Of course, every country in the world has traditional toys for children that have been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, some of these traditional games must be gradually eliminated when the gadget era has penetrated in every line of life.
In this digital age, children prefer to play games through their gadgets or computers. In fact, not a few parents who prefer to give them gadgets to play compared to traditional toys. Because they are considered more modern.
Putting aside the problems of the technological era and the many games via gadgets like this. Do you know if some traditional Indonesian original games also exist in other countries? Although the name is different, in a way the game is more or less the same. Well, here are some traditional toys in Indonesia that can be found in other countries.
Congklak as One of Traditional Toys for Children, Originally from Middle East
Surely not a few of you have ever heard of a traditional toy called Congklak. This toy is presumed to be brought by the Arabian traders who came to Asian region hundred years ago. Many experts assumed that Congklak may actually be the oldest board game ever.
In various regions, this game has different names. In Sumatra, congklak is known as congkak, while in Java, it is known as congklak, or dakon. While in Lampung, this game has the name of a slow boom and in Sulawesi, it is known by the names Makaotan, Nogarata, and Aggalacang.
This traditional toys for children is also known in the Middle East by the name of Mancala. How to play it almost the same as in the country, using a hollow board filled with some seeds as the medium.
Each player must take and move each seed he takes from one cavity to another cavity in sequence. The difference is as basic as in Indonesia, the Mancala boards are slightly larger and the seeds are also made of special ingredients.
Hakan Tuncer, Known as Marbles in Indonesia
Marbles, small balls made of clay, marble, or glass, are known by various names. Played in almost all of Indonesia, some call it gundu (Jakarta), setin or keneker (Java), kaleci (Sundanese), acres (Palembang), guli (Malay region), and kleker (Banjar).
It is said that long before arriving in the archipelago. This traditional toys for children was said to have been played in the Ancient Roman Age. The childhood record of King Romulus Augustus is proof of this. A number of relief findings on the relics of that era also illustrate children playing marbles from seeds.
In Turkey, there is a known toy called Hakan Tuncer. How to play and the media is still the same as in Indonesia, namely by using marbles made of glass balls.
It’s just that, in Indonesia the players draw a circle as the boundary to put marbles. In Turkey not using a circle, but a triangle. The players must try to get the opponent’s marbles out of the triangle’s boundary line.
Even in the digital age, teaching children to play using traditional toys can hone their creativity and social skills. Traditional toys for children can be used by parents as a means of training their sensitivity to their surroundings.