At one time there were no technological devices such as smartphones and tablets or video games. The children stayed outdoors, in courtyards or parks, or in homes, for a long time and played simple and fun games. Who has never heard of grandparents or uncles of the ancient games?
In this very special summer, characterized by the so-called “Phase 3”, today’s children can experience and relive some games from the past.
We asked Andrea Angiolino, journalist and famous inventor of games, who published the book Let’s play together with paper and pencil (Sonda Edizioni), to suggest us a “game of the past” for the little ones.
The activity presented is part of the online SUMMER CAMP of nostrofiglio.it on Monday.
“The cyclotap is one of the funniest games to play outdoors, for two or more,” explains Andrea Angiolino.
How many are played
“You play in two or more, even in many”.
How to play
“On an asphalt clearing, draw a palm-wide track closed in a loop with chalks. Get yourself a crown cap for each, inside which you will paste the photo of a cyclist (or an animal, or your favorite comic character, etc.) to recognize it.
Draw the finish line along a straight line and draw the starting order. At your turn, the player puts the cap on the goal and throws it with a squirt, that is, a blow given with the index finger that is held with the thumb and suddenly released. If the cap flips over or goes off the track, the shot is void and the player will try again in the next round.
When everyone has shot, he launches again, starting with whoever is ahead and then the others in order of position. Also in this case, if a cap goes off the track, overturns or sends an opponent off the track, the shot is void and everything is put back as it was before; the player will try again at the next turn.
The first to cross the finish line after completing the entire lap of the track wins. If not everyone threw in that turn, the round of throws is completed: if more players cross the finish line without going off the track, the one who went furthest wins.
There are those who build tracks by cutting them out of cardboard and fixing them together with tape, enriching them with guardrails, tunnels and bridges. You can even go up, using the flannel that goes under the tablecloths: but it must be put tight. With a track like this you can also play at home.
On the beach the track is made in the sand, also in this case with the possibility of making bottlenecks, bridges, tunnels and more. Traditionally it is traced by dragging a seated boy by the feet with his hands under his knees, but in times of distancing it is better to dig it with the hands while staying away. To play on the sand you need plastic marbles, half colored and half transparent ones. The rules remain the same », explained Andrea Angiolino.