Type of game:
Bowl, Skittle and Pin Games
Character of the game:
Non-Competitive
Country of origin:
Portugal
Aim of the game:
Keep the spinning top rotating as long as possible.
Number of players:
Multi Player
Unlimited
Age
6 +
Difficulty:
Medium
Area of play:
Outdoor or indoor, any flat surface
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment
Rope A wooden top and a drawstring
Motor skills
Coordination Strength
Social skills
Communication
Cognitive skills
Strategy Building
equipment
Background
It is believed that Jogo do Pião dates back to antiquity. The very first reference of the spinning top game appears in 4000 BC in a region of Mesopotamia. It used to be a religious game during Lent time, and was very popular during the 1970s in Northern Portugal. Nowadays it is played in different variations in oriental countries such as Malaysia and Japan.
Set up:
This game is played on a plain flat surface
Rules
After winding the top with the drawstring, starting from the nozzle, the top is thrown to the ground and spins or rotates as long as possible.
In one variation of the game, a circle with a diameter at least equal to the string length is drawn on the ground. The participants launch their tops in the circle in such a way to try to push other opponents’ spinning tops out of the circle. In this case the loser’s spinning top takes as many ‘niques’ (‘niques’ derives from the verb ‘nicar’ which means to use a spinning top nozzle to break the loser’s spinning top) as previously agreed with the top opponents. The player is allowed to replace a broken top with an older one, which has already suffered previous attacks.
Teaching Styles:
  • Provide clear and simple instruction
  • Practice games before introducing scoring
  • Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game
Rules:
  • Try to remove top (Still in rotary motion) from the circle by using the string
  • Try to rotate the spinning top on the palm of the hand
  • Keep at least 2 tops spinning continuously for as long as possible
Environment:
  • Increase/decrease the circle diameter
  • Ensure the indoor/outdoor playing area has a smooth surface and is free of obstacles
Equipment:
  • Audible equipment can be used ( e.g. audiable spinning top)
  • Brightly coloured equipment can be used
Background
It is believed that Jogo do Pião dates back to antiquity. The very first reference of the spinning top game appears in 4000 BC in a region of Mesopotamia. It used to be a religious game during Lent time, and was very popular during the 1970s in Northern Portugal. Nowadays it is played in different variations in oriental countries such as Malaysia and Japan.