Batang 90s Games We Seriously Need To Teach Our Kids

 

Who needs VR when you can play these games IRL

 

 

Technology has become a part of our lives so much so that kids these days—as young as 3 years old!—use mobile phones and iPads for entertainment. And while that’s okay, we still believe that playing habulan or patintero under the sun is so important (for physical strength and social skills!). That and because as we get older, the more we miss our childhood. Batang 90s, here’s a list of games we used to play and were seriously once good at. Pass it on to the kids—your own or your pamangkins—and let the fun begin!

 

Habulan

One of the many Pinoy versions of tag. The rules are pretty simple, “Maiba, taya!” and run as fast as you can, and tag the next person.

 

 

Patintero

Similar to tag, one will need to pass through a grid (actual or made up) without getting tagged by the opposing team. It’s like Crossy Road but without the cars and rivers!

 

 

Langit Lupa Impyerno

All you need to remember is that elevated areas are safe zones. Players need to leave their post intermittently though to give whoever’s it a chance to tag someone else.

 

 

Chinese Garter

Schoolgirls were experts at this! Also called 10-20, players need to be able to jump high. Flexibility is also a plus, especially when the garter reaches neck level!

 

 

Taguan

Or hide and seek in English is best played at night (for the spook factor!) It also tests one’s creative abilities and flexibility (ever tried hiding inside a maleta or duffel bag? One of our writers has).

 

 

Piko

To play, throw the pamato and hop through the grid, one foot per square, without landing on the line or on the square with the pamato.

 

 

Chinese Jackstones

This was huge back in grade school! In case you aren’t familiar with it, it’s like jackstones but played with small square beanbags instead. 

 

 

 

Feeling nostalgic yet? Cause we are!