【From Brazil】3 Popular Games from Around the World

2021.10.29

Brazil is known for its glamorous and active culture, such as the Rio Carnival, the Olympics and soccer. Brazilian people are known for being gentle and generous to others.
What kind of life do Brazilian children lead and what kind of games do they enjoy? Here, we will introduce the educational situation and popular children’s games in Brazil.

【ブラジル編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

What is Children’s education like in Brazil?

The education system in Brazil consists of nine years of compulsory elementary and middle school education (Escola Funcamental) and three to four years of high school education (Escola Média). There are both public and private schools, and the private schools are popular among middle-class families because of their more extensive curriculum.

In addition, there is the “Ensino Superior”, which is a university with 4 to 6 years of higher education. Universities also offer master’s and doctoral programs, and the level of education in public schools seems to be higher than in private schools.

Schools in Brazil are divided into two sections, morning and afternoon, which is a big difference from Japan. In some high schools, there are three sessions: morning, noon, and night.

In the morning session, a light breakfast is served before the start of school, followed by classes, lunch, and more classes. Students return home around noon. As there are no breaks between classes like in Japan, students are free to use the restroom and drink water as they please, which is a unique rule in Brazil.

There is also an event at the elementary school called “Carnaval,” where children dress up in costumes and dance the samba. I can imagine the happy smiles on the children’s faces, and it sounds like a lot of fun.

3 Popular Games among Brazilian children

Brazilian children love simple games. Here are some games that they enjoy playing with their friends.

When talking about Brazil, everyone thinks of “Soccer”

In Brazil, also known as the “holy land of soccer,” it is normal for children to play soccer on a daily basis. Children enjoy playing soccer in their neighborhood with their friends throughout the year.

In Brazil, the game is often played “until one team scores three goals” or “until the total number of goals scored by the two teams reaches 12,” so that children can acquire the skills and ingenuity to score goals.
This difference in play style may be the reason why they are able to compete in the world of soccer, which is full of strong players.

Pega Veleta, a game similar to Shogi (Japanese chess)

Pega Veleta is a game in which colorful sticks are stacked on a table, and the players try to get the sticks to stay in place. It may be easier to understand if you think of it as the Japanese game “Shogi-koshi”.

First, hold all the sticks together and drop them on the table to make a pile. Sticks that have fallen to distant places are piled up on top of the pile, and the preparation is complete.
If the pile doesn’t move after one stick is taken, it is possible to take more sticks in a row. If any of the sticks in the pile move, they are replaced by the next player.

When all the sticks have been taken, the number of sticks on hand is counted and the person with the most sticks wins. It is a simple game, but children enjoy competing to pick up the most sticks.

Paritinho, a game of guessing the number of beans

Paritinho is a game of guessing the number of beans in each hand. After deciding on a leader, the players grab the beans with both hands. The other players guess the number of beans in each hand, and the one who comes closest to the actual number wins. The person who comes closest to the actual number wins and becomes the next leader. In Brazil, this is a popular game that even small children can enjoy.

In Brazil, children are raised to be kind and accepting of others. Attending preschool classes, where children learn cooperation, empathy and how to treat others is a great way to help your child grow up to be kind and accepting of others like the people of Brazil.

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