Japanese Children’s Games

11 Jul


Does anyone else feel like this summer is just FLYING by? We are enjoying our summer routine of swimming at the pool, hanging out at the playgrounds, and attending library storytimes, but we could definitely use more variety in our activities ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are looking for something new to do with your kids,ย I have the perfect resource for you.

ใƒŸใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚นใ‚ธใƒฅใƒผใƒใƒฅใใจใ‚ใใ€€is FULL of fun games that children in Japan play (doesn’t require technology or money!)! The games are divided into several sections: outdoor games, games using items from nature, parent-child activities, water games, etc. The original site is all in Japanese but they’ve recently added an ENGLISH SITE as well!ย There are seriously SO MANY games…36 different versions of the game TAG alone!

Here are some games that I plan to play with my kids asap!

* ใ‚ใ—ใŸใฆใ‚“ใใซใชใ€œใ‚Œ (using shoes to predict the weather)

* ใ‚ใ—ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚“ใ‘ใ‚“ (paper-rock-scissors with your feet)

* ใ„ใ‚ใŠใซ (Color Tag)

* ใ ใ‚‹ใพใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ“ใ‚ใ‚“ใ  (Japanese version of Red Light Green Light)

I’ll try to do an individual how-to post on these games sometime. What I LOVE about this website is that there are pictures/photos/animations for each game! That makes it so easy to understand how the game is supposed to be played. The site also has a LINKS page that’s definitely worth checking out!!


ใ‚ใใณใฎใฒใ‚ใฐ (Asobi no hiroba) is another website full of games. It has many games that include singing songs.


Now stop reading/blogging and go have fun with your kids! Let me know if you try any of these activities ๐Ÿ™‚

4 Responses to “Japanese Children’s Games”

  1. Kittae December 5, 2011 at 6:48 AM #

    Hi there! I’m finding your site very useful in identifying Japanese children’s games. Here’s my trouble: I don’t speak Japanese yet! Could you help me with some resources on the color tag?


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