Jacks has had several different names over the years. Some have called it knucklestones, doing so because jacks originally came from sheep knuckles and other various small bones. Checkstones and jackstones were two other popular names; checkstones is a similar game played with small pebbles, or checks (Collins).
Some of the best things about the game of Jacks, in our opinion, are its complete versatility and ease of play. It can be played by one person or a group. To play, one follows these simple steps:
- Scatter the jacks
- Throw the ball in the air
- Pick up one jack with the same hand
- Catch the ball with the same hand after it has bounced once
- Repeat until all the jacks have been picked up
- Graduate to a new round by picking up the jacks in groups of twos, then threes, etc... (Diagram)
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The Diagram Group. Family Fun and Games. New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 1992. Print.