Backyard Games: Marbles

playing marbles

Marbles were a hit with my kids!  I’ve never tried it before now, I guess because I have been afraid of the chocking hazard with marbles. Now my kids are older, I decided to introduce them to this ancient game.  And they have been playing it ever since!

What you need



Small plastic bowls

playing marbles


Draw a circle on concrete with chalk (or even a stick in dirt will do).  There are many different variations of the marble game (which you can google if you’re interested) but we just kept it simple.

1.  Each play pick a hitting ball. Ideally, this ball should be large than the other marbles.

2. Sit outside the circle, and have a bowl for each respective player close by.

3.  Spread the rest of the marbles randomly inside the circle.

4. For each player’s turn, they must flick their hitting ball from outside the circle, and try to push the marbles outside the circle.

5.  Any marbles that go outside of the circle are collected and placed in the bowl.  The player with the most marbles at the end of the game, is the winner!

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    January 20, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I was wondering how to play so I clicked the ‘How to play marbles’ but it took me to a site with titles all over saying ‘The Benefits Of Buying Legal Steroids Online’ so next time you are looking up sites make sure that they are appropriate and that the name of the site isn’t the only thing to suit your needs. I will be viewing other posts of yours and making sure that others don’t have any mistakes like this thank you.

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      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      January 22, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Emily, I wrote this post 9 years ago, and unfortunately with the internet, websites change over time and can become spammy. That is not the content I originally linked to but I appreciate you letting me know so I can unlink it. There are heaps of sites that explain how to play marbles, you can try this one. https://www.mastersofgames.com/rules/marbles-rules.htm

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