It is a happy talent to know how to play.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I guess the image above makes it pretty obvious what I found!! Jacks...metal jacks...not exactly what I had as a child, they were a little thinner than these, but these will do. I can now play jacks again. Thanks to Wanda for suggesting that I look on Amazon for them. I should have known, you can just about buy anything from Amazon. Just so you know, in case you're dying to buy a set, the pouch in the background didn't come with the jacks, it was my grandfather's and has some fool's gold from Colorado in it.
Jacks is an ancient game, but kids all over the world still play it in one form or the other. I've read that you can play a different version of jacks with rocks. I think I'd better stick to throwing up a ball, not tossing up rocks! We played jacks every day, either at school or home. We played...
- Black Widow (ones to tens without missing)
- Cherries in a Basket (place jacks in cupped hand)
- Pigs in a Pen (slide jacks into other hand that is slightly cupped on the ground)
- Over the Fence (place jacks on the other side of straight hand)
- Around the World (make a circle in the air around the ball before it bounces)
Do you remember Kissies? I'd almost forgotten about Kissies, when the jacks are thrown out and two (or more) jacks are touching or stacked. You can choose to either pick them up as part of a play or drop them again to spread them out. We always kissed the two that were touching before dropping them again.
Now I have something else to waste my time on, but I tell myself I'm keeping my hands and fingers limber! I don't think I'm too bad either. I made it all the way to the sevens the first game and my hands don't move near as fast as they used too. I also don't sit on the floor very well any more.