A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter J – Jacks


A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter J – Jacks




It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Letter J  …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter J




Do you remember playing the kids’s game of Jacks? I remember how much fun we had.

The game of Jacks is played all over the world, by kids of all ages. There are as many types of Jacks games, as there are kids who play.

The ones I used were the little metal pronged toy that you throw onto a hard surface, like the floor. You have a small rubber ball, which you throw up into the air, pick up a set number of the jacks, and then catch the ball after one bounce.

Other’s rules say not to let the ball bounce at all, and some use a wooden ball or token. Some jacks are made of brightly colored plastic.

Friends can play together, taking turns, or you can play and practice on your own. We used to go early to school, just so we could get in a game before classes started. It was the rage for awhile.

There are different ways to pick up the jacks during a game. They all have funny names, for each round. Here’s a few I remember…

  • onsies – tensies
  • eggs in the basket
  • peas in the pod
  • piggies
  • flying pigs
  • round the world
  • kiss’ems
  • shooting stars
  • over the fence


Honestly, we could have played these rounds of jacks all day. Sometimes, we’d use a golf ball instead of the rubber ball. This worked best on the sidewalk. Long ago, inside a regular golf ball, was another smaller, rubber ball. We’d get an old, beat up golf ball and cut it open. It was fun and funny, because also inside the golf ball, were all these long strands of rubber band things. They’d come popping out all over the place, and we’d scream and laugh. Then, we’d grab the smaller ball to play our jacks with.

Sometimes, the adults would warn us that if we weren’t careful…if we accidently poked a hole in the small ball, there was a poison liquid inside; if it got in your eye, you’d go blind. We never did poke any holes, though, and no one went blind.

This is the the craziest sounding thing…now that I think about it. I mean, we were kids, using sharp knives to cut a possibly poison golf ball…and the adults were not concerned about this…just the poison part…and they let us do it anyway!

All I know, is we sure had fun playing the game of Jacks. I’ll bet I could still play a pretty good game…in fact, I do have a set. I think I’ll try a game or two.

How about you? Want to join me?


Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2014 & 2021 BS

18 responses »

  1. Parents were great back in the ’60’s, weren’t they? “What are you doing?” “Cutting open a golf ball with your good butcher knife.” “Okay, don’t kill yourself…”

    • Thanks, John! You know it! It’s a wonder any of us survived all the crazy things we did as kids back then. We’d roam the neighborhood doing whatever we wanted all day long, just so we were home by suppertime. haha! 🙂

  2. I never played jacks, but I sold them at a living history ‘trade store’ for elementary kids. Now, I’ve got to try my hand at a few of those games you mentioned.

    • Thanks Jen! It’s been a long time since I tried playing. Maybe by selling some sets to the kids the game will make a come-back for new generations to enjoy! I didn’t look, but there may be some more descriptions of the different things to do in the game. 🙂

  3. Yes, I would love to join you. I used to play and still have a set although I doubt I would still be good. Never knew about the ball inside the golf ball. 🙂 XO

    • Thanks, Ellen! It was fun to play back then. I might could still do it if I stood up at the kitchen table or something, but getting down on the floor these days just isn’t going to happen. haha!
      I have no idea if they still make golf balls the same as they used to. 🙂

  4. I loved playing jacks and would play for hours. Maybe I should get some and start up again? Seems it would be a stress reliever … or maybe a stress maker as I get back up to speed.

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