Type of game:
Throwing Game
Character of the game:
Competitive
Country of origin:
Portugal
Aim of the game:
To toss the “malha” (or disk) on to a board marked with different point values.  The goal is to get the highest number of points without the disk landing on the donkey.
Number of players:
Multi Player
2 – 4 players on each team.
Age
3 +
Difficulty:
Easy
Area of play:
Wide outdoor space (more than 4 meters long)
Outdoor
Equipment

2 ‘malhas’ per player (malha – iron disk about 7 inches thick, 6 inches in diameter with a hole in the middle), and a wooden box or board at least 15 inches wide and 15 inches long or more marked with 12 squares, each containing a number or a donkey.
Motor skills
Balance
Social skills
Decision Making
Cognitive skills
Strategy Building
equipment
Background
The origin of this game is unknown, but it is still played in Portugal. It is believed that in the past old and heavy coins were used as tokens and that a wooden base where numbers marked with a hole in the middle represented the highest points.
Set up:
Place the wooden board in a wide open area. Draw a baseline 4 meters away from the box. You can also draw the board with chalk or on dirt field.
Rules
This game is normally held in tournament mode, according to an elimination system such as the best-of-three (the team that wins two “sets” wins the game). This is a variation of the traditional game called ‘malha’. The order of the players is usually determined by a draw. The first player throws his/her the 2 ‘malhas’ consecutively to try to score the highest number of points and avoiding to hit the donkey. Once the score confirmed, he/she removes them from the places they landed and the points are noted. Then the next player of the same or other team starts. The order of the players must be maintained until the end of the game and everyone has thrown his/her malhas once. The final score is defined by the greatest sum of values entered in the squares. If one player hits the donkey box, 10 points are deducted from the score.
Teaching Styles:
  • Provide clear and simple instruction
  • Balance the ability level of the pairings
  • Practice games before introducing scoring
  • Encourage players to communicate throughout the game
  • Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game
Rules:
  • Use left/right hand to throw or roll
  • Define the number of shots every player has
  • Introduce a time limit  to the game
  • Increase/decrease number of players per team
Environment:
  • Increase/decrease the distance from board
  • Ensure the indoor/outdoor playing area has a smooth surface and is free of obstacles
Equipment:
  • Range of materials can be thrown that vary in weight, size, speed, texture, density etc.
  • Audible equipment can be used ( e.g. bell or rattle ball)
  • Brightly coloured equipment can be used
Background
The origin of this game is unknown, but it is still played in Portugal. It is believed that in the past old and heavy coins were used as tokens and that a wooden base where numbers marked with a hole in the middle represented the highest points.