Children's Game Caravan

Children's Game Caravan

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the secretariat of III World Nomad Games are inviting all guests to play children’s nomad games on 2-6 September at Kyrchyn village.

Children's Game Caravan

Over 5,000 children, parents and caregivers in each oblast in the Kyrgyz Republic took part in Caravan of Children's Games,  which was organized by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF),  the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ministry of Culture of the Kyrgyz Republic in cooperation with the Secretariat of the III World Nomad Games. The journey of Caravan has started in Kant and continued to Cholpon-Ata, Karakol, Kochkor, Naryn, Talas, Bakay-Ata, Suzak, Bazar-Korgon, Osh, Aravan, Batken, Isfana, and Bishkek.

During the Caravan of Children's Games participants played national kyrgyz games. The list of the games with rules is available here  (in Russian). These are 25 games that parents can take as a guide on how to spend time with their children to support their development. In traditional nomad games, there is everything for successful child development. The accessibility and expressiveness of ethno games provoke  child's physical, emotional and congnitive development. 

“There are over 2 million children in Kyrgyzstan. It is important that young generation knows their culture and history. Game is a unique tool for the rebirth of nomad culture. Ethno games have a huge humanitarian and pedagogical potential and value, which should be shared with children”, said Ayjan Abdesova, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the III World Nomad Games. 

Ethno games are not just a cultural and historical heritage; they are also the most universal means for comprehensive development of individuals. Accompanying the child from the birth, they are presented in almost all spheres of human activity.

At present, the task of preserving national traditions, engendering a national sense of identity, multifaceted development of children is of the greatest urgency. To address these issues it is necessary to turn to the ethno games.

These games have absorbed the best national traditions. They clearly reflect the people’s ways of living, their work, life, and national traditions.

To use the folk games properly, it is necessary to clearly understand objectives of this activity:

*         Expansion of cultural boundaries.

*         Activation of the child's mental activity.

*         Development of memory, speech skill, and imagination.

*         Fostering respectful attitude towards cultural heritage ofpeople.

The accessibility and expressiveness of folk games promote children to think, expand their ideas about surrounding world, and develop the mental processes.

The ethno games have everything in them: folklore text, music dynamic actions, and excitement.

At the same time, they have strictly defined rules, and each player is getting accustomed to joint and concerted actions, and to respect all accepted game conditions.

Use of the ethno games with children allow us to convey information about identity of the people, peculiarity of their traditions and language, and to form an interest in folk culture and customs.

The pedagogical potential of the national games lies in the multidimensional relevance and universality of this type of activity aimed at recreation and  assimilation of social experience, which enrich the ways of thinking about the world, emotional attitudes, and also personal behaviour in relation to a native homeland, family, and traditions.

For more information please visit UNICEF Kyrgyzstan website

Chilren's Ethno Games at Kyrchyn 

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is inviting children and adults to play traditional children’s ethno games at Kyrchyn village (Issyk-Kul) taking place on 3-6 September in the framework of III World Nomad Games (WNG). Over 25 nomad games for children and families have been selected to engage parents encouraging them to spend more time with their children and support their development.


“Thanking to our successful partnership with III World Nomad Games’ Secretariat we were able to bring joy and play with so many children, adolescents and parents from all over Kyrgyzstan this year. We are very happy and proud of it! Because playing is universal in ensuring children’s cognitive, physical and emotional development. And now we are welcoming all guests of these Third World Nomad Games to visit our yurts at Kyrchyn and learn traditional children’s games of nomads. Let’s play together!” – says Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan.