The “Can Do” Kids tumbled into Grandpa John’s house when he opened the front door. Hector shouted out, “We’re here to learn how to play marbles like you did in the olden days.”
Grandpa John smiled and said.” We are all set up for a game called Marbles in the Box. Follow me to the playroom. Orrie is already there.”
Grandpa Dooley was there to help out, He handed each of the “Can Dos” a small bag with 5 marbles.
“Now everybody take a seat while I explain the rules”, said Grandpa John. “When I was a kid we played this game in a playground area that had a flat surface. Sometimes, when the weather was bad, we played it indoors on a long table, just like we are doing today.
The object of the game is to win marbles. Whoever has the most marbles at the end of the game is the winner.
The rules are : 5 players can play at any one time; each player gets 5 marbles to play with. The 6th player is the Marble Master.
The Marble Master begins the game with 60 marbles
The Marble Master challenges a player to take a shot to win 3 marbles. If a player gets a marble in the hole in the box, and it stays there, he or she wins 3 marbles and gets to go again, until he or she doesn’t get a marble in the hole.
If the player doesn’t get the marble in the box, he or she loses the marble to the Marble Master
When a player runs out of marbles, he or she is out of the game.
The game is over when:
All the players are out of marbles and the Marble Master wins
The Marble Master runs out of marbles and the player with the most marbles wins and becomes the next Marble Master
6. The only way you can get the marble into the hole is either by flicking it:
- with your thumb pressed against your pointer finger
- with your pointer finger against your thumb
- There are no do overs once you flick and release the marble
Now that you know the rules, let’s pick a Marble Master and play “Marbles in the Box.” The group voted for Willie to be Marble Master.
Grandpa Dooley asked, “Who wants to practice flicking the marbles before playing”? Hector said, “I don’t need to practice. This game is easy” Everybody else took a few practice shots with Grandpa Dooley’s help. Hector should have taken some practice shots because he was the first player out of marbles!
Arthur J. won by having the most marbles when Willie, the Marble Master, ran out of marbles.
Ready to try this game at home? All you need is a box with a hole in it and marbles! Be sure to check out the marble game in the “Can Do” Club House.