A few nights ago, I took out a bag of kuti-kuti to show my boys. For those who are familiar with kuti-kuti, it is a traditional game played in Singapore where players who each have a collection of kuti-kuti, choose one to pit their flicking skills against other players. Turns will be taken to give a single flick to the kuti-kuti. The winner is the player whose kuti-kuti touches an opponent's kuti-kuti. There, the winner wins over the opponent's trinket and adds it on to his collection.
J1 understood the instructions of the game and hence caught on it fast. Playing on the floor wasn't too much of a kick and, the next day, we transited to playing it at the study table. J2 attempted to be part of the game too, and playfully snatched a few of our kuti-kuti away to form his own collection.
Whilst such traditional games may not be such huge magnets in drawing children to it, as compared to electronic devices, I seek to keep my children as gadget free as possible. I know that the inevitable will come when they are finally exposed to the world of gadgets, so whenever I can, I try to introduce to them a little of my own childhood.
In time to come, I hope to introduce to them the intricacies of playing five stones, and perhaps a fun game called 'Pepsi Cola 1-2-3'.
Here is a link to the various traditional games of Singapore which you might be interested to read on. Inexpensive and full of nostalgia, I urge you to try them out with your children as well. They can be excellent fillers, as well as ice breakers when it comes to a gathering of friends.