To keep themselves entertained, kids thought up the most fascinating games ever. Many have been preserved at the Kajang Heritage Centre by Lee Kim Sin.
Spinning wheel: A flat disc is placed in the centre of a length of string after which the string is spun fast. Once released, the wheel spins furiously. If your wheel is able to cut your opponent’s string, you’ll be declared winner.
Gasing or spinning top: Usually made from wood, the upper part is cylindrical, the middle conical, and the bottom, a spike. This game tests the skills of the player in spinning the ‘top’. Who can spin theirs the longest, wins.
Sepak bulu ayam (L): The ‘ball’ is made from chicken feathers and the aim is to kick the ‘ball’ up as many times as possible without letting it to fall to the ground. Rubber Seed Propeller (R): Rubber seeds were often used to make contraptions back then. When the string is pulled, the propeller spins wildly.
Wooden Gymnast: When the string is made taut by clamping down on the sticks it’s attached to, the wooden gymnast performs somersaults.
Wooden rubber band gun: All that’s needed to activate this wooden gun is a rubber band and dried cherry pellets. Attach the pellet using the rubber band, take aim and watch it hit the target.
Bamboo frog (L): This beautiful frog is made of bamboo. A light push at the end makes it hop just like a real frog would. Windmill (R): The mechanics of the windmill is similar to that of the rubber seed propeller. However, once the string is pulled, the top is released, causing it to soar through the air.
Skipping rope: Back then, these were made from multi-coloured rubber bands. Often two rubber bands were used to form a knot with another two, making for a stronger and thicker ‘rope’.