History of Jacks

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History of Jacks Hundreds of years ago, kids had no TV or video games. Instead, they made up games with objects they found. In one such game, kids used small stones. They would toss a stone up. Before it landed, they had to scoop up other stones. Sound familiar? This game became what we call “Jacks.” Long before that, kids played a similar game. In ancient Greece and Rome, the game was called Knucklebones. It was played with bones from a sheep’s foot. In one form, players would toss up the bones and catch them on the backs of their hands. Try this with a dime, or a small stone. You will see that it takes some skill! These days, “knucklebones” can be made of metal or plastic. We call them jacks. The game is played with a rubber ball. But all you really need are some small stones and a free afternoon! ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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