SEMARANG. In this age of electronic games and hi tech toys, we often forget that it is often the simplest of inventions that can entertain a child for a long period of time. Although state-of-the-art, high tech computer games are available in Indonesia, such as the ever-popular game cubes, smart phone and iPad game apps, these modern inventions are not affordable for the majority of the population. These games would only be found in the homes of middle to upper class families.
Amongst the economically disadvantaged in society, it is often hard for parents to make enough money to feed their family, so toys are often quite simple or something that has been made by the parent. Fortunately, traditional toys are not expensive and are fun! The toys and the games that are described below are commonly seen and played by Indonesian children today.
Therefore, RZ invited 140 students of SD Juara Semarang to play some traditional games on Tuesday morning (21/4).
In this opportunity, they played some traditional games such as bentengan, lompat tali, sulamanda, gobak sodor, bentik, wayang, mbatik at their school’s yard with teachers.
Ivan Supangat, Formal Education Supervisor of IJF, said that those activities were initiated to revive the culture of Indonesia and traditional games that began to disappear due to modern games. ***