April 11, 2024

Old School Games of Singapore

When we were in Tekka Place in Little India, I found these walls covered with details of Old School games of Singapore. Not only the walls, but the floor area also allows children to play some of the games such as Airplane chess.

Tekka Place Little India

Though I planned to write another post for this week, last week suddenly my phone was faulty. I couldn’t switch on it after it suddenly appear with a black screen. That doesn’t impact me much negatively as I mostly use the phone for calls, messages, checking emails, and photos only. I found that I could stay away without a phone but I still wanted a phone to call my husband, parents, and family members. On the other hand, my photos on the phone! I wanted to download the latest photos to the laptop and I couldn’t. Finally, I couldn’t write a blog post for this week until today. Anyway, during the weekend, I bought a new phone too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Old School Games of Singapore
Old School Games of Singapore

Thanks ladies for sharing your thoughts, experiences, and advice on my son’s drawings when I shared a post asking about observational drawings. I got my doubts cleared and I believe my son will enhance his drawing skills in his way. He happily draws when he is at home after the school.


These photos are from Tekka Place which is a shopping mall in Little India, Singapore. I found simply this shopping mall is a place that preserves art and culture. I found that there are art and crafts shops in Tekka Place and I enjoy my time looking at the artistic creativity while I am there.


I don’t write about old school games of Singapore simply these photos explain that all. Not only Singapore, but these traditional games are also popular and common in most Asian countries.

Old School Games of Singapore

Every time we visit this shopping mall, my son doesn’t forget to go to this place and run around and play at least for a few minutes.


I also like the wall and floor designs of this mall. Those are with random tile designs. And, I captured another photo of a green wall. But, it was done with artificial plants. Though I admire natural green walls, I found this artificial green wall is beautiful too. So I have photos for the blog.


Singapore Food: Appam (Hoppers)

Appam from a food stall @Tekka Centre

When we are in Little India, we don’t forget to taste these delicious appams. On this day too, we had appam and I could capture a photo. Appam is a kind of lacy pancake. It is a food that originated in South India. It is popular in Singapore and is mostly served with sugar and fresh coconut. But, Appam is one of the Sri Lankan snacks too. In Sri Lanka, we eat Appam with a curry or chili paste because of our spicy taste buds. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, though it is served with sugar in Singapore, we also buy a curry to match our taste. A tea (Teh Tarik) with this meal satisfies our taste buds! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now it is your turn. Do you like old-school games? What traditional games did you play as a child? Do you like to share such memories with us? Please share your thoughts.

Check these Pongal craft activities for preschoolers too. It is another post with pongal day activities for kids.

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog. She shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences of raising a child in Singapore.

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15 thoughts on “Old School Games of Singapore

  1. I used to love to play games. I still do, although my husband isn’t really much of a game player. I like the card game cribbage, which is played with not only cards but also with a board. And for board games I always loved Clue and Battleship. I did recognize the game pick up sticks in your photos, but not the others. This looks like such an interesting mall with these games. Sorry about your phone, but a new phone is always fun. I hope you have a wonderful T day and week ahead. hugs-Erika

  2. Good morning I enjoyed your post today-am not familiar with those floor games but they sound fun for children-great idea to have them for the kids to play.
    Your food looks delicious-especially the pancake.
    Happy T

  3. I remember pick up sticks. I can remember the long can they came in. I haven’t seen them in ages. I also played Monopoly, Checkers, Scrabble, The Game of Life, Twister, Parcheesi… Fun times ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You have beautiful play area in your mall. Games we used to play in school were 4 square, hopscotch, and tag. I can’t remember many other games except when it came to gym class. Elementary school seems like SO long ago.
    The food looks delicious.
    Happy Tea Day,

  5. Sorry I am so late visiting. I now have four cats and two households to take care of, and last night I visited Sally at the hospital till they threw me out. She finally got a room late last night. Before that she was stuck in the ER on a cot.

    Sorry to read about your phone. Tekka Place sounds wonderful for young people. Your son looked like he was having fun. Lots of games he could play. It was great you took him to this place to learn about them.

    When I was a child, I played with the boys. We rode bikes and climbed trees. Those were our games.

    Your lovely lacy appams look lovely. I’ll stay with the sugar and you can have the curry. Your tea looks great with it, too. Thanks for taking us to Tekka Center and sharing your appams and tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Amila.

  6. I loved reading about the old school games. Thank you for sharing. It looks like a lovely place to go, and I would play, too. Happy T Day. Oh, that lacy pancake looks yummy.

  7. Reading about the Old School Games was fun. I played Pick Up sticks as a child. The sticks were made from plastic. I seem to remember a black stick which you were allowed to try to move a stick to pick it up. We played a game called Jacks which had metal piece and a ball. You bounced the ball and had to pick up the jacks one at a time, then two at a time. Parcheesi was a favorite game as was Chinese checkers. Such a fun post. Happy T Day

  8. I loved to see the Old School Games, We used to play Snobs which was similar to Jacks , Our GS loves board games so we have a few here for when he visits, mainly Uno but we’ve jsut bought Othello and childrens Monopoly which thankfully is a much shorter game than the original.
    Happy T Day Jan S

  9. More nostalgia (after just reading about Tupperware). What a lovely shopping mall. I grew up with one sister and we would often play Ludo (similar to your airport game). Because of the cold climate in the Netherlands, we had a culture of board games in the winter. We played all the classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble. There was also a general knowledge game with question and answers called Electra. You held a metal pointer to the answer and it would light up if it was right. (it worked on batteries).
    Happy belated T-Day,

  10. Glad to hear that you got a new phone. It’s frustrating when something you rely on stops working!
    Love the floor game how fun.
    I have never heard of Appams before, but I do love curry and Appams sound a perfect side dish for this!
    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely week Amila. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What a fabulous idea to include old school games in a shopping mall. It turns a boring place for children to visit into a fun experience ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. I did many old games including some of those in your post, pick up sticks, hop scotch, etc. Good old games don’t require a lot of money to play.

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