From Around The World
Jacks is a game that is played
all over the world. Click on the country name below to see how it is
played in Brazil, the United States (Hawaii), and in Israel. Check
out the 'Taste' of the country after the 'How to Play' section and
learn some interesting facts about that country.
'Taste' of Brazil
Marias (Five Marias)
- The color of the Brazilian
flag is green, yellow, blue, and white.
- Brazil is the largest
country in South America and is the fifth largest country in the
- Brazil is so large that it
shares a border with all South American countries except Chile and
- The native language in
Brazil is Portuguese.
- The people of Brazil are a
mixture of Europeans, Africans, Indians, and Asians.
- The second
longest river is the 4,000 mile long Amazon River which is in
2, 3, or 4
5 stones. Children in
Brazil collect flat smooth stones from the roadside or
- Throw five stones on the
- Pick one of the stones
- Toss the stone in the air
and pick up one of the stones on the ground. Continue until you
have all the stones in your hand.
- Repeat steps 1 through 4
only this time pick up two stones at one time. Repeat this picking
up 3 stones at a time and then 4 stones.
- First person with all four
stones is the winner.
Lankford, Mary D. "Jacks
Around the World" Morrow Junior Books, New York 1996 p. 10
'Taste' of Hawaii
- Hawaii is part of the
United States of America.
- Hawaii is in the Pacific
Ocean and is made up of a group of volcanic islands.
- Hawaii became the 50th
- Anthropologists think that
Hawaii was probably settled by Polynesians.
- Honolulu is the capital of
- The word, Kimo, means 'To
100 'ili'ili which are
small rounded pebbles collected on the beach. The pile of stones is
- Choose one slightly larger
pebble. This pebble is called the Kimo.
- Toss the kimo into the air
and pick up one of the pebbles from the pile of 'ai'. You need to
pick up the pebble and catch the Kimo before the Kimo falls on the
- Place the pebble to the
side that you just earned.
- Pick up one pebble at a
time. Failure to catch the kimo ends your turn.
- Count the number of
pebbles that each player has after all the pebbles have been
picked up from the 'ai'. The player with the most 'ai' wins the
Lankford, Mary D. "Jacks Around
the World" Morrow Junior Books, New York 1996 p. 32
'Taste' of Israel
Avanim (Five Stones)
- The color of the Israeli
flag is blue and white and it is symbolic of a Hebrew
- The native language is
- Israel became a Jewish
state in 1948.
- A person born in Israel is
called a 'Sabra' named after a cactus fruit which is prickly on
the outside and sweet on the inside.
- Most of the land in Israel
- Countries that border
Israel are Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.
2 or more
square stones. Use 5 pebbles if these are not available.
- Toss the five stones on
- Select one stone for
- Toss the stone in the air,
pick up one stone with your other hand and catch the tossed stone
on the back of your hand. Continue until you have picked up all
- Repeat steps 1 - 3 only
this time pick up two stones at a time. Repeat this picking up 3
and then 4 stones at one time.
SOURCE: Lankford, Mary D.
"Jacks Around the World" Morrow Junior Books, New York 1996 p.