Traditional games are chart-topping activities among people who live in rural areas. It has been played by our society for a long time. Nowadays, most of the traditional games are being abandoned by the children of this modern era as the gadgets are more attractive for them. However, some of the children who live in rural areas are still interested to play the traditional games. There is no doubt that playing traditional games has its own advantages to the players.
The main advantage is it can enhance the players thinking skills. We must use our brain’s ability to play some of the traditional games which include memorizing and using our own knowledge. Playing bottle caps is an example that helps the children to improve their thinking skills. The players must create the strategies to hit the bottle caps to the other bottle cap and balancing it in order to win the games.
Playing these traditional games also can increase the players’ knowledge. They will be exposed to the new things that they may not learn in class. Thus, these games can be the interesting hobby to the children. An example of the game that can increase one’s knowledge is Wau game that are played by Malays since hundreds of years ago. The players can know more about Wau game such as the types of kites lifted as National Traditional Wau (Wau Bulan, Wau Kucing, Wau Jala Budi), types of bamboo to make the Wau and how to measure the size of the kite. Tips that would be obtained from the elders, but the actual ability is gained through experience.
Hence, most of the traditional games require dexterity and body movement such as swinging of the arms and jumping. This encourages players to exercise and improves their eye-hand coordination. The benefits of these traditional games outweigh the benefits of today’s technology. Therefore, we should have more opportunities to play these games in ample time rather than gadgets.
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