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
also 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 from Taiwan and Mexico
describe games of this type that they enjoyed
playing as children.
with Paper Dolls
students make and show each other the kind
of paper dolls young children played with
in their countries.
Wang from Taiwan
I was a child, I played lots of games with my
friends. Most of them didn't cost anything and were
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 game.
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
A 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 did.
Mexicana, A Mexican Bingo Game
lopez from Mexico
is a popular game in my country, Mexico. When I was
a child, I enjoyed playing this game with my
family. I played it a lot when I was around eight
or ten years old.
to Play Lotería
There are ten big cards and 54 small
cards with small pictures of objects,
people, or animals.
play this game, you have to have 20 or more people.
There are ten big cards and 54 small cards with
different pictures such as objects, people, or
child chooses one big card. One child is the caller
and begins to call out, one by one, what picture is
on each small card.
the children have that picture on their big card,
they mark it with a counter, usually beans or
stones. The game finishes when one player has
markers on all the pictures on his/her big card
first and shouts "loteria."
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