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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Japanese New Year Game: Fukuwarai


Fukuwarai, roughly translated as lucky laugh, is a traditional Japanese game played during the New Year’s celebration. It’s both educational and fun and aren’t those the best type of games?

One player is blindfolded and has to place the features on a blank face as the other players coach him/her. The object of the game is to place all the paper cutouts in the shape of the eyes, nose, and mouth on the face.

The game was traditionally played with a funny-looking woman’s face but now any type of face can be used.

Different colored markers to make facial features

1. Draw and cut out any type of face. Make it large.
2. Draw and cut out different noses, eyes, mouths, eyebrows

If you don’t have the time to make your own face and features, you can use this template here.

How to play:
Put the face on the floor or table. One player is blindfolded and given different face parts. The other people instruct the player where to put the parts of the face such as eyes, eyebrows, a nose and a mouth by instructing them “higher, lower, to the left, right,” etc.

The game is fun for all ages. For younger children, it’s a good opportunity to practice facial parts, basic commands and directions.

© 2012 – 2013, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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