Dolls, Paper and Card Games
often like to use pencils, crayons, paints, and
paper to invent their own games and toys. They cut
out paper dolls and make clothes for them, then
happily play with them for hours. They often invent
pencil and paper games that allow them to interact
with friends, drawing grids on sheets of paper in
order to keep score. Card games also are a favorite
with young children.
students show each other the kind of paper
dolls young children played with in their
students from Taiwan and Mexico
describe games of this type that they enjoyed
playing as children.
with Paper Dolls
Wang from Taiwan
I was a child, I played lots of games with my
friends. Most of them didn't cost anything and were
creative. We used natural materials such as
chopsticks and leaves to create our own games or
toys. They cost little and we had a lot of fun.
think we also learned how to get along with people
in the games. There were two games I liked
most--paper dolls and a kind of card
favorite game to play with my girlfriends was paper
dolls. We drew paper dolls and all kinds of clothes
such as jeans, shirts, or skirts on paper and then
cut them out.
clothes fit the dolls and had tabs so that we could
fold the tabs back and hang the clothes on the
dolls. We made more than one doll when we played
copied adult life with the paper dolls. When we
played with the them, it seemed like we were
adults, too. Sometimes the dolls were classmates,
colleagues or sisters, but they never had children
or were mothers.
would admire a girl if she could draw beautiful
dolls or clothes. Therefore, every girl worked hard
at it. We used our hands and brains when we created
A Card Game
Wang from Taiwan
the boys, I played a kind of card game called
Ang-Aa-Biao. There was a picture on one side
of each card. You need at least two persons to play
collected cards from each player, then put them on
the ground picture- side face down. To decide who
was first, we played "scissors, paper, stone" with
used one card to hit other cards on the ground. A
player won when he turned the pictures face up. He
could win respect from the other children if he was
the best player.
was fun to play this game, and at the same time we
developed hand-eye coordination when we played
Game to Play with Paper and Pencil
Mostkoff from Mexico
I was in elementary school, we used to play
different games. We had a 30-minute break after
lunch but, for us it was too short.
when we were in the classroom, we would sit at the
end of the room, and there where the teacher
couldn't see us we played a quiet game that we
game allowed as many players as you wanted, and you
only needed a sheet of paper and a pen or a pencil.
We divided the sheet into categories such as
animals, flowers, movies, TV shows, colors, fruits,
last names, whatever you wanted. You had to draw a
vertical line between each word like
each player had their own sheet ready, it was time
to start. One of the players started the game,
saying aloud the letters of the alphabet in
orderA, B, C, D, E, F, and so on. The player
next to him had to say "Stop!" as loud as he could.
you can imagine, in the middle of the classroom, we
had to say it as quietly as we could because we
didn't want to get caught.
that player said stop, the one who was saying the
letters of the alphabet had to stop right there,
and it was the moment for all the players to start
writing a word with that consonant or vowel. You
needed to write a word for each category, and you
only had time to write until the first player
the first player finished, he said "Stop!" again,
and it was time to review the answers. Each player
had to say the word that he or she wrote, and if
two players had the same word, they received only
50 points; for example, let's say you had to write
with the consonant "P".
last column on the sheet was the total, and you
wrote down the points that you had, and then you
had to do the same with all the players. Each time
you wrote a different letter.
the end of the sheet, the game ended and the winner
was the one with the highest score. This game was
really fun for us, and we loved to play it often,
so I hope you enjoy it the way I
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