Traditional games are played throughout the world, by individuals and groups of all ages, with formal or informal rules, and at homes, schools, work, and a variety of community settings. Traditional games are most often learned by observing and participating in a game; teachers are most often a parent or other familiar adult, a sibling, or a friend.
Games play a critical role in fostering and maintaining ethnic and group identity, acquiring physical and intellectual skills, learning cultural knowledge, and developing and negotiating social relationships. At this year's Great Lakes Folk Festival, a variety of "unplugged" traditional games are featured; none require a computer chip or an Internet connection! Many more games will be available in the Children's Folk Arts Festival section of the festival.
At the Great Lakes Folk Festival, children (and their adult companions) can take part in a variety of fun, participatory, and educational activities. The Children's Folk Activities Area is located TO THE EAST OF THE VALLEY COURT STAGE and runs from noon to 6:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday. (Note the location has changed this year due to City of East Lansing construction in the Valley Court Park area.)
Children's Traditional Culture
At this year's Great Lakes Folk Festival, children and their adult companions can take part in a variety of fun, participatory, educational, and on-going activities and games that are a staple of childhood-no electricity or computer chip required! This summer, dig in to some of these favorite summer pastimes.
The empty box
Jump rope games and rhymes
Made up games with found objects
String games and string figures
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