Traditional games are a significant part of our cultural heritage. They reflect the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our forefathers in creating their own games by using inexpensive materials for their pastimes and recreation.
With modernization, we lose some of our socio-cultural heritage due to economic, social and environmental changes such as the disappearance of closely-knit kampongs and villages have led to the demise of some of our traditional games. Though simple, these games have cultural and social value as they encouraged children to exercise their ingenuity and help develop their social skills, especially in fostering team spirit in school and in the neighborhood.
Most indigenous games of Singapore are also played in the Southeast Asian region. Games like “congkak”, “capteh”, “gasing”, sepak takraw and others are still played in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines although the versions may vary. Games such as “Main Lereng" and "Bola Tin" are two other popular games invented by local children in the post-war era.
This gallery, thus, aims at entertaining and linking younger Singaporeans with their past, by reminding them of the games played by their forefathers.