Marvelous marbles

My wee boy and his pal were having a wonderful time this morning playing with some marbles, rolling them around and chasing them along our laminated floor but it suddenly dawned on me, I had absolutely no idea how to actually play the game named after these little beauties and wow, what an awesome ‘slowie’ it would be to teach the kids.  So that was it, I was off in search of some more info and here’s what I found out. There are several versions of marbles that have been played by children and adults since as long ago as 4000 BC in Ancient Egypt. One version you can play is known as the ‘ringer version’. Basically you make a circle on the ground about a meter wide out of chalk or string. You scatter an odd number of marbles inside the circle, 13 for example. Then the players take it in turn to flick their big ‘shooter’ marbles into the circle from behind the shooting line. The aim is to hit the little marbles out of the circle while keeping the shooter in. If the player successfully knocks out another marble they go again and they get to take the marble they knocked out and either keep it or receive a point. The player who knocks out the most marbles, wins. Another version is ‘bulls eye marbles’ where you draw four circles on the ground like a target. Players stand behind a shooting line about a metre away and flick their marbles in. The winner being the one closest to the center or with the highest points from 3 throws if each circle is given a value. I think this is the one I’ll start the boys off with as they are well used to targets from our bean bag games. So there you have it,  a new game to pass down to my little ones. They might be a little young at the moment but one day I’ll be looking out of my kitchen window onto the patio and my two will be ‘slow’ playing away!!


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