Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Mongolian Matching Game
Mongolian-kids © Bartosz Hadyniak- istockphoto.com
Mongolian children have traditionally played many different games using animal bones. One common game is the first player gathers all the bones (usually ankle bones of goat, sheep and horses) and throws them on a flat surface. The player then looks for pairs of matching bones and flicks one of the matching bones to hit the other matching bone. If they touch any other bone, then they lose their turn. If they hit the correct bone, they pick both bones up, put them aside and get another turn. For the next player, he/she picks up all remaining bones and throws them again to look for matching pairs and the game starts over.
Since you probably don’t have many bones on hand, you can play a variation of this game using everyday household objects.
Any combination of the following objects will work well:
• Bottle caps, container caps, detergent caps and juice caps
1. Depending on how much time you have allotted plus the attention span of your child, you can have your child help you collect these objects in the house in order to play the game.
And in the spirit of Naadam, why not take your child for a pony ride somewhere in your community? Kids and ponies are usually a win win situation.
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