2011 Children’s Day in Beijing: Play with Chinese Folk Toys!
Children’s day is a chance for us adults to remain our childhood. In the past time, when there is no TVs, computers, or any video games, traditional toys, such as Chinese yo-yos, Iron Hoop Rolling and Jigsaw puzzle, were our best friends. With hundreds years of history, those traditional toys are not only for fun, but also for keeping the culture.
Chinese folk toys are always made of the most easily available local materials at low cost. They are simple in technique and shape; they are brilliant in color. They are favored at home and abroad for their unique local styles and natural simplicity.
When you come to China, don’t miss the chance to play Chinese folk toys. Those toys are not simply for children, but also for adults. They can be excises for your brain, as well as for your body. Just have a try!
Play with wisdom
Jigsaw puzzle (or ‘Qiqiaoban’)
Jigsaw puzzle is the most ideal choice to develop children’s wisdom in China. Composed of 7 pieces in a certain shape, this toy requires your brain exertion to join those pieces into a given pattern without leaving any gaps.
Nine Connected Rings (or ‘Jiulianhuan’)
Nine Connected Rings is made by nine connected rings. Those nine medal rings are linked on a horizontal bar or other frames. The stalk of frames can have various shapes, such as sword, butterfly and plum blossom; and all rings are connect to it by copper pole.
The game is to link all the nine rings to the copper ring in accordance with certain rules or release all the rings through pulling or linking. It has many solutions. You have to undergo 81 rounds before linking all the nine rings to one pole, as well as 81rounds to release all the rings. In addition, it can also form various shapes of flower basket, hydrangeas, palace lantern and other shapes.
Play with coordination
Chinese Yo-Yo (or ‘Kongzhu’)
Although Chinese yo-yos are called “yo-yos” in the West, the traditional Chinese name for them appropriately means “empty bamboo (Kongzhu).” It was originally made of two round, bamboo or wooden ends connected in the middle by a horizontal piece of wood. Chinese have used it for fun and recreation for over on thousand years. Nowadays, you can also find some local people play the Chinese yo-yos in the parks as morning exercise.
The modern Chinese yo-yo is now usually made of plastic for added durability. Despite some minor changes in appearance, Chinese yo-yo remains a popular toy today, and has not only evolved into a distinctive performance art but also serves as a unique reminder of Chinese heritage.
2) Iron Hoop Rolling
Iron hoop rolling, also called hoop trundling, was popular in 1960s and 1970s in China. It is both a sport and a child’s game in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground, generally by means of an implement wielded by the player. The aim of the game is to keep the hoop upright for long periods of time or to do various tricks.
It’s the best toy for Chinese family to play together. While teaching the kids how to play it, those middle-aged parents can review their childhood. It will be another happy moment in both parents’ and kids’ memory. From generation to generation, the happy time with hoop rolling will never end.