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Flashback: Revisiting Childhood Games

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Schoolboy Lim Say Kuan playing Chinese hop-scotch as instructors and friends look on, February 1982. Sunday play sessions to revive traditional games kicked off to a good start with keen participation from about 600 children in 20 community centres all over Singapore. The 12 traditional games are Bola Tin, Congkak, Five-Stones, Galah Panjang (Long Bamboo), Gasing (Top-spinning), Hoop, Chinese Hop-scotch, Keleret (Pony and Rider), Marbles, Capteh (Shuttlecock), Tick-tock and Tin Walking. The sessions will continue on the next three Sundays. Photo: Tan Suan Ann / The Straits Times

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

Bola Tin, Gasing, Hoop Wheeling, Hop-scotch, 5 stones, Tick-tock... do these games ring a bell?

In this era of iPads, Wiis and Xboxes, our young ones would probably never have heard of these traditional games of the past, let alone have played them. Although simple, these games fostered community and team spirit while testing the ingenuity of the children playing them.

Through the Lens brings back old photos of these games which used to bring joy to children in simpler times.

Publish date: 22 June 2012

Copyright The Straits Times 2012

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