Traditional games now is hard to found. Children's nowadays prefer to play electronic games, such as Play Station, or playing computer and games on the internet. In fact, a lot of positives value that can be taken from the traditional game, like it makes children more creative, willing to work together, more healthy because they actively moves while playing, and many more other benefit. Each traditional games known with different names in each region. This time I will only discuss 5 traditional games in Indonesia:
Made of a pair of tall bamboo that used for walking. Instead of bamboo can also be used a pair of coconut shells and rope. This game really requires a good balance, hard work, and sportsmanship.
Played on hard ground and flat, with drawing 8 plots and a half-circle on it. How to play the game is the player throws a stone and then jump on one foot.
The playing board is made from wood, with 7 holes on each side. All the boards have two 'store house' holes, one on each end. The design varies from simple, boat-shaped boards, to dragon-shape boards. Patience and carefulness is required in play congklak. The winner is player who have more congklak seeds.
Marbles is kind of glass ball with a variety of colors and motifs. The size of marbles vary, from small, medium, and large. Played with hitting the enemy marbles, if hit, then we get the marbles. The winner is player who have more marbles.
Gangsing/ gasing is a toy that can be rotated on a pivot and well balanced at some point. Gangsing are made of wood, plastic or other materials. Gangsing compete can be divided into sound compete, go round compete, and hit compete. The winner is gangsing which the most toned voice, longest spinning, and can last longer.
There are many other traditional game of Indonesia I haven't mentioned yet , maybe next time I will make article about another traditional game of Indonesia. So, let us preserve traditional game of Indonesia! =)