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Old Indian childhood games

Old Indian childhood games

The childhood games like Lagori, Kancha, Gilli-danda, Kho Kho can stir up nostalgia if you’re in your 40s or 50s. Old generation children have played these games. Their summers were filled by these games. However, they are mostly forgotten now. Here are some of the oldest Indian childhood games.

Lagori or Pithu

This game is played with a pile of rocks and a ball. One member of a team knocks over the pile. The team tries to restore the pile while the other team throws the ball to “out” them.

Kancha or Marbles

This is a very famous game for kids. It is played with round glass marbles and each player tries to collect as many marbles as possible by shooting and striking other marbles.


In this game, there is one ‘denner’ who has to catch the other players. If the denner catches a player, that player becomes part of the chain by holding hands and the chain has to catch the remaining players.

Gilli Danda

It is similar to baseball and cricket. The players play it with a small piece of wood called gilli. The player hits the gilli with the danda. The aim is to hit it as far as possible.

Kho Kho

There are two teams in the game. They chase down and tag the players of other team to win. The chasing team sends nine players while the running team sends one player at a time.

Hopscotch or Stapoo

It is played by throwing a small object into numbered space of rectangles on ground. Players hop through the spaces on one or two legs to retrieve the object.


This is the Indian equivalent of “Tag”. There are two teams in this. One is a team of thieves and other a team of police. The police try to catch the thieves.

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