Adults happily join kids to play traditional games

1 Children riding the wooden horses while showing their Merdeka spirit.

OLD memories were rekindled as adults grabbed the chance to play traditional games at the ‘Childhood Main-Main Bishop Street’ event in George Town, Penang.

Children were filled with glee as well as they learnt to play the old-fashioned games.

One big attraction at the event was the 72 wooden rocking horses.

Event planner Catherine Chang said the rocking horses represented the 58 years of independence for Malaysians along with the 13 states in Malaysia and one Federal Territory in Kuala Lumpur.

“These horses have been sold for RM1,000 each to raise funds for orphanages and schools.

“The horses will be handed over to the buyers after they have been painted by children from orphanages and displayed at Gurney Paragon Mall,” she said.

Laughter rang through the air as participants played games such as fighting fish, colour sticks, seven stones, marbles, masak-masak (cooking game) and chip chip chom (hopscotch).

2 An adult visitor jumping rope.
An adult visitor jumping rope.

“We have about 80 different traditional games that were popular in the past but are slowly fading away,” she said at the event yesterday.

The 8am to noon event was organised by Goh Kaki Childhood Museum and One Tree Foundation and held in conjunction with National Day.

Penang exco member Chow Kon Yeow opened the event.

“These games are slowly being forgotten by the new generation and this event is a good way to introduce them to children,” he said.

Spotted among the crowd was teacher Karen Choo, 35, who was showing her six-year-old daughter Melissa Chan how to play seven stones.

“I remember playing many of the games exhibited here and I’m really having fun.

“The games remind me of my childhood but it’s also sad to think that my daughter will not able to enjoy the kind of childhood that I had in the past,” said Choo.

Sales executive M. Patrick Dass, 55, remembered how kids always looked forward to play time during his childhood years.

“We sweated outside playing games and made many new friends in the neighbourhood, unlike children nowadays who prefers to stay at home with the computer, television and Internet.

“I hope more events such as this will be organised to keep traditional games alive,” said Patrick who came with his two daughters Mabel, 16, and Mary, 11.

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