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Aakku paakku vethala paakku (ஆக்கு பாக்கு வெத்தல பாக்கு)

Aakku paaku vethala paaku is the traditional rural game played by kids between 3 to 5 years. This game builds patience among the kids and teaches them the counting and pointing skills.

 

How to play

 

  • All the kids sit in a circle, keep their hands on the ground (palm facing the ground), and stretch their fingers.
  • A kid from the group starts the game by singing 
                      
    aakku paaku vethala paakku 
                      
    thaam thoom koyya 
                      
    asaka lakadi buska lakadi 
                      
    balasundaram enperu koya
    While singing one of his hand will be in the ground and the other hand will be used to point and count the hands of other players. For each word in the song one hand is counted for example while saying aakku one hand is counted. The count will go in clockwise direction.
  • The player has to close his finger if the song ends in his hand. Then the player again starts singing and counting
  • If the hand with closed finger is pointed for the second time then that kid’s hand should not be counted again (i.e. that hand should be taken out from the circle)
  • The game is continued until the number of hands is reduced to single.