How to Play JacksHow 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?
Playing Jacks: You then 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.
Kissies - 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:
Cherries in a basket
Pigs in a Pen
Over the fence
Around the world
Fun Games Kids play