8 Traditional Pinoy Games for Children’s Party
The Filipino people love having a party, and it’s not a complete party without the lechon, rice, the countless titas with their inappropriate comments, and the party games. Today, we are listing down some of the most commonly played traditional Pinoy games that a real Filipino party usually has as part of the program.
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Traditional Pinoy Games Every Filipino Kid Should Learn
Trip to Jerusalem
Surely one of the most played traditional Pinoy games, Trip to Jerusalem is a game of musical chairs. The chairs are arranged in a circle. There should be one player more than the number of chairs, so if there are five chairs, there should be six players. The music is played and the players dance around the chairs. Once the music stops, they scramble to find a seat. The player left standing without a seat is eliminated. And the game goes on until there is one winner, the person who always finds a seat after every round.
The Bring Me game is simple, probably one of the simplest traditional Pinoy games we’ve ever played. The host will say, “Bring me _____,” and whoever is the first to bring that item will get the prize. Among the items usually included are peso bills and those a person usually brings, like handkerchief or makeup items. Even strange requests such as nail clippings and socks are included.
This is another dancing game. Players dance around, and when the music stops, they must freeze in whatever position they were in when the music stops. Anyone unable to freeze in their steps will get eliminated.
The Paper Dance game involves partners and a piece of paper. Players are grouped into two, and each pair has their own paper. They dance around the paper until the music stops. As the game progresses, the paper is folded in half for each round so it becomes smaller and smaller. Each team must find a way to remain upright within their respective “dance floor.” The last team standing wins.
Pinoy Henyo is played in teams of two. The goal is to guess the word on the piece of paper you hold to your forehead. The team member holding the paper tries to guess the word by asking questions answerable by yes or no. The teammate then replies with “Oo, hindi, or pwede.” The team that guesses the most amount of words in the shortest time span wins the game.
This is the country’s version of the piñata. Instead of hitting a paper decoration, you hit a clay pot. The player is blindfolded, spun around, then he proceeds to locate the pot and hit it with a stick. The surrounding players take turns until the pot is broken. Once the pot is broken, it becomes a free-for-all with all the players scrambling to get the coins, candy, and other items placed in the pot.
The Long Happy Birthday
Well, some traditional Pinoy games do require some serious strength, and perhaps, this one is enough to prove that true. The Long Happy Birthday is a game for kids who can hold their breath. Normally, this is played at birthday parties. Each person takes the microphone and tries to deliver the longest happy birthday so that it sounds like “happy birthdaaaaaaaaaaaay.” They time each person and the one who can stretch out the word for the longest amount of time wins. There are other versions like “Merry Christmas” and the more difficult “Welcome to the Christian World.”
This has become the highlight of any children’s party. The pabitin is a wooden frame that is decorated with paper. Toys, candies, and other goodies are tied to the frame with string. The frame is then hung above an open space where the players can gather. The players stand underneath the frame and get ready as it is lowered and raised on a pulley by an operator. When the frame is low enough, each child scrambles to get as many goodies as they can from the frame. Be warned, though, kids take this very seriously, and fights can break out among your young guests.