Bato Lata or Kick the Can

Here are the directions to a Filipino kids street game, similar to our Kick the Can.  Just so you know, slipper is what they call flip flops or loose sandals.

The kids on our street played it all the time. It was fun to watch, but I never quite understood all the ends and outs.  It was clear the goal was to hit the can with their tsinillas (flip=flop) and somebody had the job of grabbing the can and standing it up, but the finer points were beyond me.  I realize now part of that was because they didn’t play the same version every time.


I’m hoping to try to teach it to the oldest of the grand-kids this summer.  We have a nice open grassy field where it would work.  I think their feet are too tender to play on the stony driveway.


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