Worldwide Games

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Children everywhere love to play games. In this collection of worldwide games, you can find kids games from every continent of the world.


It is quite amazing how many worldwide games are common to children everywhere. If there is one thing that is widespread throughout the entire world it's that children love to play games. Playing marbles, jacks and hopscotch seems to be universal favourite games with maybe a few variations here and there.

We hope you enjoy this selection of international children's games representing a wide range of countries and continents. So go gather a few friends and family members together and have fun playing international games from around the world.

Just scroll down the page or click here if you've got a particular continent in mind.
Africa  ||  Australasia  ||  South America
Asia  ||  North America  ||  Europe

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Games children play in Africa

Africa is an enormous continent made up of many countries. Many African children enjoy playing with toys that they have made themselves such as trucks made from wood, tin cans and wire. They also enjoy the universally played games such as kickball, soccer and basketball. Girls enjoy playing with skipping ropes and dolls.

Here are a few African games that we may not be so familiar with. Click on each game for instructions on how to play the game.

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Games children play in Australasia

Australia is the largest island in the world and a continent all on its own. Along with New Zealand and Papua New Guinea it makes up an area known as Australasia.

White Australians and New Zealanders play the typical western games popular with American and British children. However, the Australian Aboriginal people (Kooris) have a rich heritage of their own wonderful traditional games played primarily before the colonisation of Australia. These games have had a recent surge in popularity as attempts have been made to revive the traditional games. Similarly the Maoris of New Zealand have games which are traditional to their culture. The people of Papua New Guinea have continued to wonderfully preserve the traditions and games of their people and culture.

Here are several traditional worldwide games from Australasia. Click on each game for instructions on how to play the game.

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Games children play in South America

South America is the fourth largest continent in area and the fifth largest continent in population. It is also home to the world's largest tropical rainforest located in the Amazon River Basin. Here are a few favourite worldwide games played in South America. Click on each game for instructions on how to play the game.

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Games Children Play in Asia

Asia has the privilege of being the largest continent on earth. It can also boast the highest place on earth (Mount Everest) and the lowest place on earth (the Dead Sea). What a wonderful land of diversity! Here are a few favourite worldwide games played throughout Asia.

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Games Children Play in North America

Did you know that North America is the only continent that has every kind of climate? There's the freezing cold of the Arctic right down to the constant humid heat of the Tropics. The children in North America enjoy a variety of fun games. Here are a few of their favourites as well as some traditional games.

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Games Children Play in Europe

47 countries which make up the massive continent of Europe. It can claim to have the largest country in the world (Russia) and the smallest country (Vatican City). European children enjoy a wide variety of games, many of which are unique to their own country. Here are a few of their favourites.

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