In Peru , as in much of South America, traditional children's games are, mostly, of Spanish origin. Many pastimes for children bear a strong resemblance to Spanish children's games, differing, in some cases, by name. From Guiainfantil.com we wanted to share with Peruvian readers a series of five cla
In Peru, as in much of South America, traditional children's games are, mostly, of Spanish origin. Many pastimes for children bear a strong resemblance to Spanish children's games, differing, in some cases, by name.
From Guiainfantil.com we wanted to share with Peruvian readers a series of five classic games for children most popular in Peru, so that our children can also learn and enjoy them.
The most popular children's games in Peru
- Marbles. The game of 'Marbles' maintains the same name in Peru as in other Spanish-speaking countries. This hobby is played in all parts of the world because it is very simple and you only need small balls made of glass or metal. Nowadays you can still see some children playing in the parks, but little by little one of the most traditional children's games is being lost.
- The top. This pastime could be classified within the skill games. Some will recognize it better as 'La peonza' that wooden figure in the shape of a pear and metallic tip that is thrown with a rope to make it roll on the ground. To dance the top you have to surround it with a string and throw it energetically so that the string unrolls completely in the air by spinning the top.
- The game of the leagues. 'The game of the leagues' or 'Game of the gums' is very popular among girls. The person who plays has to jump between the two ropes that hold two other people at the ends. The gums begin at the ankles and little by little the difficulty increases, going up from the ankles, to the knees, waist, etc. When they reach the waist, they do not jump anymore but they have to raise their legs like those who march in a parade, and when they reach the arms they jump with their hands up.
- The thread set. This game has a great popularity in all parts of the world. It simply consists of forming figures with a thread cor or string with the help of the fingers of both hands. Although it can be played individually, the tradition is that they play between two people, this way it is much more fun, you can get more variety of forms. -
The statues . The origin of this game in very old, there are even other varieties such as El 'Elhiding English' or 'El aguanta'. The game consists of moving while one of the children is facing away from the rest. When the person who binds decides to turn around, the rest of the participants should stand still as statues
. They must remain motionless and not react to stimuli to avoid losing. If they laugh, they move, they lose foot or repeat the postures, they lose and until there is only one that will be the winner.