Catch me if you can!!
Bangles are very popular in all parts of India. Excavations have unearthed colourful and handcrafted bangles, made of different materials, dating back many centuries in various parts of India.
Kreeda’s thread bangles are light-weight and are hand crafted by local artisans.
Blow and Pick
Tamarind seeds are natural products and hence have limited shelf life.
These are black (or dark brown) seeds from the tamarind fruit. This fruit is used extensively in Indian cooking. In olden days people would have a tamarind tree in their garden. After the fruit ripened, they would gather the fruit, crack the shell, toss away the seeds and use the sweet – sour pulp in their cooking. The seeds can be collected and are good play material.
There are many variations of the game, played in different parts of the country, some of which are provided to you. Games are traditionally played with a handful of tamarind seeds. The more seeds you have the more fun the game can be.
Age : 5+
A Little Colour. A Little Craft. A Lot of Fun
In the colourful alleys of Rajasthan the game of 5 stones is played with beautifully hand-crafted game pieces made of lac. Kreeda introduces these special game pieces if you wish to add a little colour to your game.
Our pieces are specially handcrafted for Kreeda by master craftsman – Avaz Mohammed, a National award winner and a sprightly 72 year old.
Age : 5+
Toss and Pick in Perfect Rhythm
Kazhakodi seeds are natural products and hence have limited shelf life.
One of the most ancient of games, it is hours of fun with just 5 stones! Tossing and picking them in perfect rhythm without missing is a skill that speaks of excellent hand-eye co-ordination and concentration. In early days stones were easily available by the roadside and the process of play smoothened and rounded them off.
Today Kreeda has picked the most beautiful of stones for you and coupled them with Kazhakodi (kalichchikkai, kantkaranj or grey nicker bean) seeds – traditionally used to teach children as they are lighter and do not hurt if dropped.
Age : 5+
Played with Shell-Shaped wooden pieces
Cowrie shells are used in India for all purposes, from decorative ornaments to edging for clothes. They have even been used as currency in many olden civilizations around the world. Shells are available in various colours and sizes and are available in plenty. So, they have been a popular element in traditional Indian games. Shells are also often used as substitutes for dice. History makes references to Emperor Akbar playing games using such shells.
As collecting cowrie shells in bulk affects our bio-diversity, our beautifully crafted shell-shaped wooden pieces are a wonderful substitute and give you hours of fun.
Age : 5+
The thrill of rolling a cycle tyre along the road has long brought smiles of glee to young and old alike. There is always something magical about a wheel and how it rolls along.
A beautifully recreated version of the old cycle tyre – a cane hoop stick from Kreeda. Available only on the Kreeda website
Age : 3+
This is a two-player game of skill, strategy, and thinking like chess. There are 3 tigers and 15 goats. The tigers try to kill the goats while the goats try to corner the tigers so they cannot move. This is a game requiring concentration and planning. Suitable for children over five and adults.
Age : 8+
This is a strategy game in which the aim is to get as many points as possible by getting three pieces in a row. Two players are given 9 coins each. The players try to move them to get 3 coins in a row. Although the purpose is similar to noughts and crosses, the game is far more complex as coins can be moved and the opponent’s coins can be removed. Suitable for children over five and adults.
Age : 8+
Four players can participate in this game that's similar to Ludo. The purpose is to take your counters from the starting point to the safety of home. However, the game is traditionally played with cowrie shells instead of dice. To protect our biodiversity, we have discontinued the use of cowrie shells and we use game pieces made out of paper powder handmade by women. We seek your support in this initiative. This game is suitable for children over five and adults.
Age : 5+
This is a game drawn from an old book written in Sanskrit by Harikrishna, son of Venkatram in the late nineteenth century. It is interesting to read the first stanzas of the book and appreciate the importance he gave to play.
“I hereby describe the organization, structure and rules of this ancient shastra (games), the reason being that there is no such book available and the scholars do not study them. In this book there is a description of several board games, the intention of this shastra being that people will enhance their brain power by playing them.”
It was about the same time that Krishnaraja Wodeyar of Mysore developed and promoted many similar interesting games.
The game we have here is a simple strategy game described by Harikrishna as a game in 24 squares. We have used the Sanskrit description he has given as the name of the game. Chathurvimshathi Koshtaka simply means 24 boxes or squares.
This is a battlefield game where two players with eight coins each battle it out to gain control of enemy territory.
Easy to carry along and convenient to play anywhere. Priced reasonably, it makes great return gifts for parties or other occasions.
Age : 7+