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Dealing with bored children? Entertain them with the children's games in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A hard floor or flat surface
- 10 jacks
- And a small rubber ball
- One or more friends to play with
Sit on floor
Sit on the floor or ground facing your friend; if there are more than two of you playing, sit in a circle.
Pick first player
Decide who goes first. You can flip a coin or play eenie, meenie, minie, mo, for example.
Let's say you're up first. Gently toss all the jacks onto the floor so they scatter in front of you.
Now toss the ball into the air, pick up a jack, and catch the ball—all with only one hand! You're only allowed to let the ball bounce once. This is called 'onesies.'
Put the jack you just scooped up in your other hand and repeat the game, picking up one jack at a time, until you've grabbed all 10.
If you miss
If you can't pick up the jack and catch the ball before it hits the floor again, it's the next player's turn and he or she starts over with all 10 jacks.
When you've grabbed all 10 jacks, move up to the next level: 'twosies.' Pick up the jacks 2 at a time, still with only one hand and before the ball bounces twice, until you've captured them all.
Keep on playing, increasing the number of jacks you pick up each time.
Next player's turn
If you can't pick up the right number of jacks, it's the next player's turn.
Start where left off
Each time it's your turn again, start where you left off. If you messed up on 'sixies,' for example, start by picking up 6 jacks, and so on.
The winner is the person who gets to 'tensies' by picking up all the jacks at once and catching the ball. And once you can do it, you might want to challenge your mom to a match!