Russian folk games and fun.

Russian folk games

In the life of the Russian people, folk games reflect the special features of the Slavic mentality, public structure and the general worldview

Russian folk games and fun

Russian folk games

For many centuries, Russian folk games have been part of both everyday life and the main fun in holidays and guilies.

In the life of the Russian people, the games reflected the special features of the Slavic mentality, public structure and a common worldview. They had great educational significance, demanded from the participants of the games and fun not only physical efforts, but also a remarkable mind, dexterity, cunning, presence of spirit in any situation, indefatigability and perseverance. Usually all games were held in the fresh air and open space, which undoubtedly contributed to the physical development of the younger generation, its hardening and preparing for difficult adulthood.

Russian folk fun

Russian games were diverse, both children and adults participated in them, who could afford to have fun in rare from hard work, competing in strength or dexterity, even though not much backing the gray everyday life.

Russian folk games can be conditionally divided into men's (“grandmothers”, “bast shoes”, “towns”, “taking the snow town”), children's (“okhoka”, “forty-thief”), collective (“burners”, “hide and seek” , “Skuchek”, “Hide and Humanitarian”, “Guide”).

Games and fun of the Russian people:



As an inventory for the game Grandmas used the purified bones of the lower permal joints of ungulates (cows, pigs, sheep) and one large bone used in the role of bits, usually for gravity, flooded with lead or cast iron. From two to ten children could participate in the game, each with their bat and several grandmothers. The playing field was drawn on a flat surface, bones (grandmas) were placed in a special window (grandmother) in a certain sequence, each of which had to be knocked out in a certain way. This is an emotional and exciting old Russian game that improved throwing skills, developed strength, speed, eye, brought up endurance and attention.



“Lapte” is a Russian folk team game in which the bat was used (it was a shovel -like, hence the name of the game) and the ball, it was held in an open natural space, divided into two sides: “city” and “con”, occupied by different commands. The game was that the player of one team was supposed to hit the ball batter to the enemy, so that he would fly away and run during this time to the “enemy” camp and back, so that you were not “moved” with the ball caught by the players of the team enemy. A successful run brought the team a point, who had more of them, he won. This game contributed to the rallying of people, developed a sense of strong partnership in them, mutual support, fidelity, and of course developed attentiveness and dexterity.


small towns

Gorodki (in other words Ryuhi, Chushki). In this game, from a certain distance, arranged “towns” were knocked out with a special bat on a lined area – figures from several wooden ingots made of birch, linden, beech, etc. The main task was to knock out 15 main figures, each of which had its own name, using the minimum number of throws. Figure-knocking competitions can be both individual and team. The game is exciting, requires dexterity and strength, endurance, accuracy and excellent coordination of movements.



In ancient times, not a single holiday was complete among young people without a cheerful, wise and very meaningful game Brook, in which such important feelings for young people were intertwined as choosing sympathy, fighting for one's love, testing the strength of feelings, jealousy, a magical touch on the hand your chosen one.

The participants in the game stood in pairs one after another, joined hands and raised them high above their heads, forming a long corridor of clasped hands. The player who did not get a pair passed inside a kind of stream corridor and, breaking a pair, took his chosen one or chosen one to the end of the corridor. The man left alone went to the beginning, choosing a new pair for himself. Thus, the “streamlet” is constantly in motion, the more people, the more fun and exciting the game.



Burners is a fun, mischievous and active game that develops attention and speed. The players were divided into pairs and stood in columns, the chosen leader stood with his back to them, not looking back. A line is drawn in front of him at some distance, the participants hummed a cheerful song “Burn, burn clearly” and at the end of it, on the word “run”, the couple opens their hands and runs to the line, and the driver must catch one of them until they close their hands behind the line . With the one caught, he becomes a couple, and his partner, left alone, becomes the next driver.

hide and seek

hide and seek

The game of Hide and Seek is a popular children's entertainment, characterized by gaiety, gambling and mobility, it contributes to the development of ingenuity, endurance and resourcefulness, and teaches to work in a team. You can play it both alone and as a team. They choose a driver who stands facing the wall and closes his eyes, the rest run away and hide, the driver must find them and call them by name.



The favorite fun game for very young children was the well-known “Ladushki”, designed to amuse the child, interest him in funny rhymes, accompanied by hand and head movements, clapping, and fascinating facial expressions. This game develops fine motor skills of hands and coordination of movements well, teaches communication skills and, of course, brings a lot of positive emotions to the baby.

Taking the snow town

snow town

The Capture of the Snow Town is a traditional winter fun of the Russian people, which was part of the daring games at Maslenitsa.The “town” (it consisted of two walls with a gate decorated with a figurine of a rooster, a bottle and a glass) was built of snow in an open space (in a field or in a square), poured over with water to make it more impregnable.

Two teams participated in the game, usually consisting of young strong guys, one was “besieged”, they were inside the snow fortress, the other “besiegers”, they attacked in order to capture the snowy town and destroy it (by the way, they were allowed to be on horseback). The defenders of the town (they were on foot) defended themselves with the help of branches and panicles, covered the attackers with snow with shovels and threw snowballs at them. The first one to burst into the gates of the snow fortress was considered the winner. Such entertainments were distinguished by unbridled prowess, fun and desperate recklessness.

The Russian people came up with games and fun with care and love for their children, hoping that with their help they would not only spend their free time fun and healthy, but also become fast, dexterous and strong, learn to communicate with each other, appreciate friendship , come to the rescue, be honest and not be afraid of difficulties, firmly believing in oneself and the help of friends.