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The activity ‘Playing games of the past in the present’ will pass through Macael

The activity 'Playing games of the past in the present' will pass through Macael
This initiative encourages children to learn about traditional games.

The Provincial Council of Almeria disseminates popular traditions among children in Almeria with the activity ‘Playing games of the past in the present’. This proposal is part of the Rural Tradition project of the 2.0 Families reconnected planning of the Family Area of the Provincial Institution and, with it, it is intended to promote the cultural legacy among the new generations of the games of a lifetime.

In total, this activity will reach eleven municipalities. The programme has already visited the towns of Alhabia, Zurgena, Serón, Alhama de Almería, María, Partaloa, Alcolea, Turre and, later, Macael, Nacimiento and Mojácar. To date, more than 350 children have participated in ‘Playing games of the past in the present’, enjoying games played by their parents and grandparents.

The recreational activity allows the young participants to learn about and have fun with popular games such as handkerchief, giant parcheesi, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, maze, games with skipping rope or rope-pulls, musical chairs, mouse that catches the cat, and other dynamic games such as pilla-pilla, cuba libre, one two three English chocolate…

One of the last municipalities in which this proposal has been carried out has been in María. Its mayor and provincial deputy, José Antonio García, attended the day and was able to see how much fun the children of this municipality of Los Vélez were having: “It was a very fun day and the families are very excited to see how their little ones are having a great time with traditional games that many of them didn’t even know about. It allows them to spend some active leisure time away from screens for a while,” she said.

For her part, the Deputy for Equality and Family, Carmen Belén López, explained that, as well as offering the municipalities, especially the smallest ones, a quality activity that makes the summer more dynamic in the towns, “we want to encourage children to learn about this type of participative and simple games that awaken their imagination and encourage them to be active”.
During the celebration of each day, in addition to the games, the game boards have been painted in the outdoor space, such as the parcheesi board, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, maze… The games are played with the help of toys that can be easily obtained or resources from nature such as stones, branches, earth…

 

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