Creating a tech tool to promote European Traditional Sport and Games from an intergenerational and inclusive perspective.

Ref. Project: 579689-EPP-1-2016-1-ES-SPO-SSCP

Leaking Furnace / Lice







Leaking Furnace / Lice

How is it played? (Rules)

The children use chalk to draw a circle on the ground and divide it in pieces according to the number of players partιcipating in the game. Each player names his or her piece after a country and stands on it, while in the centre of the circle stands the leader of the game who has the ball and in Greek is called «mana»(mother). The leader starts the game by saying » Let ..for example, France stay in the leaking furnace… » and throws the ball up high. All the players run off the circle and the player who has chosen France picks up the ball, places it in the centre of the circle and counts 1,2,3 STOP. Then all the players stand still and the player of France chooses another player for example, the player of Italy and has to estimate how many steps separate them. If the estimation is correct then the player of Italy takes a negative point, the so called «louse».If the estimation is wrong, the player of France takes a «louse». The players come up with nicknames for the player who collects 5 lice, while the one who collects 10 lice, gets 10 pats on the back or the other players play a trick on him/her, for example they hide one of his/her shoes.

Sport or Game History and origins:

This game used to be played in the past when cities had open spaces available for games, especially during the post-war period and has been passed down from generation to generation by oral description or display from the older to the younger.

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– to get the children :
-to know traditional games and compare them with the games they play today
– to describe and understand how a big group game is played
– to play by the rules and have fun
– to develop their social relations
– to improve their speed, alertness and perception
– to share their knowledge and experience with the rest of their schoolmates by drawing pictures related to the game and presenting them in the school exhibition of European projects


Psychological_Skill,Social_Socialization,Physical_condition ,Social_Integration

Game’s materials

The materials needed to play this game is a ball and some chalk in order to draw α circle on the ground and write the names of the countries that the children have chosen on each piece of the circle.

Is it related to an specific event or festivity ( festivals, religious or pagan celebrations)?

Not addressed in our research