Korean Games for Babies and Toddlers

When our son came home at 9.5 months old, he was already playing patty cake and peek-a-boo in Korean. So we continued to play them with him in Korean.

Korean peek-a-boo is “kah koong” (again the previous words are written as pronounced). Here is a YouTube video so you can hear the pronunciation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xc6IrxaAOk.

The Korean version of patty cake is “chak cha goong.”

A couple of years after our son came home I learned of another game that most Korean babies learn. It has four parts to it, including chak cha koong. It’s called dori/jam/kunji/chak cha koong. Each word has a corresponding motion, which each are done in unison three to four times in a row.

Thanks to the adoptive moms who shared the links below. With them you’re able to see the games played and hear the words pronounced.

Here’s a video showing a halmoni doing the game chak cha koong/dori/jam/kunji: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5go97VHh-U&feature=channel_video_title

And another video that shows the game done by a Korean grandmother for her grandson. You’ll find the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArTpgbSy3nA&feature=related

Sadly the following links no longer work. Now YouTube is saying that these vides are private. But I’m leaving the information here as a reminder to myself, and to my readers, since I periodically check to see if these vides are back on the Internet anywhere. They were a wonderful reference for parents, and my hope is that they’ll return some.

These links referenced a set of YouTube videos showing dori/jam/kunji/chak cha koong and were done by Master Chungsuk of the Sedona Mago Retreat. These videos gave some background on the games/exercises, and each game was done separately.

Here is the link that showed a list of all five videos for the “coordination exercises for babies” as the videos by Master Chungsuk are called on YouTube. www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DDD2429A521DC336

Or there were links that allowed you to jump directly to a specific video.

Dori Dori

Chak cha goong (jjak jjak kkoong)

Kunji Kunji (gonji gonji)

Jam Jam

SisangSisang Dalgoong (Respect for Elders)


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