(Part four in a five part series on marble games for kids. . .)
There’s nothing like old fashioned marble games. The rules are always simple, and the games hold your child’s complete focus and attention. The best part might just be the versatility of marble games–there’s really no end to the different ways you can play. Here are a few new games to try out:
Game 1: Take the top off a shoe box and place the box upside down on the floor. Draw a door on the box. Now cut out the door. Place the shoebox on the floor again, upside down. Let your child pick out five marbles for this game. Have her sit a few feet away from the box and shoot the marbles one at a time, trying to get them inside the box. When she’s finished, lift he box and count how many went inside. (Advanced: have your child determine how many went inside without lifting the box.) Now you take a turn. Keep track of your score. First player to reach eleven points wins.
Game 2: Use the shoe box target again. Each player starts with ten marbles. Take turns shooting. Keep shooting until one person gets their marble (or bumps someone else’s) inside the shoebox. That player wins all the marbles used in that round. Keep playing until one player wins all the marbles.
(Tip: tape a piece of string across the very bottom of the door to create a visible boundary.)
Game 3: Use an empty paper towel tube for a ramp. Mark a spot with a piece of tape on the carpet. Take turns rolling a marble down the ramp to see who can get closer to the target. (Advanced: move the target further away and extend your ramp by inserting one paper towel tube inside another.) Score a point for the closest. First player to reach eleven points wins.
Game 4: Again us an empty paper towel tube for a ramp. This time place a target marble two or three feet in front of the ramp. Have your child roll marbles down the ramp one at a time until she hits the target marble. Count how many marbles she used. Now you take a turn rolling marbles down the ramp until you hit the target. Whoever uses the fewest marbles wins.
Don’t be surprised if your child invents new ways to play. There are countless variations to these activities. For example, make two shoe box targets–one for each player. Now play side by side. See who can be the first to shoot three marbles into their shoebox. Remember also–the activities above can be played by more than two people. Have fun with your new marble games!