It is a very old and familiar game for outdoor use, and they also call it Land Conquest or

Landhijacker. But how is Landje-Dick going, how do you play that?

You need a pocketknife to play the game, so it is not very responsible to give your child a pocket knife to the outside. Yet it used to be done, the children were then left free, in the past it was not a problem. Nowadays, of course, it is forbidden to walk in your pocket with a knife!

Educationally, you better give a stick with a sharp point, but yes, they are a little lighter and will not be so useful for this game. You play Landje-Dick with at least 2 players.

That's how you play it:

  • In soil, moist sand or clay sand, draw a square, rectangle or circle with the knife. of, for example, 2x2 meters and stick to the side lines.
  • Take turns dropping the knife into the square. If the knife remains, you can draw a line, in thelengthened cut. Thus, the land is divided in two.
  • Then it is the other turn to drop the knife, but in the smallest remaining part. If the knife does not stand, your turn will pass
  • The small country is getting smaller and smaller, and if you can't drop the knife in the smallest country, the other has won the game.

Photo: knife of Pixabay, and self edited/chalk and ball of Pixabay

LandJepik can also be played in two other ways, namely with a sidewalk crayon on the tiles (from e.g. the schoolyard, which I used to do before) and there is also the variant with the ball, which you then have to throw from a distance. Sharing is done with a chalk (on tiles) or with a stick when played on the sand.


Two other ways of LandJepik:

Make a large circle with chalk, with a small nowhere in the middle. The land is divided by chalk fairly by the number of players and .marked. You take turns being the land conqueror. He has to run 3 laps through all the countries, the others also move through the countries. When the conqueror calls STOP, everyone has to stand still, he has to tap or touch someone. This can only be done from (at least 1 foot) his own country or from the Niedermandslandje. If he tapped him, he puts a circle around his feet with chalk, and the conqueror has another piece of land.

And another version with the ball is by throwing the ball up and shouting: Stand in the country and the ball is for... Pietje (for example)! Everyone runs away and Pietje has to catch the ball or grab it. If the ball is grabbed by Pietje, he calls STOP. Then he chooses someone to roll the ball through his legs. If you succeed, he can mark that place as a country, by chalking a circle around that person and writing your initial in it. You could jump from country to country to roll closer to the ball through the legs. Whoever has the most lands is the winner.

I know the ball game pretty much, but we didn't do that with chalk and land marking, which I remember. I do remember you having to roll the ball through your legs. But yes, it's been a lot of years.

Do you remember anything about this offside?

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