Since the dawn of civilisation, the human race has been involved in recreational activities. What is recreation? Any worthwhile and enjoyable activity undertaken during our leisure time can be called a recreational activity. There are different types of recreational activities preferred by different people according to their taste and convenience. Some activities are socially accepted, while the others are not.
Kinds of recreation
Many of us watch a cricket match or a football match in TV or listen to some music. This is called “passive recreation.” Here we are merely spectators or listeners. If we take part in any game or sing a song, then it is “active recreation.” If we compose a piece of music or make a statue or paint a picture and involve ourselves in similar creative activities, it is called “creative recreation,” which is considered to be the best of all recreations. People indulging in unproductive activities such as gambling, drinking alcohol, etc. harm themselves, their family and the societ; hence these activities are called “socially unaccepted recreations.”
Games are recreational activities undertaken by all people irrespective of their age, position, caste, creed or religion. There are two types of games, namely minor games and major games. Minor games are regional in nature. There are no definite rules. Rules pertaining to the minor games differ from place to place whereas standard games such as tennis, football and cricket are governed by a set of rules which are followed in all countries. Major games have national and international competitions, whereas the minor games are meant for temporary enjoyment. Dodgeball is an example of a minor game.
Minor games in schools
Minor games have a special place in primary school. They are a major relief from monotonous classroom scholastic activities. Such games will also help the children develop concentration in their school subjects.
A physical education teacher who doesn’t know more minor games will be a ineffective in a primary school. In my opinion, all primary school teachers should be aware of as many minor games as possible. Teachers can also make their own minor games if they are creative.
Can minor games teach values to the students?
Yes, indeed. One minor game which teaches the young children some values is described in the box.
Besides teaching values or giving enjoyment, minor games help children improve their observation skills, reaction time, neuro-muscular co-ordination, etc. If the teachers are creative, they can also invent or introduce many new or existing minor games. Through minor games, children learn a lot of values for their life.
R.Gunaseelan is the Principal of Hillock International School, Sirumalai, Tamil Nadu