Nostalgic Street Games and Toy Construction

By Gonca Erim and Muge Gultekin.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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Abstract: Street games are games that children play in the gardens and on the streets; in short, outdoors. These street games are group games played with at least two people. Some of them have universal characters. Many of these games come from centuries ago. Some of them were transformed based on the conditions of the present century and these games are played with new rules as a result. “Street games festival” is an application and research project, which is prepared to bring back the memories of the street games that stood in place of today’s computer games. This project aims to search forgotten old street games which changed with rapidly evolving technology and to ensure the maintenance of these games after bringing them back to the agenda. Thus, the social interactions between the children will be improved. In the process of facilitating voluntary art education in the Bursa Metropolitan municipality, the idea of the “Street games festival” project was emerged. It was decided to prepare the first stand about toy construction in the 7th street games festival. The “toy construction stand” was added to the project which took place on June 3, 2013. In this stand, children designed and created their own toys. The materials which these children used while creating their toys were supported by the project management committee. Children took away their creations if they wished to. In this study, both “Street games festival” project’s presentation and especially, the children which came to toy construction stand were observed. The interviews with these children were also evaluated.

Keywords: Street Games, Toy Construction, Art Education

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.21-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 17, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 366.581KB)).

Dr. Gonca Erim

Associate Professor, Fine Arts Education Department, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey

Muge Gultekin

Lecturer, Fine Arts Education Department, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey