Gheeta Pathar

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Gheeta pathar (ਗੀਟਾ ਪੱਥਰ , गीटा पत्थर , گیٹا پتھر ) or Pacheta, Five stones. Some pebbles, stones or broken earthenware could be broken further into pieces and used for playing Gheeta Pathar. This was a game, which did not involve running or jumping and was played sitting on the floor.


Introduction

Pacheta (5 stone game) is popular game among girls and women aged 6 and above. Children are seen playing this game in a small group of 2 to 4 players.  This game requires five stones/pebbles which are sometimes painted by players. In Rajasthan, these stones are made of lac in bright colors. Pacheta goes by many different names and the rules vary to suit the age levels.

Things Needeed

  • 5 stones of similar size
  • 2 or more Players

How to play

You need to play set of eight steps to complete the game. The player who completes these eight steps in minimal tries is the winner. First a player starts the game and if he/she misses any step then the second player takes the turn, the second player plays the game until he/she miss any step. Once all the players in set completes playing, the second round starts, the stones goes to the first player, he starts the game from the step he missed while playing the first round and the game continues. The player who completes all the eight rounds first is the winner.

Steps

first step

second step
 
third stepfourth step
 

Step 1
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick one stone on the ground
Do this for all the stones on the ground

Step 2
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick two stones at a time
Do this for the other two also 

Step 3
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick a combination of 3 & 1 Stones 

Step 4
Throw all five stones
Whilst throwing a stone, pick all 4 Stones 

Step 5
Whilst throwing one stone place four stones on the ground
Throw one stone again catch it whilst picking all four stones on the ground

Step 6
Throw all five stones
Pick two stones and whilst throwing a stone, exchange the stone in hand with one on the ground
Do for all the 3 stones

Step 7
Throw all five stones
Pick two stones and whilst throwing two stones, pick one on the ground and catch two falling stones with each hand
Do for all the 3 stones

Step 8
Throw all five stones
Opponent chooses 1 stone
Throw the stone in the air and seep up the remaining stones
Do for all the 3 stones

Rules

The winner of the game is the one who completes all the 8 steps.
A player loses his/her turn if he/she fails to complete a step or touches another stone when picking up a stone.
Finally, be creative, create your own steps.

Conclusion

This is a great game to develop fine motor skills, and hand eye coordination in children. The balancing skills are also developed. The younger children also learn counting in this process.

References

  1. http://www.traditionalgames.in
  2. http://www.dsource.in