Athuru Mithuru – Sri Lanka

Athuru Mithuru  Asia  Sri Lanka  Counting out Rhymes game No props N.o.p.:10
A group of 10 girls are sitting on their knees with both hands on the ground making a circle.
One girls starts a text and when that is finished she stops at a certain hand. I fit stops at your hand you must withdraw your hand, so then the game starts again. The girl who will have her hand touched as the last person will be  the winner.
Originally this game was used as preliminary counting out rhyme, but has become a game itself.
Director/camera: Jules Oosterwegel  Editor: Timo Gilhuis  Shooting date: 2016

Cham Lok Lak – Cambodia

Cham Lok Lak Asia Cambodia Counting out Rhymes game No props N.o.p.: 6
Children stand in a circle and one child has his hand in an open position like he gets something. And that he does: all the surrounding children are pushing their forefinger in his hand while reciting some rhyme. At the end of the rhyme the boy who holds his hand ‘open’ must try to catch one of the many fingers. If he succeeds, it’s the boy’s turn who is caught. Before any game can begin, it is very important for children to choose who will be ‘it’ or ‘on’. But in many places nowadays this ‘pre-play’  counting out has become a game in itself.
Director/camera: Jules Oosterwegel Editor: Timo Gilhuis Shooting date: 2015

Paper Scissors Rock – New Zealand

Paper, Scissors, Rock Oceania New Zealand Counting out rhymes No props N.o.p.: 2
A boy and girl are playing this game and the rules are: rock wins against scissors, scissors wins against paper and paper wins against rock. When they start, both children must know the rules and play it fair. They must count how much times they were the winner, which they mostly remember well.

Director/camera: Jules Oosterwegel
Editor: Timo Gilhuis
Shooting date: 2004