What Was Your Favorite Childhood Game?

What was your Favorite childhood games as a 90s kid? If I remember my childhood, we didn’t have so many expensive toys or mobile phones but still it was joyful and unforgettable. We used to play a lot of indoor and outdoor games with our friends, siblings, cousins and relatives. Kids today are busy learnings new things by doing a lot of creative activities but they can not understand the joy of playing outside with friends.

Why Games Are Important In Our Life?

There’s an old saying  ‘healthy mind lives in a healthy body‘. Regular exercise boosts brain power of young adults. It improves blood flow to the brain that could help build new brain cells. Playing games and sports are beneficial both for kids as well as for adults.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“. If we are continuously working without any kind of excitement and play, life will be so boring and dull. These days kids are always busy in various kinds of activities, arts, crafts or mobile games.

When we were in school, we used to reach there before the actual school timings. So that we could get some time to play with our friends. During interval or recess also, after finishing our tiffins, we used to go straight to the playgrounds. Sports and games play a vital role in the overall development of a human being. It makes us physically and mentally strong.

Games of the 80’s and 90’s

I am sharing a few indoor and outdoor Indian childhood games here, which we used to play.


When it comes to Favorite childhood games as a 90s kid Stapoo is definitely among the top for me. As a 90s childhood kid this game was so fun as a kid. It’s a popular outdoor game. This game can be played by any number of players taking turns in a pre defined sequence.

How To Play:-

Stapoo is made with boxes and numbers written inside the boxes from number 1 to number 10. Take a small flat stone. The stone must land within the confines of the square. The player hops through the court, landing on one foot in single squares and both feet in double squares. At the end of the course, the player turns around and moves back to the beginning, stopping to pick up the stone on the way back.

Who wins in this game:-

The player loses a chance to play every time he or she is unable to throw the stone within the designated area of the square, or if they lose balance. She/he will start in their turn from where they had stopped in his last turn. The first player to move the stone through the entire grid wins the game.

2. Raja Mantri Chor Sipahi(kingMinister , thief & police)

It is a type of role-playing game that is a popular pastime in India. It involves four players—each player takes up the role of either the kingMinister , thief or soldier(police) — and the Minister (Mantri) has to guess the identity of the thief.

How To Play:-

There are 4 chits. The points assigned to king is 1000, to minister is 800, to police is 500 and to thief its 0. All the four chits are folded. A player collects all the chits and throws them on the board. Each player picks one chit. The player who gets King chit asks other players “Who’s my minister?” The player holding the minister chit shows his chit to everyone and says “I am the minster.”

Rules To Score Points

The king orders him to differentiate between police and thief. The minister points towards one of the persons holding thief and police chits saying that the person is a thief. The person holding the thief chit shows his chit to everyone. If minister’s judgement is wrong, he will exchange his chit with thief. That means the thief will now get 800 points and the minister will get 0 points. Everyone’s points are noted on a separate chart. The game goes like this.

Who wins in this game:-

Several rounds of this game are played before counting the points. The person with the highest points becomes the winner.

3. NamePlaceAnimalThing

It used to be one of our favorite word games that we played in our school notebooks.

How To Play:-

Suppose if 4 people are playing- A,B,C and D. A asks B to start. That means B will count the letters of the alphabet in his/her mind till A asks B to stop. B then lets everyone know of the letter he stopped at. Now everyone has 10 -15 seconds to write down a name, a place, an animal and a thing – such that everything begins with the same letter B mentioned.

Then all the entries are tallied – unique entries get 10 points and common entries get 5 points. If you miss a column, you get no points.

Who wins in this game:-

The game goes on for a few rounds with different people selecting letters like in step 1 and the person with the highest score at the end wins.

4. Dots and boxes

Dots and boxes is a great indoor game that kids can play instantly with just a pen and paper. The object of the game is to have most points.

How To Play:-

On a piece of paper, draw a grid of dots. You and your opponent take turns drawing horizontal or vertical lines to connect the boxes. When someone draws a line that completes a box, you write your initial inside to win the box.

Who wins in this game:-

Once all the dots have been connected, you can count up the boxes and find the winner. whoever “owns” the most boxes at the end of the game wins.

5. Marbles (Kancha)

Marbles is a game played with small, round glass balls called marbles. The rules are made up by the players, and there are many variations. One standard idea is to have a target marble. Players flick their marbles with their thumbnail, and try to hit the target.

6. Tug of war 

Tug of war (also known as tug o’ wartug war, rope war, rope pulling, or tugging waris a sport that pits two teams against each other in a test of strength: teams pull on opposite ends of a rope, with the goal being to bring the rope a certain distance in one direction against the force of the opposing team’s pull.

7. Tictactoe

There is hardly any child whose favorite childhood games as a 90s kid is not Tic-Tac-Toe. Also known as Noughts and Crosses, X’s & O’s.

Tic,Tac, Toe is usually played on a grid of 3-by-3 squares. The object of the game is to be the first player to draw three Xs or three Os in a row.

The player who succeeds in placing three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row is the winner.

8. Hopping(Skipping)

Jumping rope is a full-body workout. It burns many calories in a short time. Skipping games are also a great social activity.

skipping rope  or jump rope  is a tool used in the sport of skipping/jump rope where one or more participants jump over a rope swung so that it passes under their feet and over their heads.

9. Oonch Neech (or Oonch Neech ka Papada) 

 This is a popular group game played by young children aged 3 – 8 year olds in uneven open spaces. Oonch means a surface which is comparatively higher and Neech means a lower surface.

Basically there is one person who is essentially the catcher. The catcher will either choose “Oonch” which means higher ground or “Neech” which means lower ground. Once he chooses up he cannot step down and at the same time he cannot let the others step on his area.

10. Hide-and-seek

Hide-and-seek is a popular children’s game in which at least two players conceal themselves in a set environment, to be found by one or more seekers. The game is played by one player chosen closing their eyes and counting to a predetermined number while the other players hide.

I hope you liked my post “Favorite childhood games as a 90s kid” and it made you nostalgic too. Just try these games with your children and have lots of fun and family time.

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