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Esperanza’s World – Marble Center – Games

Esperanza’s World – Marble Center – Games




Activities / Teacher Resources

Marble Games

Ringer Taw

Players: 2 to 6

Needed: Marbles (13 mibs and 1 shooter per player minimum) and a circle.

Rules:

  1. Players decide how many marbles they are going to use in their game and if they are playing “keepsies” or “fairsies”.
  2. Draw a circle that is anywhere from 3 to 10 feet in diameter. (Smaller circles are better for beginners.)
  3. Players place 13 mibs in the center of the circle to form an “X”, cross or a smaller circle.
  4. The game begins by one player knuckling down at the edge of the circle and flicking their shooter.
  5. The object is to knock out one or more of the mibs, without the player’s shooter leaving the circle.
  6. If, the player has been successful, then the player can shoot again from the place where the shooter rested.
  7. If, after the player has missed and his/her shooter end up outside the circle, then the player must leave the shooter inside the circle.
  8. The next player takes a turn. Each mib that was knocked out counts for one point. A player may also knock out any other player’s shooter that remains in the circle.
  9. The game continues until all of the original mibs have been knocked out. The player with the most points wins.  Or as an alternative way to finish the game, the player who shoots out 7 marbles first is the winner.

Source: What’s That Game

Marble Golf

Players: 2 to 6

Needed: Marbles (13 mibs and 1 shooter per player minimum) and a circle.

Rules:

  1. Players decide how many marbles to use in the game and if they are playing “keepsies” or “fairsies”.
  2. Draw a circle of 3 to 10 feet in diameter. The circle should contain a hole in the center. (Smaller circles are better for beginners.)
  3. Players place 13 or the number of agreed on mibs around the hole in the center of the circle at a distance approximately half way from the center hole to the outer circle.
  4. The game begins by one player knuckling down at the edge of the circle and flicking their shooter. The object is to knock one or more of the mibs into the center hole, without the player’s shooter leaving the circle or going into the center hole.
  5. If, the player has been successful, then the player can shoot again from the place where the shooter rested. If, after the player has missed and his/her shooter ends up outside the circle or in the center hole, then the player must leave the shooter inside the circle.
  6. The next player takes a turn. Each mib that was knocked in counts for one point. A player may also knock in any other player’s shooter that remains in the circle.
  7. The game continues until all of the original mibs have been knocked in. The player with the most points wins.

Source: What’s That Game

Hundreds

Players: 2

Needed: Marbles (13 mibs and 1 shooter per player minimum) and a circle.

Rules:

  1. Draw a 3 feet diameter circle a distance of 2 feet from the shooting line or taw line.  (Draw a taw line.)
  2. Both players shoot a marble (mib) toward the circle from behind the shooting or taw line.
  3. If both or neither mib (marble) stops within the circle then both players shoot again.
  4. If only one player’s marble stops within the circle, then that player scores 10 points and continues shooting, scoring 10 points each time his/her marble stops in the circle.
  5. This continues until the player misses or scores 100 points and then the second player shoots.
  6. The first player to win 100 points wins the game.

Football Marbles

Players: 2 – 4

Needed: Marbles (13 mibs and 1 shooter per player minimum) and a football shape.

Rules:

  1. Draw a football shape in the dirt with a line connecting the two ends.
  2. Each player puts a marble on the dissecting line.
  3. Players attempt to knock the marbles off the line and out of the football.  Players shoot their shooter marble from the taw line.
  4. The game ends when all of the marbles are knocked out of the football shape.
  5. The winner in this “for keeps” game is the one with the most marbles.
  6. The player who shoots closest to the football from the taw line goes first. If his/her marble enters the football, s/he shoots again from the starting line.