With the rise of video games, smartphones and new technologies, current generations have lost the habit of playing traditional games, both with each other and with their parents. However, while the new forms of entertainment have some advantages, they often have fewer benefits than the diversions enjoyed by children in decades past.

Traditional games are a great way to foster social relationships, improve ingenuity and intellect, stay active, and generally grow and develop properly. For this reason, in this article we bring you a list of some of these forms of entertainment, so that you can teach them to your children and enjoy them with them.

We continue to develop these types of games in our summer camps and children’s entertainment ; The objective is to promote interaction between all the kids with activities different from those they are used to on a daily basis.

What kind of games will you find in this article? Most of them have very simple rules, which can be easily learned by children. Some of them require to be played outdoors while others are done at home. Finally, most of them are designed for two or more players, but some can be enjoyed alone.

The idea is that you find one or several games that catch your child’s attention, and that help you “hook” on this form of entertainment that is so healthy and beneficial.

1- The handkerchief
One of the best-known traditional team games is handkerchief. In it, two groups with the same number of children face each other, assigning each of them a number. Each player is paired with the player from the opposing team who has the same number as him.

Teams stand at opposite ends of a field, with an extra “judge” or player in the middle. He will hold a handkerchief, and in each round he will have to call out one of the numbers. The players of each team who have been assigned that number must run to the judge and try to get the handkerchief. The first to capture him will have to run to where his team is, while the other tries to catch him before he does.

If the player with the handkerchief manages to leave it on his base before the other touches him, his team wins a point; otherwise, the rival team scores the point. The game ends when all the numbers have been named, and the winning group is the one with the most points.

2- Sack race
This game is played in a group, but each child competes individually. It has to be done on a smooth track without obstacles, preferably on soft ground since most of the time there are some falls.

The children have to put their feet inside a sack, which they hold with their hands; and jumping, they will have to compete to reach the finish line first. They must be kept inside the bag at all times, so moving at high speed can be very difficult and cause players to laugh.

It is a very beneficial game for health, since it forces the participants to exercise in an easy and fun way. In addition, it can improve children’s coordination and movement ability.

3- The chairs
This game is one of the best to play at birthday parties or similar events where there are many participants. The mechanics are very simple: as many chairs as there are children playing except one are placed in a circle, putting all the backs inwards.

The participants stand around the chairs, while an external person puts music on a player. While the music is playing, the children must go around the circle; but as soon as it stops, they have to sit down as fast as possible. Whoever is left without a seat is eliminated.

At the end of each round, a chair is removed so that the number of these is always less than the number of participants. The winner of the game is the one who manages to win the last round.

4- dodgeball
This game is one of the stars of most physical education classes, but it can be played in other contexts. The mechanics is as follows: the children are divided into two teams, and each of them is placed in the middle of a previously defined field. Each of the groups chooses one of its players (called a “delegate”), who will stand behind the opposing team.

Using a single ball, the participants have to manage to capture it and hit one of the players of the opposing team with it. When a child is hit, he will also go behind the opposing team where his delegate is. Participants who are in this area can also try to capture the ball and take out enemy players.

The object of the game is to eliminate the entire opposing team in this way. Matches tend to be very intense, and are a great way to get kids exercising in a fun way.