(Adaptado de algo que envió Silvana Demicheli,
quien a su vez lo sacó de algún otro lado.)
never die, and this childhood game doesn't
require much to keep it thriving: a little
bouncy ball, at least 10 jacks, and a hard,
level playing surface.
the ground (blacktop, sidewalk or floor) unless
you're playing on a table, in which case standing is
usually better than sitting on a chair.
10 jacks gently out onto the playing surface.
Toss the ball into the air with your throwing
While the ball is in the air,
pick up 1 jack using only your throwing hand.
Catch the ball in your throwing hand before the ball
hits the ground.
Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 until
you've picked up all 10 jacks.
10 jacks out onto the playing surface again.
the ball into the air, and now pick up 2 jacks each
time and catch the ball before it hits the ground.
Continue tossing the ball, picking up jacks and
catching the ball - increasing the number of jacks
you pick up when the ball is in the air until you
pick up all 10 at one time.
other player's turn when you don't pick up the
correct number of jacks or you miss the ball.
Begin where you left off when it's your turn again.
If you were picking up 3 jacks at a time, toss the
10 jacks onto the playing surface and pick up 3 each
Declare a winner if you want to when you
or your friend succeeds at 'onesies' through 'tensies'
(1 jack through 10 jacks).
There are ways to make
the game more difficult, such as not touching jacks
you don't pick up and placing the jacks you do pick
up in your other hand before catching the ball.
Throwing the jacks
When you're on onesies, you
want the jacks to be far apart, so throw them so
that they're scattered. But, when you're on a higher
number, you want the jacks to be clumped together,
so throw with less force.
How to throw
seem dumb, but this actually works most of the time.
It's easy to pick up the jacks and take all the
jacks in your hands. For example, we'll say you're
on twosies. Take 2 jacks and hold them inbetween
your index finger and your middle finger. Then throw
all the jacks down. This will work.
Pigs in a
After you've finished regular jacks 1-10, you
can go on to variations, one of which is Pigs in a
poke. Throw the jacks as usual for onesies, twosies,
etc. Throw the ball up, position your hand in a
C-shape on the ground next to the jacks, with the
little-finger side down, and scoop one jack into
your hand. Keep your hand stationery, throw the ball
again, scoop one more jack into your hand. Continue
for onesies to scoop one jack for each throw of the
ball, for twosies, scoop 2 at a time, and so forth
to tensies. You're out if you miss the hand with
your jack, as well as if you bump the wrong jack.
Another variation on regular jacks
is played like regular jacks except that you put
each jack into your other hand, held in the air, as
you pick it up after throwing the ball. Continue
with 2 jacks at a time and so on through tensies.
With the game Airplanes, the ball is
tossed up and caught before it bounces.
Throw the jacks as the usual; 1
through tensies. Throw the ball into the air, pick
up a jack and circle your hand around the ball
before your put the jack into your hand and catch
the ball before it bounces. Do this with each jack
all the way through the tensies. To make this harder
try to do it without touching other jacks while
picking up your set.
Over the fence
your jacks. Place your non-throwing hand or your arm
next to your playing surface. With your ball
throwing hand, toss the ball. While the ball is in
the air, place one jack over the fence (or in this
case your hand), and catch the ball after one
bounce. Continue through tensies. You can re-toss
the jacks to separate them and bring them back over
the fence onesies through tensies.
round of jacks
We always played the
second time through as double bounce. So each time
you let the ball bounce 2 times before catching. The
third round was cherries in a basket. First time you
throw the ball and pick up the required number of
jacks with one bounce. Without using your other hand
(you keep the jacks in your hand with your fist
closed as you catch the ball on your mostly closed
hand, actually on your tips of your fingers and your
nails), you toss the ball up a second time and
transfer the jacks into your other hand before
catching the ball after a bounce.