How to Play Jacks
How to play
the game of Jacks
Rules, directions and how to
play jacks. Variations included.
Teach your children how to play the fun game of Jacks
with these great variations from the past.
Remember Cherries in a
Basket, or Over the Fence?
What you need to play jacks:
Set of jacks and ball.
Smooth surface to play on.
Object of Jacks:
Be the first to go from “onsies” to “tensies”
1 - Onsies
2 - Twosies
3 - Threesies
4 - Foursies
5 - Fivsies
6 - Sixies
7 - Sevensies
8 - Eightsies
9 - Ninesies
10 - Tensies
Set up the game:
Begin by throwing your jacks onto the ground in front of
you. Try and make the jacks land not too far apart or too close
Throw the ball into the air … pick up one jack …
then catch the ball after it bounces one time. Continue picking up the
jacks one at a time. When you have collected all the jacks, throw them
again and start picking the jacks up two at a time (twosies). When you
get to threesies you have to pick up the three sets of three first, then
pick up the left over jack. Continue on until you are at tensies. You
can then declare the winner as the first one to tens, or go back down
again to onesies.
Your turn continues until you either: miss the ball, fail to pick up
the jacks, move a jack, or drop a jack that you have picked up. Your
turn is then over and the next person goes.
If after you throw the jacks and two (or more) jacks
are touching you can either leave them, or pick up the jacks and drop
them to spread them out.
Who goes first:
Throw the jacks up in the air and trying to catch
as many as possible with both hands together ( your palms have to be
face down - thumb to thumb). Whoever catches the most jacks goes first.
Variations for the game of Jacks:
You have to play from ones to
tens without missing. If you miss then you have to start again at ones.
Go from one to tens without
letting the ball bounce before you pick up the jacks.
Pick up the jacks and
then catch the ball after it bounces twice.
Cherries in a basket
Cup your hand and
throw the ball with the opposite hand. You have to then place the jacks
in your cupped hand - one through tens.
Pigs in a Pen
Place your hand slightly
cupped on the ground with the side of your hand resting on the ground.
Then throw the ball with the opposite hand and slide the jacks into the
“pig pen” ones through tens.
Over the fence
Place you hand on the
ground straight and you have to place the jacks on the other side of the
“fence” - ones through tens.
Around the world
After you throw the
ball you have to make a circle in the air around the ball before it
bounces - one to tens.
Switch the hand you
normally throw the ball with.