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    Question Games

    Can anyone tell me about a easy game children play (other than soccer ) in the Dominican Republic. My son is doing a project for his Spanish class and it needs to be interactive.

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    Soccer is not popular in the DR. Baseball is their passion! Also basketball is very popular.

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    Default Other games?

    I was hoping to learn about a board game, card game, or something young children may play like tag, ring-around-the-rosey......?

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    The only two games I can think of are Hide-and-Seek (jugando a la escondida) and Tag (jugando a tope) - same as in the U.S.

    But the kids do make a lot of their toys. Things like Fu Fu's, which is a flattened bottle cap with a hole in the middle, which is threaded onto a double string. The string is then spun and twisted and pulled taut, and the Fu Fu spins around, much to everyone's delight.

    What is the name of the tire, stick, and piece of water bottle device?

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    Default Thanks Jane!

    The bottle cap game would be great, the whole class can make them! I'll keep watching for the other game your asking about!

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    When I was there, besides baseball and basketball, hacky sac was widely played, as well as in the campos, the stick and tire game.
    THere is a game where kids, all ages - 3 to 23, stand in a circle holding hands and there is one person in a circle who recites a poem about amor, and they choose someone and gives them a kiss on the cheek and that person goes in the centre and it goes all over again. Really cute. Does anyone know it?
    There is another one, where everyone again stands in a circle with one person in the middle and they sing a song and it goes asi, asi, asi, asi, asi. Don't know what that is called either
    Most of the games are pretty common, lots of skipping, lots of clapping games with different rhymes, card games, pretty similar to ours.
    Sorry, I don't know if this has helped at all!

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    Ooooh...that game where you kiss the person on the cheek? Isn't that called "La Cadena", or something like that? I've played that but with a bag with bits of paper in it and on the bits of paper it will say things like "the best looking" or "the best dancer" and you have to choose who and then give them a kiss on the cheek, and then it's that person's turn.
    Last edited by Jane J.; 06-04-2002 at 04:09 PM.

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    That's it, but we just played it without the papers! Your way sounds like fun too! I Love that Game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Smile memories....

    Oh my God, Jane J, the tire with the stick and the water jug thing!!! That took me back to my days working in the orphanage... I had forgot about it, but certain boys there literally play it all day long.

    That is one thing your son should mention, Shari, that kids in the DR are incredibly resourceful, it always shocks me how they make so many toys out of things they find around, when so many US kids I know are flooded with toys from the toy store and wouldn't be able to make anything if their life depended on it.

    Hacky sac is also a big thing... with a plastic bag filled with rocks usually. They are really good at it!

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    Shari, Bugsey34 makes a very important point. The commercial games, such as board games, that are popular with children in the US are either not available here or are out of financial reach of a large majority of the children. You don't find the large departments of children's games and toys that are common in the US.

    So the kids make their toys out of scraps and castoffs, and seem to be at least as entertained with them as are children in the US with their expensive toys.

    At Christmas time there are lots of toys sold, mostly cheap plastic guns, cars and dolls. I doubt that they last very long, given their poor quality. But those homemade items survive, and are easily replaced as needed.

    This same characteristic continues into adult hood. Dominicans keep things runing long after it would have been discarded in the US. If parts are no longer available, there are many places to get them fabricated. But it is rare to find a vehicle or machine sent to the junk heap unless it is in extremely bad shape.

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