Ceylonese girls throw dice to determine their fortunes in a garden game of Snakes and Ladders.


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Looking through the book ‘Games of the World’ by Unicef, I pondered the days when things were simple with no technological devices as amusement. Children seemed to intrinsically occupy themselves with very uncomplicated play tools such as marbles, potato sacks, and ropes, to basic handmade board games and wood stilts. Here are some inspiring images to remind us of the contentment, joy, and engagement that children hold with the simplicities of play.



Yemeni children would join their friends for a game of Caroms — or as they call it, Kairam — after they have finished helping their parents in the marketplace.



An Inuit man and child are individually focused on the game of Cat’s Cradle — stringing figures, as an aid to the memory of keeping past legendary Inuit stories alive.



A trio of Potato-Sack racers approach the finish line at a holiday event in Germany.



Two Nepali children race their hoops in a courtyard backed by temple buildings, in Bhaktapur.



Children chant rhymes as they jump the rope in a town of La Mancha, Spain.



A child plays a game of marbles on a village street in Columbia.



In a stilt game at Bandung, Java, cakes and candies are hung from a cord. The children must keep their balance on stilts while trying — without using their hands — to bite off a tempting mouthful.