Ranking number five in world population, Brazil has more than 180 million people. In the 1960s, women had an average of six children, but some forty years later in 2004, they only averaged 2.4 children each. With the majority of the population younger than 30, there is a large number of children in Brazil. The children engage in several games to keep themselves entertained.
Children from Brazil enjoy active games. One such game is Quemada, a form of tag. Comparable to dodge ball, there are two teams that take turns trying to eliminate all the members of the opposing team using a ball.
In hit the coin, the children take turns throwing coins in an attempt to knock an object off the top of a stick standing in the ground. Peteca, similar to badminton, is a game in which the players use only their hands to hit a shuttlecock over the net in an attempt to hit a target. Another popular game is Cinco Marias. In this game, the children throw a stone in the air and try to pick up four more stones before it hits the ground.
The children also enjoy skipping rope, and playing hide-and-seek and capture the flag. Popular among the girls is patty cake while boys enjoy the more violent jogo do garrafao, in which they re-enact the beatings and mocking of Christ.
On cold or rainy days, the children of Brazil pass the time by playing less-active games indoors. Relancinho is a favourite among card games while draughts and dominoes are popular as well. They might also engage in a game of truth or consequences, or as other cultures know it, spin the bottle. They also enjoy reading, colouring and drawing.
A popular sport in America is football. Pronounced the same, futebol is also popular in Brazil. However, the two are different. Futebol in Brazil is the equivalent of soccer in the United States. Another sport Brazilians enjoy is volleyball. Sometimes, they combine the rules of futebol and volleyball and play futvolei which is basically playing volleyball with your feet rather than your hands. Many children and teenagers participate in capoeira, a martial art form of acrobatic dance. Brazilians also enjoy swimming and surfing.
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