Have you ever played "marbles?"

@creematee (2810)
United States
May 7, 2007 9:15am CST
Yes, I'm talking about the kid's game, where you draw a circle in the dirt, shoot the taw, and keep the marbles you shoot out of the circle. Now, I have to be honest, I've never played before. I recently bought each of my kids a bag of marbles that had shooters included with them. We've been trying to learn together how to play. The rules that came with them are very vague. It just basically gives the point of the game, and doesn't specify HOW. How do you shoot the taw? Do you have to shoot from the outside of the circle? How big is the circle? What is the proper way to shoot? We've been lying the marble on the floor and just "plinking" it with our pointer finger. It's fun to see my kids having fun with the game. I know marbles have been around since the dawn of time (or so it seems! LOL!)
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
7 May 07
My brother and I tried to play some when we were really young, had the rule book and everything. The only problem was we couldn't figure out what the rules were talking about so we made up our own. That was a long time ago now.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
8 May 07
That's kind of how our rule book is. It's got "directions" for about 15 different games, but no rules of how to play! LOL!
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
7 May 07
I can't remember the size of the circle but we used to use a plate to make the circle. You hit it with the thumb and pointer finger and by putting the thumb under the pointer finger and then flipping/pulling the thumb against the marble. Others would use the middle finger and thumb. The distance we were from the marble varied depending on who was playing. We let the real small kids stay about 3 feet from the circle. Us bigger kids 9 and 10 would try from 5 feet away. Good luck on your game.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
7 May 07
Those are some pretty good rules of thumb for us to get started with, Naty! Thank you for helping us out! :)