In honour of International Children’s Day and our passion for play, we have been exploring how different kids play around the world! With the help of Aunt Nellie, a renowned explorer from The Peekabeans Club, we’ve be sharing fun ways children play in countries across the world from November 20th - 26th on our blog. Today we are visiting… Greece!
Hello explorers! As we continue our journey across the world, today we're exploring the ancient country of Greece! Greece is located in South East Europe. Greece is one of the most visited countries in Europe because of it's beautiful beaches, delicious foods, and rich culture. Want to know a fun facts? Greece was founded over 5000 years ago, which makes the Greek language the oldest written language to still be used today. Pretty cool, isn't it?
While exploring games that children play in Greece, we came across the game called "Statues", which seemed very fitting for a country known for it's art. Learn how to play below!
HOW TO PLAY STATUES
You'll need 4 players or more. Choose one player to be "It" and have her/him stand, eyes covered, in the center of a large, open playing field. She/he starts to count, at least to 10, but she/he can go higher. The point is that there's no set ending number; only "It" knows when they'll stop and open their eyes. While "It" is counting, the others scatter around, never sure when she'll/he'll yell "Agalmata!" (That's "statue" in Greek. Tell kids to yell it to be authentic, or to just say "statue" if that's easier.) On this cue, players freeze, taking on poses that mimic famous statues. They can pull from any statue they've ever seen a photo of—a javelin thrower, The Thinker, even the Statue of Liberty. Kids are allowed to use found items, such as sticks, a ball, or a Frisbee, to add a touch of realism. "It" tags any statues that are moving (they're out), then tries to make the steady ones laugh or move. The last player remaining composed is the winner and becomes the new "It." This game is great for practicing balance!
GREECE COLOURING SHEET
Alongside celebrating children around the world through featuring different ways kids play, we wanted to create something for your little ones to play with while learning about somewhere new. So, we created a Greece themed Colouring Sheet! Click below to download and save the PDF, then print and get colouring!
Visit our blog tomorrow to see where we explore next!
Who's Aunt Nellie?
Aunt Nellie is a world renowned explorer and a member of The Peekabeans Club! She is always on the move and her curiosity has no end! Learn more about Aunt Nellie and The Peekabeans Club at www.peekabeansclub.com.