Today some kids at my school were playing a game called “Beat the Tiger with a Stick, Chicken Eats Caterpillar (or insect, or worm)” (棒打老虎雞吃蟲 bang4 da2 lao3 hu3 ji1 chi1 chong2) . It’s similar to “Paper, Scissors, Stone.” The difference, I think, is you say “tiger,” “stick,” “chicken,” or “caterpillar” instead of showing paper, etc. Anybody know any more Taiwan kids’ games? Or Chinese kids’ games? Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t matter.
My kindy kids when I was in Miaoli County used to sing this song:
Translation (I think):
Monday, Apple wears new clothes.
Tuesday, Banana’s belly is hungry.
Wednesday, Peach climbs a mountain.
Thursday, Watermelon takes a test.
Friday, everybody dances.
Saturday and Sunday, take a vacation!
There’s also a “monkey” version of the song, which I heard some other kids sing. I found it on the 'net here.
Anybody know any more Chinese-language kids’ songs? Or Taiwanese-language kids’ songs? Or Hakka or aboriginal kids’ songs? Kids’ songs from cartoons or commercials, or old, old songs that Granddad sang as a kid?