How is the Abula game played in the house

Can you still remember the children's games from the past? When very simple objects became the best toys of all time? For the “thread play” you didn't need more than a long thread knotted together. A piece of rubber band from grandma's sewing box and hours of rubber twist jumping was taken care of. We spent whole afternoons outside jumping around the world with hummel and hop snail. “Sink ships”, “I see what you can't see”, “Slicing flour”, “Teapot”, “Packing suitcases”, “City - country - river” - these were popular children's games in the rain. Do you remember everything that used to be so much fun? We have put together the most beautiful games from the old days for you. Because, in our opinion, these old games are a real cultural asset.


Clickers or marbles

What is needed?

The good old glass marbles are best (attention, not suitable for grandchildren under 4 years of age, risk of swallowing). You also need a flat (ground) surface

How to play:

Marbles are played outdoors on firm ground. Press in a hole the size of a fist there with the heel of your shoe and tread on the loose ground around it.

Simple one-hole variant

Players take about 4 to 8 paces from the hole and stand up. Now it has to be determined, e.g. with a counting rhyme, who starts. Everyone throws 3 or more marbles - also called clickers - in the direction of the play hole. The game continues depending on the distance of the individual clickers from the hole. The player whose clickers are closest to the hole starts. He pushes the balls lying on the ground into the hole with his fingers. If he misses, the next one is on the line. Whoever pits all of his balls first is the winner and receives either all marbles or a previously negotiated bet. The losers can now challenge the winner again to get the lost marbles back.

Many other well-known game variants can be found here

Play hide and seek

Well known and still a hit with children. The game is basically still known to everyone, but is only rarely played.

What is needed?

At least 2 players, the more the funnier

How to play:

One counts, the others hide. Whoever is found last has won. Goes inside and outside.

Robbers and gendarmes

What is needed?

As many players as possible. A varied terrain made up of open spaces and many nooks and crannies and hiding spots.

How to play:

Two groups with any number of players, gendarmes and robbers, are formed. At least 2 players should be assigned to the gendarmes. Everyone has to adhere to the agreed boundaries of the play area / playing field, otherwise the game will be too extensive. The robbers get a head start in time to spread out in all directions and to hide. Then the gendarmes have to look for them and catch them by cutting them off. A captured robber is brought to the previously defined prison. Here the robber can be freed again by simply knocking off another free robber.

Thread play

What is needed?

All you need is a long wool thread knotted together.

How to play:

It's best to just look at the video to see how it works.

Hula hoop

What is needed?

A hula hoop.

How to play hula hoop:

You don't have to say so much about that now ...

How to play tire beating:

Set up the tire, push it and then propel it with a stick or wooden spoon on top of the tire. You can also just use the palm of your hand to drive.

It flies, it flies

What is needed?

Teammates, preferably at least 3

How to play:

All players sit at one table. A game master is appointed. This begins by calling. "It flies, it flies ... the bird!"
The other players drum lightly with their fingertips on the table top or edge while he is saying this. If the named animal / object actually flies, all players raise their outstretched arms in the air. However, if the said animal / object cannot fly, the fingers remain down. A fun game even for the youngest grandchildren, where you have to think and react very quickly.

A hat, a stick, an umbrella ...

What is needed?

This rhyme enhances every "boring" Sunday stroll for the grandchildren enormously.

How to play:

"One two three four five six seven.
A hat, a stick, an umbrella.
Forward, backward, sideways, ran.
Hoe, point, up your leg ”.

Everyone takes seven steps forward, on the next verse everyone takes one step on each syllable. Finally, the right foot is first tapped forwards, then directly to the side and finally backwards. Then tap your foot first on the heel, then on the tip and finally lift your leg. And do it all over again, and again….

Fisherman, fisherman, how deep is the water?

What is needed?

At least 3 players, the more the better.

How to play:

A child is chosen to be a fisherman. The other players are exactly opposite each other at a distance of about 10-15 meters. It is best to limit the playing field at the sides. Now the children call out to the fisherman: "Fisherman, fisherman, how deep is the water today?"

The fisherman replies whatever occurs to him. For example: not that deep, very deep, medium-deep, ocean-deep or just a little deep. The players now ask and shout: “How should we get over it?” Now the fisherman answers with many different answer options: “Hop, jump, on all fours, hop, crawl, sideways, backwards, roll. Now the fisherman and the children are equally asked to move to the other side in the manner mentioned. Whoever is knocked off by the fisherman has to help him catch. Whoever is left wins and becomes the new one.

Rubber twist

What is needed?

An elastic band about three meters long, such as a pull-through elastic for items of clothing (pants elastic).

How to play:

The rubber is stretched and stretched around the feet of two participants. These face each other, facing each other. One player hops forward in a sequence, the other players then have to jump after it without errors.

The following are considered errors:

  • touch a rubber if this is not permitted
  • Land your feet on a false rubber
  • get caught or tangled on a rubber band
  • skip a jump
  • do not adhere to the predefined sequence of jumps

There are numerous jumps and rhymes on the Internet, e.g. here

Jump rope - a classic for outdoors

What is needed?

At least 3 players + a long rope

How to play:

A long rope is swung by two people. The grandchild stands in the middle and jumps. When grandparents and grandchildren are already advanced in jumping rope, spring rhymes can be recited:

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around, (Springer turns around)
Teddy bear Teddy bear, crouch, (Springer leans forward)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, build a house, (Springer folded his hands over his head)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, you're out! (Jumper runs out of the rope)
Henriette, golden chain, golden shoe, how old are you?

One - two - three - four - five ... etc.

Here you either jump until a mistake has been made, or it is counted according to the age of the person jumping.

Chicken Feather Competition

What is needed?

All you need is a small spring. A chicken feather is very suitable.

How to play:

While seated, the players form a tight circle on the floor. Grandma or Grandpa starts the game and lets the feather float in the air - above the players' heads. Now you have to blow hard so that the feather continues to float and does not hit the ground again. Nobody is allowed to get up! Everyone must try to keep the feather in the air as long as possible.

In line with this topic:

Old board games: Already played by grandparents. We found board games that are still popular today: read on here

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