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Native Games to play with your family!

Ancient Living Games for a family fun night


Gone are the days when families used to spend their evenings playing games like snakes and ladders and other traditional games. With the advancement in technology, most children, and adults too are glued to their phones throughout the day. The virtual world is almost inseparable from reality as people spend hours of precious time constantly playing video games and scrolling through social media.

Native games give us a chance to go back to a more simple time where having fun and bonding with your family was all we looked forwards too. Summer vacations playing Ashta Chamma with your grandparents is not just a distant memory with Ancient Living’s Collection of Native Games.

These games are designed for maximum fun while inculcating life and technical skills and are suitable for people and children of all ages. Here are a few native games you absolutely should play the next time with your family!

Astha Chamma

Astha Chamma is a beloved board game that takes you on a nostalgic trip of playing with cowry shells and dice. Similar to many other games, this is a more traditional and antique version of Ludo. Played with 2-4 players, it is an exciting game of chase and chance that involves maneuvering the counters assigned to you to make the fastest trip to the home square. Authentically played using cowrie shells instead of dice, this is a healthy competition and strategically designed game for the mind. It is known by numerous names such as Chauka Bara (Kannada), Daayam (Tamil), and Ashta Chamma (Telugu) This game inculcates the spirit of healthy competition, develops strategic skills and coordination in children, and overall is a fun game to play to spend your time!

Puli Meka

Puli Meka is an adventure board game that simulates a real hunt with its intense and thrilling twists featuring two players. The game stirs a power struggle between the hunter and the prey.

Three tigers are assigned to one player and a herd of fifteen goats to the other as they challenge each other in a battle royal. The winner is based on whether the herd of goats manages to vanquish the tigers, or the tiger proves that he is truly, the king of the jungle. It is known by numerous names such as Goats & Lions in English, Puli (Lion) Meka (Goats) in Telugu, Aadu Puli Aatam in Tamil, & Hulli Gatta in Kannada. It develops tactical skills, enhances sharp memory power, and requires keen observation and quick learning to grasp the nuance of this adventure game.


It is a fun folklore board game similar to Noughts & Crosses that puts your skills in strategy and planning to the test! It is generally played with two players. It is known by many names such as Navakankari in Sanskrit and Nine Men’s Morris Board in English. The primary aim of this strategy-alignment game is to get as many points as possible by positioning three coins in a row by making vertical or horizontal lines with three coins of one color. Every time this is achieved, one of the opponent’s coins is removed. The ultimate objective is to bring the opponent’s coins down to two or to block all the opponent’s moves, thus rendering the opponent unable to play and the winner declared. This strategic alignment game enhances planning, thinking, and problem-solving skills. It also helps teach children how to be strategical in an engaging way.

Gilli Danda

It is an outdoor game that requires efficient hand-eye coordination. It is known by numerous names such as Tipcat in English, Kittipul in Tamil, Chinni-Kolu in Kannada & Billam-Godu in Telugu. This game is played with two wooden sticks known as Gilli (shorter oval-shaped stick) and Danda (longer stick). The players stand in a small circle as the Gilli is balanced on the stone in an inclined way. The primary objective of the game is to hit the Gilli as hard as it can travel to a maximum distance from the striking point. The striker is ruled out if a fielder of the opponent’s team catches the Gilli while it’s in the air. This game cultivates the spirit of healthy competition, develops tactical skills, and improves hand-eye coordination in children, and overall is a fun outdoor game to play.

Vamana Guntalu

Vamana Guntalu is an age-old cherished board game that improves strategy & logical thinking. It is known by numerous names such as Pallankuli in Tamil, Alaguli Mane in Kannada, Kuzhipara in Malayalam & Satkoli in Marathi. This game is played on a wooden board consisting of five pits each in two rows, totaling 10 pits. The primary objective of the game is to capture more seeds than the opponent. At the beginning of a player’s turn, he selects a hole with seeds that will be sown around the board. This selection is limited to holes on the current player’s side of the board, as well as holes with a certain minimum number of seeds.


This native game is inspired by the invincible military tactic – Chakravyuham in Mahabharata. Chakra means spinning wheel while Vyuha means formation. It follows the same tactic in which the soldiers move in the formation of a spinning wheel, therefore the players ought to be alert and cautious since they can be attacked from any side. This game of strategy helps in developing logical thinking while exploring our deep-rooted history and culture. It improves observational skills and challenges the players to look out for dangers in all directions. This mind-stimulating legacy game develops creative thinking and imagination. It helps teach children how to be strategical in an engaging and fun way.

Benefits of Playing Native Games

  • They develop both the body and mind through exercise in an engaging way.
  • They prevent leading a sedentary lifestyle and keep children occupied.
  • They improve concentration, creativity, and memory.
  • These games also play a valuable role in relieving stress and help you unwind in a healthy way

Ancient Living Board Games is a fun way to bond with your loved ones and a chance to create memories together. These traditional Indian games trace back to our rich culture and heritage.

These native games are handcrafted with care using sustainable materials to give you an improved, fun experience while being environmentally conscious.


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