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Remember zero point and hopscotch? These traditional games are perfect outdoor activities for kids! Teach your children how to play these childhood games.
The next time as you reminisce about the good old days, take your children with you down memory lane.
Share what it was like growing up in the eighties; show them what recess breaks were made of and how afternoons and weekends were spent meeting up at playgrounds to play hide-and-seek, jump rope, hopscotch, police-and-thief, or catching guppies at the
Here are five local, old school games that were popular in the 1980s. Introducing these games to your children will not only transport you back in time but also allow them to have a glimpse into your past. It also creates a fun environment to encourage your children to get active and be more interested in outdoor activities.
When kids get active, there are plenty of health benefits. These include improved development of movement, motor and social skills, and better hand-eye coordination. Children also build stronger muscles and bones, have better weight control, and a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Burning energy in the day also allows kids to have a better sleep at night.
What you need: Chalk or masking tape, and a small object as your marker (a small bean bag, button, stone, etc.)
How to play:
Benefits: Jumping in and out of boxes improves foot-eye coordination and balance.
What you need: At least three people playing and shoes to protect your feet.
Benefits: Lateral jumps help strengthen leg muscles.
Pepsi-Cola 123 is recommended to be played at open spaces. The Botanic Gardens and Marina Barrage are some places with open grounds.
What you need: A packet of rubber bands, tie them together to form a long chain (about 4m).
Benefits: Rope-jumping skills transfer to plenty of other athletic pursuits and improve motor coordination.
What you need: At least two people playing and running shoes.
Benefits: Provides an aerobic workout when played for more than 10 minutes.
What you need: A
Benefits: Promotes foot-eye coordination.
Play chapteh and other fun activities with your family this weekend or join one of the family and kid-friendly programmes by the Health Promotion Board.
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