This paper is aimed at documentation of a common cross-cultural playhouse traditional game for children in Zimbabwe. The main objectives of the research were to: identify the similarities in the playhouse traditional game across-cultures; discuss possible causes of these similarities in the game; establish the origins and originators of the game; highlight the social functions, purposes and values of the game and make recommendations on how the game can be preserved for posterity. A qualitative, descriptive, participatory research method through demonstrations, open and structured interviews and documentary analysis were used for data collection. Although there are several possible causes of the similarities in the game it is impossible to only attribute particular causes to the similarities, but just to say the cause of similarities could be attributed to all or some of the causes of similarities identified. The presentation is based on a common playhouse traditional game of four selected ethnic cultures in Zimbabwe, namely Kalanga, Ndebele, Shona and Tonga. The selection of the game in the four ethnic cultures of Zimbabwe is purposive, because not much comparative documentation has been done on the traditional games of Africa and Zimbabwe in particular, on the basis of ethnic commonality and popularity. The foursome approach to documentation of this traditional game has been considered as a unique, diverse nomenclature approach in documenting common and similar games in the history of traditional games documentation and profiling in Zimbabwe. Whilst names and naming in African cultures is indicative of their spiritual historic, social, economic, political, and evolutionary experiences, most traditional games in Africa and World over have similar and general functions and purposes. The presentation is formatted as a profile of the same game in the four selected cultures concentrating mainly on the number of participants, description, instructions or rules of the game, purposes, functions and values of the game. A brief historical back ground of the origins and geographical locations of the ethnic groups will help in establishing the linkages between the cultures opening up a window for viewing the game’s similarities and differences.
Keywords: Profiling, Cross-cultural, Mixed gender, Traditional playhouse game, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Zimbabwe.