Vietnam folk games have been formed and existed for a long time. They are more than entertainment, they contain Vietnamese culture. Bamboo jacks, the game of the dragon and snake, blind man’s buff, the game of squares and so on are very interesting and useful. However, folk games are being gradually lost. Children are at a disadvantage, if they don’t have a chance to play them. So it is very important to introduce and develop folk games to the children and everybody as well.
1/ The origin of Vietnam folk games:
Vietnam folk games have been created and developed naturally through daily activities in the countryside. They are usually simple, easy to join and cheap, so we can play them anytime, anywhere. Small areas can be used for marbles, skipping rope, bamboo jacks (passing a ball from hand to hand with bamboo sticks) and shuttlecock kicking. Finding and making tools to play are also easy. Most of them are taken from the wild. With just some stones picking on the road, you can play the game of Squares .If you want to play Bamboo jacks, you just need to have your parents sharpen some bamboo sticks for you or you can use some chopsticks to play. You can even play a game without anything. Children often play Blind man’s bluff or the game of the Dragon-Snake while leading the buffalo to the field. After a day of hard work, the farmers gather with their family at the front yard to relax, enjoy the fresh atmosphere. The adults talk about their daily activities, crops and the future. The children play folk games together. Folk games are not just for entertainment, they help develop creativity while improving children’s health and attitudes towards friends, family and the country.
On the other hand, Vietnam folk games derived from the special poems, which are one of the most unique literature types of ethnic. Most folk games are accompanied by songs, which are passed down orally among children. Each game has an individual song to illustrate