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Guess Word

At first you must draw a square with 16 hutches in it. In first line in two last hutches you must put the end of any word. Who writes four words with the same ending faster than other that one is the winner.

Teacher: Elena Khrestyanovskaya
School  27, Astana, Kazakhstan

BAYGA* Horse races

Players in pairs (horse and horseman) stand on the start line. They must not prevent one another. The first player (a horse) pulls his hands back down. The second (horseman) takes the first's hands and in this position they run to the finish line. A horseman, who runs to finish first, must jump and get a handkerchief, which is on the stick near the finish line. Game's rules: the race begins only after signal. Handkerchief is got only by a horseman.

JEBESHKEK BUKENDER *Sticky tree-stump

Three or four players sit on the knees. They must sit far away from one another. They are sticky tree-stumps. Another players run on the playground. They try not to come near to the tree-stumps who try to touch the running children. The child, who is touched by tree-stumps, becomes a sticky tree-stump.
GAME'S RULES: the sticky tree-stumps must not leave their places.

This game is played in spring and summer in the big open square (on New Year's day and on First Day of spring).


Players gather near the fire, bring firewood (sticks and branches), and make the fire. Children stay in 10 metres from the fire. When the signal is given players one by one jump over the fire. Everybody tries not to move fire woods.
Game's rules: Jump only one by one. Don't move the fire on purpose. One loses who doesn't jump.


Hunter stays in 4-5 metres from wolf (wolf's figure is cut from cardboard or plywood). He must get in running wolf with ball. Two players hold the figure by the ropes and move it to the right or to the left.
Game's rules: Players must throw the ball in definite distance.

Ainura Zhakupova, Tatyana Karmak
School-Lyceum 35, Uralsk, Kazakhstan.
Teacher coordinator: Larisa Seleznyova

The Main Kazakh National Games

"Kyz Kuu" is "Run Down a Girl" Game

The rules of the game are such as these: a fellow and a girl mount on their horses and the girl begin to ride full speed away from the fellow and he has to catch her up. They ride either for a limited time or on a limited area. If the fellow don't catch the girl he will lose the game, and she (girl) has to thong him with the whip (but without force). And if the fellow catch the girl he will have right to kiss her. It's a very merry game. The players must be able to ride well at a high speed.

"Kazakhsha   kures"-  The  Kazakh  Wrestling

Broadly speaking this game is like other types of wrestling, but there are some special rules. The wrestling demands very high endurance and power from the fighters. "Kazaksha kures"- one of the most interesting shows for people.

"Kokpar" Game

The rules consist of the following: several fellows on their horses take away the killed sheep or the he-goat from each other. That boy, who takes away the sheep from the others, has to ride away from them. The competition goes on the definite distance.  "Kokpar" is the examination for boldness, endurance and riding skill. Also it is important to ride on a good horse in the game.

"Aytis" The Oral Tournament

Any two men, man or woman it's not important, who can sing and play dombra well sit down  near  each other and begin to improvise- to make fun of each other, and people listen to them and  laugh. If the singers are tired, the public value whose jokes were the best. The winner gets price. 

"Kumis alu"-"Taking Silver"

It is a game, which demands skill and perfect horse riding. The game is played at the bridegroom's wedding party or at the seeing-off party of the bride. The bride ties up her silver ring in a handkerchief and throw it out on the ground. The fellow, riding on a horse has to take this handkerchief not reducing speed of the horse. I must say there is a national custom: the bride opens her face only at the wedding. And the fellow, who could take the ring can introduce the bride ti the guests (open her face). It is a very honourable deal to open her face.


We must stretch a string and hang on it the other string of different length with some knick-knacks, some little presents. It can be eraser, pen, market, sweets, crumpled piece of paper for joke, etc. One of the players ties up his eyes, take a scissors and then he has to cut one of this hanging things. If he failed, he will lose the game, without repeated attempt. But if he succeeds to cut the chosen string, he will leave the present for himself and try again. It is a very funny game.

"Eger..." "If..."

It is a game for a group of people. The leader of the game pronounces loudly "if..." and one of the players has to continue the sentence whispering his thought in the leader's ear. Then the leader pronounces loudly "then..." and the other player has to finish the sentence. After that, when the leader compile the beginning and the end, he announce it. The sentences always appear to be funny. For instance: Leader: "If..." The first player: "it is snows..." The second player; "I shall go for a trip." And so on. This game, I think, is for small children.

"Tasimaldau"-"Carrying Over"

Four chairs are placed in such manner: 
Chair___3-4 metres___Chair 
Chair_.._3-4 metres___Chair
The leader chooses two players-volunteers and explains them the rules. The rules are such: the players with tied eyes have to carry over 10 spoons -the spoons lie on two chairs at one side- to the other chairs, five spoons for each player. Payer can put a spoon only on his (choosen) chairs. That player, who the first carried over all his spoons without any mistake, is a winner. And he get a price, of course.

Beysebaev Daniyar
Teacher coordinator Galina Kabulova
School 7, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Lianga Game
Two and more people can play this game. Lianga is made from piece lead, 20-30 g, attached to the small piece of wool, d=5-6 cm. Each player stuffs leg. Wins the one, beat more.

В лянгу могут играть два и более человек. Лянга делается из кусочка свинца 20-30грамм., прикреплённому к небольшому куску шерсти, d=5- 6 cm. Каждый игрок набивает ступнёй ноги. Выигрывает тот, кто набил больше.

С уважением

Eugene, Alex and Vladimir
School 20 Shymkent, Kazkstan 
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