13 Childhood games that are close to every 90’s kids heart

Childhood games

Waking up in the morning and getting dressed up for school was a task that we did half-heartedly but as the end of the day for the school approached our excitement peaked. We looked forward to playing these games when we get back home.

Here is the list of 13 childhood games that were part of everybody’s childhood –

1. Hide and Seek

Known as Aais-Pais or Luka Chuppi in local language is one of the most common childhood games played across the whole world. The happiness of placing that “dhappa” on your friends and making him/her denner again was another level feeling.

Hide and seek

2. Kabaddi

Originated in India, Kabaddi is a 7 member team game on per side. It is popular game in Indian sub-continent. Mostly popular in the rural India, it gained more popularity after the introduction of Pro Kabaddi League.


Kho-Kho is regularly played across the schools in the Indian subcontinent. Played with 12 members on each team out of which 9 members enter the field.

4. Tippy Tippy Top

“Tippy tippy top what color you want?”, I want color red. And everybody has to run to find that color.

5. Ludo

Ludo for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to the rolls of a single die. Like other cross and circle games, Ludo is derived from the Indian game Pachisi, but simpler. The game and its variations are popular in many countries and under various names.

6. 5 Stones

Also known as gotiya in local language. It is popular among the kids in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. It is a 5 level game and the difficulty increases as you move up the level.

7. Atlas

In Atlas you have to guess the name of a city or a country with the letter at the end of the word. It is played in turns.

8. Name Place Animal Thing

Everybody has played this game atleast once. You get 60 seconds to think of a “Name”, a “Place”, an “Animal” and a “Thing” — and note down those words for each of those categories, but only words that begin with that letter. The person who gets the most correct answers over the course of the game wins.

9. Chicklets

It is a one of the catch-catch game. In this you run away from the denner and when he/she shouts chicklets the other players have to come touch the denner and whoever is the last one becomes the denner.

10. Gend Tadi

This game is played between two teams whoever gets the ball can hit the the other team member and whoever gets hit by the the ball gets out of the game.

11. Kancha

Also the marble game or goliyan, this game is widely popular amongst the kids across India especially in the rural areas of India. There is no single way of playing this game.

12. Cricket

Out of all the childhood games cricket had wild following from gali cricket to tournaments being held across the city was very common. Getting hit by the balls and having our heads swollen, and breaking neighbors windows and begging them to give our balls back.

childhood games cricket

13. Baraf-Paani

The players have to avoid being touched by the denner otherwise he/she will get freezed. Only the free players can unfreeze them by touching them while shouting Paani.

There are other childhood games that we played are Stone-Paper-Scissor, Tic Tac Toe, Langdi, Chor Sipahi, Pilli Hadoop, Posham Pa, Line kho, Carrom board, Patte or Taash, blindfold, Gilli danda and Saanp Sidhi.

The name of these childhood games can vary from place to place. If we are missing out on any of the childhood games comment them below.

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