10 cold-weather kids’ games from around the world

Children won’t see these competitions at the Winter Olympics, but the activities will get them outside—and just might introduce them to new cultures.

Most kids watching the Winter Olympics probably aren’t participating in freestyle skiing or speed skating. But athletes who compete in winter sports come from countries that have plenty of other games children can play.

These outdoor kids’ games from around the world might actually sound familiar—many are slightly different versions of things your children probably already know. By introducing play from other cultures, you’ll help spark your child’s curiosity about the world—and maybe increase their empathy toward other people. Plus, these outdoor activities can go a long way in busting winter boredom. Gold medals all around!

Lǎoyīng zhuō xiǎo jī (China): This traditional Chinese game (which basically means “eagle catches chicks”) is based on a folktale about how two animals became mortal enemies. Luckily, the game is far less intense.

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