SEVEN STONES - A FORGOTTEN GAME
Its hard to believe that childhood is been endangered since the advent of hi-tech games, Helicopter parenting, super-standardized testing, No recess theory, all time academic schools, stranger danger phobias, modern lifestyles and yes the advent of ugly Urbanization in the name of development.
Gone are the days!
Traditional games and cultural play are essence to any society and their presence in one's town or village makes sure that the childhood is not at stake , but its there to stay with all its beauty and purity.
As a Play researcher and an advocate of Play right for every child, i believe we need to do more than just crying over the spilt milk...we need to work in communities, schools, parks, gardens, with parents, teachers, day care providers, youth councils and policy makers to see our dreams happening , at least budding , so we can cherish the moments and carry on with our vision for a more playful world.
I often go to local parks, visit abandoned gardens, observe narrow streets, and walkaways, dusty playgrounds, ill maintained public spaces, there's one thing common , the children can be seen playing around with whatever facilities they have , just diving into play for the sake of it.
Its a story of a Third world nation, but I believe its happening everywhere , where children are born and raised!
We started to study the deep rooted culture of traditional childhood play and for that I planned to study individual games, which are abandoned but still can be seen in the streets where poor kids play with their hearts and souls in it.
HIT THE SEVEN STONES:
This game is very popular among boys in the region of South East Asia (India and Pakistan) and similar games can be seen in other parts of the world. Here children need to collect seven stones, they should have a ball to throw, and they need to make two teams , each must comprise of 3- 5 players, but it can exceed to any number. The more the players, the more the fun!
THE GAME ITSELF:
There are two teams. One has to break the stack of seven stones with ball and reorder them back, The defending team has to prevent this by hitting the player of the other team with the ball. In this case the round ends.
GAME AS DESCRIBED IN WIKIPEDIA:
How to play
- Divide the players into two teams. Let there be team A and team B.
- Each player in team A takes their turn in breaking the tower from a certain distance using a tennis ball.
- A player from team B is assigned to catch the ball after it gets thrown by team A. Rest of team b become fielders.
- When a player from team A succeeds in knocking over the tower. the team's next aim becomes to rebuild the tower while everyone in team B tries to get all the players out in team A by hitting them with the tennis ball.
- If team B succeeds in getting the players with the pitu coin in hand out from team A before the tower is rebuilt then they have defended a pittu.
- But if team B fails to do so then team A gets a pittu and they carry on with their turn in breaking the tower.
- Once everyone in team A has had their turn the teams swap the roles.
- After both teams have defended the team with most number of pittu(s) wins
Teams are forming:
DEFINING THE FIELD OF PLAY: