The Top 3 Children’s Games in Australia

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In this article, we will introduce popular children’s games in Australia, like we introduced for Canada in a previous article. In Canada, outdoor games were the most popular, let’s see which games are popular among Australian children. Some games are like Japanese games and others you may have never heard of before.

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In Australia, children learn through play

In Australia, learn through “play” instead of following the Asian style of textbook learning while seated at a desk. Through play, Australian children gain individuality and social skills and expand their curiosity and imaginations. Preschools and early childhood centers in Japan are beginning to implement this learning style as well.

3 Popular Games Among Australian Children


What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?

This game is like “Daruma ga Koronda”, a popular children’s game in Japan.

・Choose who will act as the “wolf”
・The “wolf” stands with his/her back to the other children and makes sure to leave enough distance between him/her and the other children
・The children ask “what’s the time, Mr. Wolf?” while they are standing in a straight line
・The “wolf” answers with his favorite time (“It’s 1 o’clock”).
・The children move ahead the number of steps the “wolf” calls.
・When the “wolf” gets closer to the other children he or she yells “It’s dinner time!” and tries to catch them.
・Children who return to the start line without being caught are safe and the first child to be caught is the next “wolf”.

This game doesn’t require the use of any props and it is a great way to get children to move their bodies so most daycares and kindergartens in Australia play the game during recess.

Handball

This is another popular game in Australia, children use a tennis ball and their hand instead of a racquet

・Make a few big squares on the ground
・Name each square as follows: top: Ace, 2nd: King, 3rd: Queen, then Jack, Dance, 1,2.
・In this game, the player who is in the top 2 squares (Ace or King) the longest wins.
・A player stands in each square and the player who is standing in the top square (Ace) serves. The child can aim at any square but must bounce the ball once in their own square before putting it in another square. This is the same when hitting the ball.

Players change spots in the following situations.

・When the ball they serve or hit goes out of the squares.
・When their ball doesn’t bounce in their square before entering another square.
・When their ball bounces more than once in their own square.

The player in the next square moves up to fill the empty square.

Marbles

The first person to get the marble in the hole wins.

・First, make a hole in the ground and have each player choose a marble.
・Decide who will go first and start shootin
g your marble from about 5-10m from the hole.
・From the 2nd turn, instead of shooting the marble, players have to use their finger to flick the marble. The player who is the first to put their marble in the hole wins and gets another chance to flick the marble. They change positions if he/she misses the hole.

Players follow these steps and the first player to put 2 marbles in the hole wins. The winner receives 2 marbles. Australian marbles are like those found in Japan and made of pretty glass. Children will enjoy adding to their collection.

We introduced some popular games from Australia and all of them seem like they will be enjoyed in Japan as well. Children can be exposed to games like these at international schools and English learning schools. Children learn through play so it is important for parents to give their children the opportunity to play freely.

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