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Teach your older kids how to collect and play marbles


Marbles can be played indoors and out, and keeps kids concentrating on their game for hours.

Most toyshops sell marbles, and they’re pretty cheap compared to many other small toys so treating your kids to the odd marble to add to their collection if you’re out shopping on the high street won’t break the bank either.

What you need:

  • A small collection of marbles – which can be added to each weekend with pocket money
  • A marbles pouch
  • Chalk for outside, or a ring of string for inside

What to do:

  • Draw a circle 3 feet (90cm) wide on a pavement in chalk, or make one out of string if you’re playing indoors on carpet
  • Choose your shooter marble- this should be bigger than any of your other marbles
  • Put 5-10 other marbles in the centre of the ring to play
  • When it’s your turn, kneel outside the ring and flick your shooter marble out of your fist with your thumb, trying to hit as many marbles out of the ring
  • If you knock any marbles out of the ring, keep them and have another turn
  • If you don’t knock any marbles out of the ring, leave your shooter marble in the ring until your next turn and the next player takes their turn
  • Continue until the ring is empty

The winner is the person with the most marbles at the end of the game – you can then return your marbles to each other, unless you have agreed to play for keeps!