5 Missing Indian Childhood Games

LOOK AROUND. This is an internet era and we all are very much used to it, is it good or bad ? Yes, I too say good and we feel we are going towards our advance nation. I too find everything good in it. But I do have many questions. Is my child will be capable of thinking social values. I am   boosting him with modernization so somewhere I find that he would have lack of moral senses and would feel good only with the mobile and not with family, friends, neighbors or relatives. He would not like any social functions and always find corner to play with mobile. Yes, mobile games are making children’s far from their family, friends, relatives. They forget to enjoy with people and want to live alone with mobile.

But give them knowledge of the past games. Though mobile games and computer games have taken the position of street games, the child should at least learn the names of the past games.

Here are some of the childhood games which were played on roads and this generation children’s are totally unaware of all this.

  • Gilli Danda
  • Marbles
  • Stapoo/Hopscotch
  • Chainchain
  • Chhupam Chhupai or Hide-n-Seek
  • Kho-kho
  • Name place animal thing
  • Monopoly
  • Musical chair
  • Skipping rope
  • Tug of war
  • Lattoo( spinning top)
  • Satoliya/Lagori or Pithu

Gilli Danda

It is one of the Indian traditional game played with a stick. Previously Gilli Danda was the Amateur sports played in rural parts of India.This game origins from the time of Maurya Dynasty. It is believed to be the origin of western games such as cricket, baseball and softball. In this two sticks were used. One with 3 to 6 inches long with one inch diameter at the centre. This one is said to be Gilli and the other stick with 2 to 3 feet long stick with one inch diameter known as Danda.

This game replaces the cricket ball by gilli. The objective of the game is to use the danda to strike the gilli and flew it in the ground. This was very popular game and often played all over India which is totally hidden at the present stage.

Played by : two teams, any number of players

Satoliya/Lagori or Pithu

A very popular game among kids in India at one time. It involves a ball and a pile of flat stones (which are stacked on top of each other). One member of a team throws the ball at the stack to knock the stones over. The team then tries to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team ( known as the hitters) throws the ball at them. If the ball touches a person, he is out and his team continues without him.

Played by: two teams, any number of members.


This is still a popular game among kids in rural areas. The game is played with round glass marbles and the motive is to collect as many marbles as possible by shooting and striking other marbles with the ones you have.

Played by: any number of people.

Hopscotch or Stapoo

Hopscotch is a popular playground game in which players throw a small object into numbered spaces of a pattern of rectangles marked on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces on one or two legs to retrieve the object.

Played by: one or more people

Chhupam Chhupai or Hide-n-Seek

Hide and Seek is a popular children’s game in which players hide themselves in a marked area, to be found by one or more seekers/denners. The denner closes his eyes and counts till a certain number, after which he tries to find the hidden players.

Played by: any number of people