upon
the hands of the children who had sung. The object of the game to being
able to "break through," If successful, the two players whose hands were
parted come to his/her side. The other side then sings. One from this group
will try to break through the line, and thus alternate until one side or the
other is broken up.


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