Sometimes the simplest games are the best.
I played this game a lot when I was a kid with the white decorative stones from our garden. (I was a latchkey kid who kept forgetting her key so I needed things to keep me busy outside while waiting for my parents to come home from work). Similar to jacks, it’s a handy boredom buster.
1 To start, the player tosses five smallish, similar-sized stones into the air with one hand and tries to catch as many as possible on the back of the same hand.
2 The stones caught are tossed up again from the back of the hand and as many as possible are caught in the palm of the same hand. If no stones are caught, the player’s turn is over.
3 If at least one stone is caught, the player keeps one of the stones in the same hand and throws the remaining stones on the ground—the further apart, the harder the game. The player then tosses the single stone into the air, and tries to pick up one of the stones on the ground while trying to catch the stone that was tossed, all with the same hand. Repeat until all the stones have been picked up.
4 The player then throws down four of the stones again and throws the single stone up in the air while trying to collect two stones off the ground. Repeat again, trying to pick up the remaining stones with the three in your hand. The process is repeated for three stones, followed by one stone, and finally, all four stones are picked up before catching the single tossed stone.
Did you ever play a variation of this game?
Robin, CF‘s senior editor