“Nerdy Littles” Series, Part 2: 10 Street Games to Play with Your Little!

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Good Afternoon Friends!

Today’s blog post was inspired by my husband who hails from the Philippines. One of the things that I love about being married to a Filipino is that he is resourceful as can be! 🙂 Whenever our daughter begins to get bored he will remind her that “back home we used to play with cans and flip flops!”. It makes me grin. So, upon further digging, I found 10 street games that you can do easily in Little Space that cost next to nothing. If you don’t want to run out and buy some retro games, try these instead!

I. Kariling (tire racing) 

With an old bicycle tire and your hand you are set to play this game. The concept is simple: smack the tire with your hand as you race along to keep it upright and head towards the finish line. The person to get their tire across the finish line first, wins! Here’s a video I found of a man learning to play kariling. 🙂

II. Tumbang Preso (Knock the cans over)

This game is so fun and much more difficult than it looks. Grab a stack of old tin cans and a pair of flip flops. Place the cans stacked on top of each other in a tower. Then try to throw your sandal at the tower and knock them down. This easy street game will keep your Little occupied and laughing for a solid hour.


III. Luksong Baka (Leap frog) 

Begin by having your dominant crouch down on the ground as you hop over them. Each time they stand up a little more… then a little more…. until you can’t hop over them anymore! See how high you can leap frog over them. 🙂


IV. Piko (Hopscotch) 

Grab some inexpensive sidewalk chalk and have your Little draw out a hopscotch. With nothing more than a stone and some chalk you have a fun game to play together outside.


V. Chinese Garter: 

For this game, tie one end of a rope (or garter) to the wall and have your dominant hold the other end while starting out close to the ground. Begin by hopping over the rope from one side to the other. Gradually you increase the height of the rope until you can’t jump over anymore. Then switch turns! 🙂


VI. Langit Lupa (The Floor is Lava) 

This is a great indoor game to play with your Little. Pretend the floor is lava! Have them crawl around the living room, and across the furniture as they try to avoid the floor. Meanwhile, the dominant tries to tag them. Switch and take turns.


VII. SawSaw Suka (A Hand Grabbing Game) 

Have you ever played the “flinch” game? If so, it’s similar to that. Basically SawSaw Suka refers to your pointer finger being like a piece of food. Your partners palm is the vinegar that you’re “dipping” (poking) your finger upon. There’s a chant that is sung in Tagalog, but I’ll give you the English version. 😉 You sing:

Dip it in the vinegar… don’t get caught!

As you’re tapping your partners palm with each word, once the song is done they try to snatch your finger. Then you switch and take turns.

VIII. Sangkayaw (Coconut Shell Race) 

Now, turning a coconut shell into a race toy might not be up your alley. But thankfully these Bucket Stilts on Amazon for $11.99 USD do the exact same thing and are ready to be played with by you and your Little. Simply hop up on these bucket stilts, pull the rope taut, and walk!


IX. Jack-Stone (Jacks) 

Hey! One of the retro games made it onto this list, and it’s no surprise really because jacks has been around for a very long time. That, and they are incredibly cheap to purchase. Simply bounce the ball, scoop up some jacks, and catch the ball before it hits the ground again. You and your Little one will definitely love this street game.


X. Tagu-Taguan (Hide and Seek) 

This game is a blast to play as Cg/l. Why? Because as Littles we can hide in the nooks and crannies of our homes and let our Daddy or Mommy come and find us! (Bonus points if you tickle us too, hehe!)


Alright my friends, that’s it from me for this post. I hope you all enjoyed it. If you did, hit that like button. Smash that follow button if you’re new around here, and I will see you back here for the next topic!

Much love,

~Kitten/Punkin xx


  1. Loved this, and how many of the games are the same, regardless of the culture. Or, maybe it was just because I grew up on an island with a healthy mix of Filipinos. Who knows? But, these bring back a lot of memories. Especially the tire game and the lava game. Great job, Punkin’!

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